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Labour news from Asia


Asia

South Asia Consultation on GCM Held in Nepal 2019-07-17 [Migration News - Bangladesh]
Textile and garment unions in South East Asia build networks 2019-07-15 [IndustriALL]
UNI Apro joins Asia Pacific Trade Unions to raise key concerns over latest RCEP negotiation 2019-07-05 [UNI Global Union]


Afghanistan

Radio journalist found murdered after disappearance 2019-07-16 [IFJ]
Deadly day for Shamshad TV with one dead and seven injured 2019-07-03 [IFJ]
Mena Mangal: Journalist and women's rights campaigner shot dead in broad day light in Kabul 2019-05-19 [The Independent]


Armenia

Unions gather for a regional meeting in Armenia 2017-10-05 [IndustriALL]
Unionists underpin role of education in teaching human rights and values 2017-04-08 [Education International ]
Defending Armenia’s Workers – Is Class Struggle on the Agenda? 2016-09-11 [hetq]


Azerbaijan

State Academic Musical Theater workers awarded 2019-07-06 [MENAFN]
Unions in Moldova and Azerbaijan sign a cooperation agreement 2019-05-14 [ILO ACTRAV]
Country violated the rights of investigative journalist Khadija Ismayilova 2019-01-12 [EFJ]


Australia

Chef Neil Perry's empire could be next after George Calombaris payout 2019-07-19 [Melbourne Age]
Unionist call for George Calombaris to lose MasterChef job after staff underpaid by $7.8m 2019-07-19 [Guardian Australia]
DP World Australia Makes Further Job Cuts 2019-07-19 [The Maritime Executive]


Bangladesh

Bangladesh young unionists demand greater role 2019-07-15 [IndustriALL]
BD in 10 worst countries for workers 2019-07-06 [The New Nation]
A worrying Bangladesh berth in worst countries for workers 2019-07-06 [The New Age]


Bhutan


Brunei


Burma

Myanmar unions fighting obstacles to organizing 2018-11-19 [IndustriALL]
Dozens injured in crackdown on Myanmar garment worker protest 2018-10-18 [Eyewitness News]
Protesting workers attacked by ‘hired thugs’ 2018-10-17 [The Star]


Cambodia

Freedom of assembly blocked, activists arrested 2019-07-15 [IFJ]
Mebun Justice Now - sign the petition to support Angkor temple restoration workers now ActNOW! 2019-07-09 [BWI]
Fatal Building Collapse Survivors Relive Hours Before Rescue 2019-07-06 [VoA]


China

Wife of Australian writer blocked from leaving Beijing 2019-07-15 [IFJ]
Decent healthcare still a distant dream for most workers 2019-07-06 [CLB]
Hundred workers strike at listed company, Prosperous Printing Co., Ltd. Poor working conditions revealed 2019-07-05 [HKCTU]


Hong Kong

Frontline officers warn of reaching breaking point amid protest violence 2019-07-16 [The South China Morning Post]
Solidarity with Hong Kong education unionists’ protest actions 2019-07-14 [Education International]
Citizens' Radio office vandalized 2019-07-10 [IFJ]


India

200 workers deployed at Mumbai-Pune Expressway and National Highway on strike 2019-07-19 [Mid-Day]
Child labour in film, TV comes under scanner 2019-07-19 [The Hindu]
Finance minister curbs journalist access to government 2019-07-18 [IFJ]


Indonesia

Massenproteste zur Forderung der Freilassung von inhaftierter Gewerkschaftsführerin bei BMI Indonesien Haupt-Reiter 2019-07-11 [IUL]
Mass protests demand freedom for imprisoned union leader at BMI seafood Indonesia 2019-07-10 [IUF]
SERBUK uses new app to call for stronger legal protections for informal workers 2019-06-28 [BWI]


Japan

Uber Eats delivery staff in Japan to launch labor union as they dispute their 'contractor' status 2019-06-13 [The Times]
Uber Eats delivery staff in Japan to launch labor union as they dispute their 'contractor' status 2019-06-13 [Japan Times]
Government inches toward easing foreign workers' culture shock 2019-06-11 [Asian Review]


