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Labour news from Asia


Asia

Labor Migration: A Solidarity Center Conference 2015-07-31 [Solidarity Center]
SRI and ITF back new book on plight of fishers 2015-07-29 [ITF Global Union]
Sea Slaves’: Forced Labor for Cheap Fish 2015-07-27 [The Times]


Afghanistan

AID ORGANISATIONS UNDER INCREASING PRESSURE IN PAKISTAN, AFGHANISTAN 2015-07-02 [Equal Times]
AID ORGANISATIONS UNDER INCREASING PRESSURE IN PAKISTAN, AFGHANISTAN 2015-07-02 [Equal Times]
Afgan teachers strike 2015-06-08 [AP]


Armenia

IFJ and EFJ ask for a full investigation into attacks on media workers by Police at a demonstration in Armenia 2015-06-27 [IFJ]
Workers at Narit Plant not paid salaries 2015-06-25 [Armen Press]
Nairit Saga: PM promises chemical plant workers’ back wages will be paid by yearend 2015-05-22 [Armenia Now]


Azerbaijan

The Reporting That Jailed Khadija 2015-07-21 [RFE/Radio Liberty]
IFJ and EFJ launch digital safety tips ahead of Baku Games 2015-06-16 [IFJ]
AZERBAIJAN: RUTHLESS REPRESSION IN THE SHADOW OF THE FIRST EUROPEAN GAMES 2015-06-10 [Equal Times]


Australia

Chill out .... it is only safety 2015-07-31 [Commission Watch]
Victoria Ruling forces Grill'd store to increase wages 2015-07-31 [Fairfax Media]
25,000 public service jobs threatened by government's 'digital transformation' 2015-07-31 [Fairfax Media]


Bangladesh

10 RMG workers hurt as cops use batons 2015-07-29 [The Daily Star]
Workers besiege office for arrears, bonus 2015-07-13 [The Daily Star]
TUC Aid and NGWF programme trains over 500 women workers in organising and labour rights in Bangladesh 2015-07-10 [TUC]


Bhutan


Brunei


Burma

Management at Bagan Hotel River View in Myanmar responds to international campaign with new rights abuses 2015-07-30 [IUF]
National Trade Union Centre Officially Registered 2015-07-29 [ITUC]
Myanmar: National Trade Union Centre Officially Registered 2015-07-28 [ITUC]


Cambodia

Protesting bus drivers ordered to halt strike 2015-07-30 [The Post]
Arbitration Body Orders Capitol Tours Bus Drivers Back to Work 2015-07-30 [The Daily]
Cambodia: How the ILO helps to promote labour standards in global supply chains 2015-07-29 [ILO]


China

migrant workers embrace new opportunities closer to home 2015-07-30 [Equal Times]
A thorn in the side of Walmart: Wang Shishu goes to court again 2015-07-30 [China Labour Bulletin]
Henan company proposes fining workers for 'unapproved' pregnancies 2015-07-30 [Fortune]


Hong Kong

Veteran journalist urges relook at retirement age 2015-07-31 [RTHK]
Next Media to shed 110 staff, close magazine 2015-07-31 [ejinsight]
Older workers in Hong Kong prefer flexible working hours 2015-07-31 [Human Resources]


India

Sugar mill workers’ union ask government to rectify pay disparity 2015-07-31 [The Hindu]
Maharashtra Parsi Punchayet, workers settle wage dispute amicably 2015-07-30 [The Times]
Andhra Pradesh CITU calls for support to strike 2015-07-30 [The Hindu]


Indonesia

Indonesia, Thailand to step up manpower cooperation 2015-07-30 [Antara]
Putting an end to trafficking in persons 2015-07-30 [JP]
Bangladeshi jailed in Singapore for molesting four maids 2015-07-30 [asiaone.com]


Japan

Hike proposed of ¥18 per hour in minimum wage 2015-07-30 [Japan Times]
Subaru’s Secret: Low-Paid Foreign Workers Power an Export Boom 2015-07-29 [JG]
Toshiba to Cut Interim CEO Pay by 90% on Accounting Scandal 2015-07-29 [JG]


Kazakhstan

Stronger education unions through reinforcement of negotiating and organising skills 2015-07-17 [Education International]
Legal shackles on workers’ movement challenged 2015-06-23 [USI]
A Bad Rights Reputation That's Getting Worse 2015-06-14 [Qishloq Ovozi]


Korea

Gigasmell for koreanske verft 2015-07-29 [Bloomberg]
GM's South Korea workers to stage partial strike on Friday 2015-07-16 [Reuters]
GM Korea’s union plans strike on pay 2015-07-03 [JoonAng]


Kyrgyzstan

Flash mob protest against slave labour code 2015-07-04 [IndustriALL Global Union]
ACT NOW! The proposed amendments to Labour Code contradict ILO standards 2015-07-03 [BWI]
Chinese oil company recognizes union 2015-04-28 [IndustriALL Global Union]


Laos

Teachers Go Unpaid in Southern Lao Province 2015-05-13 [Radio Free Asia]
Country Should Address Human Rights Issues, Says Group 2015-01-20 [Phuketwan]
Gvt s Freezes Salary Increase For 150,000-plus Civil Servants 2014-08-09 [Radio Free Asia]


