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Labour news from Asia


Asia

Seafood from slaves 2015-03-26 [NZ Herald]
International seafood supply contaminated with ‘slave-caught’ fish 2015-03-25 [The Spectator]
Asia Pacific maritime cadets receive HIV/AIDS prevention training 2015-03-23 [ITF]


Afghanistan

AFGHAN REFUGEES FORCED OUT OF PAKISTAN 2015-03-04 [Equal Times]
Radio journalist gunned down at wedding 2015-01-21 [IFJ]
Afghanistan’s ethnic question obstructs its digital future 2015-01-14 [Equal Times]


Armenia

Artsakh Trade Unions Hold 3rd Congress 2014-12-26 [Asbarez]
Rubber workers protest over unpaid wages 2014-12-19 [IndustriALL Global Union]
Nairit workers threaten to block Bagratuniats Street 2014-12-06 [Aysor]


Azerbaijan

Hidden Journalist Refugee at Swiss Embassy in Azerbaijan 2015-02-14 [IFJ]
Executive Committee of General Confederation of Trade Unions convenes in Baku 2014-10-23 [News.Az]
President receives Secretary General of Int'l Confederation of Trade Unions 2014-10-23 [News.Az]


Australia

Queues to grow as public servants’ stop-work takes effect 2015-03-30 [The Australian]
CPSU industrial action set to disrupt airports over Easter 2015-03-30 [Fairfax Media]
Action to hit airports, Centrelink and Medicare 2015-03-30 [CPSU]


Bangladesh

Workers' rights through a gender lens 2015-03-25 [The Daily Star]
Rana Plaza: Countdown to second anniversary begins with compensation fund still US$9 million short 2015-03-24 [IndustriALL Global Union]
RANA PLAZA SURVIVOR ARRESTED FOR SEEKING JUSTICE 2015-03-20 [Equal Times]


Bhutan

Ministry of labour resolves dispute 2010-07-23 [Kuensel]


Brunei


Burma

Trade unions condemn the terrible crackdown on students 2015-03-14 [Education International]
‘Unions have hit a glass ceiling’ 2015-03-10 [Mizzima]
Workers issue threat to government over arrests 2015-03-10 [The Times]


Cambodia

As Phnom Penh's skyline rises, so do wages 2015-03-28 [The Post]
From Dongguan to Phnom Penh, its déjà vu all over again 2015-03-19 [China Labour Bulletin]
Human Rights Watch calls on Cambodia to Enforce Labor Rights Law in Garment Industry 2015-03-19 [Human Rights Watch]


China

CLB launches new map to monitor work-related accidents and deaths in China 2015-03-27 [China Labour Bulletin]
Labour groups need to work together to better serve the interests of China’s workers: Veteran labour lawyer 2015-03-27 [China Labour Bulletin]
Trade union official has callous and ignorant response to death of elderly street sweeper 2015-03-27 [China Labour Bulletin]


Hong Kong

Media union warns press freedom detoriorated further in HK last year 2015-03-28 [RTHK]
Bosses face crunch as workers look at move 2015-03-27 [HK Standard]
Media freedom deteriorates in Hong Kong 2015-03-27 [HKJA]


India

Delhi Some dues paid, but stir on 2015-03-30 [NYOOZ]
Delhi Sanitation workers’ strike enters day 5 2015-03-29 [Express News Service]
Delhi Striking workers litter East Delhi with rotting garbage 2015-03-28 [The Express]


Indonesia

One construction worker dead, several injured, in South Jakarta fire 2015-03-30 [Jakarta Globe]
Jokowi to mark May Day by breaking ground on 1 million house program 2015-03-30 [Tempo]
North Jakarta unions protest fuel price rise 2015-03-30 [Jakarta Globe]


Japan

Metalworkers secure major wage increase 2015-03-27 [IndustriALL Global Union]
Toyota joins Japan peers in agreeing to higher base-pay raises 2015-03-18 [Reuters]
Panasonic agrees to base pay rises bigger than last year 2015-03-18 [Reuters]


Kazakhstan

ArcelorMittal Temirtau employees to receive full salary 2015-02-11 [Tengri News]
Labour conflicts, trade union and new legislation 2015-01-17 [The Times of Central Asia]
Kazakh oil workers: the fight for justice goes on 2014-12-26 [People and Nature]