Malaysia

ITUC complains that US State Department 'manipulated' its Malaysia people trafficking decision 2015-07-28 [ITUC]
White House Accused of 'Selling Out' Fight Against Human Trafficking Over Malaysia 2015-07-28 [VICE News]
Palm-Oil Migrant Workers Tell of Abuses on Malaysian Plantations 2015-07-27 [WSJ]


Maldives

Resort workers press government to legislate rights, standards in tourism 2015-06-03 [IUF]
Resort workers rally for ‘living wage’ 2015-05-31 [Minivan News]
Resort Workers Sign Petition For US $600 Minimum Wage 2015-05-09 [Focus]


Mongolia

ILO calls on Mongolia to protect N.K. workers 2015-06-10 [K. Times]
IndustriALL mining conference in Ulan Bator focuses on workers' rights and sustainable development 2014-10-23 [IndustriALL Global Union]
Global unions converge in Mongolia in campaign for Rio Tinto workers’ rights 2014-10-21 [IndustriALL Global Union]


Nepal

Rajbhandari to ‘raise bonded labour issue’ 2015-07-28 [ekantipur.com]
'We need shelter to survive the winter' – how unions can help families in Nepal 2015-07-24 [UNI Global Union]
Recruiting Agencies in Nepal on Strike against new 'Zero-Cost'- Migration Policy 2015-07-24 [BWI]


Pakistan

I-11 slum dwellers stand defiant in the face of CDA bulldozers, police 2015-07-28 [Pakistan Today]
Union seeks PM’s intervention as MNAs, MPAs pressurising Discos management 2015-07-25 [The Nation]
Employees of five hospitals protest, warn of strike 2015-07-12 [Dawn]


Philippines

Philippines requests MLA for Mary Jane 2015-07-30 [Antara]
TUCP to Noy: Raise minimium salary of workers 2015-07-25 [The Star]
The inside story of the Kentex disaster: '74 workers died but no one is in prison' 2015-07-23 [theguardian.com]


Singapore

IndustriALL Singapore National Council formed 2015-07-30 [IndustriALL Global Union]
NTUC pushes to better represent PMEs 2015-07-29 [The Straits Times]
Singapore`s Search for Talent Spurs Wages 2015-06-29 [Tempo]


Sri Lanka

Our country made place supplying domestic servants to the world, we’ll change this – JVP 2015-07-25 [Unions Lanka]
All employees for duty from today by winning central bank struggle 2015-07-25 [Unions Lanka]
A complaint from EB employees to election commissioner, against granting of political appointments 2015-07-25 [Unions Lanka]


Taiwan

Solidarity with the struggle of dismissed HYDIS workers (#3) 2015-07-21 [CINA]
Labor groups in Taiwan urge Uniqlo to intervene in strike talks in China 2015-07-18 [Want China Times]
Local Taiwan labor groups urge Uniqlo to intervene in strike talks in China 2015-07-18 [Focus Taiwan]


Tajikistan

Trade union workshops get to the root of local challenges 2015-06-15 [Education International]
Female teachers threatened with death if they do not stop teaching: 3 detained 2015-04-22 [RFE/Radio Liberty]
Employees Of Russian Base Protest Over Unpaid Wages 2015-04-17 [RFE/Radio Liberty]


Thailand

Letter to John Kerry Highlights Phuketwan, Andy Hall Defamation Trials 2015-07-28 [PhuketWan]
Letter to John Kerry Re: Thailand & 2015 Trafficking in Persons Report 2015-07-28 [Human Rights Watch]
Defending workers’ rights defenders: Andy Hall in Thailand 2015-07-21 [Stronger Unions]


Tibet

Over 100 Tibetan Teachers Stage Protest March After Demands Ignored 2014-05-09 [Radio Free Asia]
Machine guns fired on mine protesters 2013-10-22 [Truthloader]
83 workers buried in Tibet landslide 2013-03-30 [The Hindu]


Turkey

Supplier for multinationals Enpay sacks 65 for joining union in Turkey 2015-07-30 [IndustriALL Global Union]
Unions raise alarm about food safety, slam inadequate gov’t efforts 2015-07-27 [Zamen]
ETUC and Youth Committee condemn Suruc bomb attack 2015-07-24 [ETUC]


Turkmenistan


Uzbekistan

Trafficking Report Boosts Uzbekistan Ranking 2015-07-29 [Solidarity Center]
Human Trafficking: U.S. Decisions Fails Forced Labor Victims Uzbekistan placement supports state-sponsored forced labor 2015-07-28 [Cotton Campaign]
Ban Ki-moon: Uzbekistan Must Do More to End Forced Labor 2015-06-17 [Solidarity Center]


Vietnam

Work accidents claim 600 lives each year 2015-07-28 [Thanh Nien News]
Unemployment inched up in first quarter 2015-07-24 [Thanh Nien News]
labor union proposes 17 percent wage increase for 2016 2015-07-24 [Thanh Nien News]
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