Korea

Court rules in favour of Hyundai Motor in wage dispute 2015-01-16 [Yahoo]
Mahindra boss discusses plight of fired workers 2015-01-14 [JoonAng]
Workers at South Korea's Hyundai Heavy Industries set to strike 2014-11-19 [AFP]


Kyrgyzstan

Kyrgyzstan: where informality is a lifestyle 2014-11-04 [Equal Times]
The water crisis dividing Kyrgyzstan 2014-07-30 [Equal Times]
Strikers in Kyrgyzstan could face 15 years in prison 2014-03-14 [IndustriALL Global Union]


Laos

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]
Government lambasted for lack of rights progress 2014-06-10 [UCA News]


Malaysia

Sack MAS, Khazanah bosses instead of staff, unions say 2015-03-24 [The Mail]
Union wants PM to intervene in MAS’ retrenchment exercise 2015-03-23 [The Post]
MAS should fix internal problems first, says Nufam 2015-03-23 [The Post]


Maldives

Sheraton workers take to the sea to deliver Shame on Sheraton message 2015-02-23 [IUF]
Govt asks teachers not to participate in black clothes' strike 2014-04-08 [Haveeru]
Teachers in black clothes in protest of low salaries 2014-04-08 [Haveeru]


Mongolia

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]
Landmark judgment against Rio Tinto in Mongolian court 2013-10-16 [IndustriALL Global Union]


Nepal

Workers halt work again 2015-03-30 [Kantipur]
GSG Malaysia Sits in Discussion with Nepali Parliamentarians and Ambassador 2015-03-29 [GEFONT]
United Against Slavery of Migrant Workers in Qatar! 2015-03-29 [GEFONT]


Pakistan

PIA daily wagers under-paid in violation of law 2015-03-30 [The Nation]
Power (unchecked) shocks two Fesco officers 2015-03-28 [Dawn]
Govt urged to amend labour laws 2015-03-28 [The Nation]


Philippines

West Visayas workers get P11.50 pay hike per day 2015-03-28 [The Inquirer]
Wage workers get an increase 2015-03-27 [Tempo]
200 pharma workers to hold strike 2015-03-25 [Tempo]


Singapore

Unionists, bank staff say goodbyes 2015-03-30 [The Straits Times]
Mr Lee Kuan Yew gave 'much support' to the unions: Trade unionist G Muthukumarasamy 2015-03-29 [Channel News Asia]
Lee boosted financial status of Indians, says union leader 2015-03-29 [The Sun-Times]


Sri Lanka

Agitations from priority graduate teachers demanding solutions for their issues 2015-03-29 [Unions Lanka]
Would you like to be on a Zero Hours Contract? 2015-03-28 [The Guardian]
EFC addresses unions and govt. on demand for private sector wage hike 2015-03-22 [The Sunday Island]


Taiwan

S. Korean workers rally inside bank 2015-03-28 [Taipei Times]
Post office may end delivery to homes with hostile pets 2015-03-23 [The Times]
Migrant worker protest in Taipei for fairer wages 2015-03-15 [CNA]


Tajikistan

RUSSIA’S CALLING FADES FOR TAJIK MIGRANTS 2014-12-29 [Equal Times]
EI workshops contribute to building a strong union 2014-08-22 [Education International]


Thailand

Junta leader: I'll fight forced labor in fish industry 2015-03-28 [Associated Press]
USA: Thailand must end slavery in its fishing fleets 2015-03-26 [Times Union]
Thai seafood firm drops supplier named in AP slavery report 2015-03-26 [Rep-Am]


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

CHP's pensioner program receives union backing 2015-03-28 [Cihan]
Five workers’ union heads acquitted of charges over Workers’ Day call 2015-03-25 [Hurriyet]
Labor unions push gov’t to allow Labor Day demonstrations in Taksim 2015-03-25 [Zaman]


Turkmenistan


Uzbekistan

Govt deports labour rights consultant 2015-03-26 [Solidarity Center]
Govt Expels International Labor Rights Consultant 2015-03-26 [RFE/Radio Liberty]
Gvt arrests and deports international labor rights consultant 2015-03-26 [Cotton Campaign]


Vietnam

Scaffold collapse kills at least 14 at Formosa steel complex in Ha Tinh province 2015-03-27 [Thanh Nien News]
Survivor of fatal scaffolding collapse: 'We ran but were ordered to return to work' 2015-03-27 [Thanh Nien News]
Nearly 50 pct of sex workers are victims of violence 2015-03-27 [Thanh Nien News]
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