Kazakhstan

International condemnation as repression deepens in Kazakhstan 2019-07-18 [ITUC]
Kazakh trade union leader faces 8 years in jail 2019-07-01 [IndustriALL]
Workers’ Rights Crackdown Under Fresh Scrutiny 2019-06-11 [HRW]


Korea

Busan subway workers end strike after pay raise deal 2019-07-12 [Yonhap News]
Labor and Management of Renault Samsung Motors Reach Tentative Agreement on Wage Hike 2019-06-13 [Biz Korea]
KCTU's attempt for cross-society strike 2019-03-11 [Dong-A Ilbo]


Kyrgyzstan

Kyrgyz unions oppose anti-union law 2019-04-25 [IndustriALL]
Workers in Kyrgyzstan left without legal protection 2019-03-07 [IndustriALL]
Child Labor Problem Urgent: Kyrgyzstan Workers 2018-10-04 [Solidarity Center]


Laos

Liquid Labourscape: Ad Hoc Experimentation in a Chinese Special Economic Zone in Laos 2017-11-24 [Chinoiresie]
Three Lao Workers Jailed For Criticizing Government Online Still Held After More Than a Year 2017-03-09 [RFA]
Salary Delays Slow Government Work in Laos 2017-01-07 [RFA]


Malaysia

RM700 too high to encourage workers to take up latest amnesty programme, says union 2019-07-19 [Free Malaysia Today]
1,500 Sipitang timber workers hopeful for their job security 2019-07-09 [MalaysiaKini]
Empower our local workers with a living wage 2019-07-01 [The Star]


Maldives

Hotel resort workers highlight need for legal minimum wage in national elections 2019-04-03 [IUF]
Ruling party leader calls for shut down of Raajje TV 2018-02-06 [IFJ]
Police rough up, arrest journalists covering opposition rally 2017-07-28 [IFJ]


Mongolia

Tackling mine safety in Vietnam and Mongolia 2019-06-11 [IndustriALL]
The VIIth Mongolian Teachers’ Congress reaffirms the importance to promote and invest in quality public education 2019-05-07 [Education International]
Mongolia: IndustriALL and Rio Tinto conduct joint mission at Oyu Tolgoi mine 2018-09-26 [IndustriALL]


Nepal

Activist climbs Everest in ILO convention campaign 2019-05-28 [ITF]
Government drafts harsh provisions to Media Council Act 2019-05-16 [IFJ]
Nepal to sign bilateral labour pact with Turkey and Poland 2019-05-12 [The Himalayan Times]


Pakistan

Censorship continues in Imran Khan’s Pakistan 2019-07-18 [IFJ]
Journalists targeted on Twitter 2019-07-15 [IFJ]
Three TV channels taken down after airing opposition leader’s live speech 2019-07-15 [IFJ]


Philippines

IFJ affiliate accused in communist smear campaign 2019-07-15 [IFJ]
Journalist Eduardo Dizon shot dead following death threats 2019-07-12 [IFJ]
Bacolod labor unions support bus firms’ creators in family feud 2019-07-09 [The Inquirer]


Singapore

Over 50 training committees formed by unions, companies to equip workers with skills to overcome tech disruption 2019-06-13 [The Straits Times]
SembWaste partners BATU for CTC to address 700 employees’ training needs 2019-06-07 [HRO]
Efforts to retrain workers have made a difference, helped to keep retrenchment rate low: PM Lee 2019-05-01 [The Straits Times]


Sri Lanka

ITF calls on Sri Lankan government to release Ukrainian seafarer after three years of detention 2019-07-10 [ITF]
Journalist faces charge over article 2019-06-18 [IFJ]
'Anywhere there are transport workers, we'll be there' 2019-06-18 [ITF]


Taiwan

EVA Air cabin crew end strike 2019-07-09 [The Times]
'You have messed with the wrong people' says union leader as unprecedented airline strike ends 2019-07-08 [Outlook]
EVA Flight Attendants’ Strike Comes to an End 2019-07-07 [The New Bloom]


Tajikistan

'Equal Rights Are Not For Us,' And Other Thoughts On Women's Day 2017-03-09 [RFE/Radio Liberty]
Teachers trained on trade unionism and Sustainable Development Goals 2016-06-17 [Education International]
Workers unhappy that Iranian company in Tajikstan owes 6 months pay 2016-05-18 [RFE/Radio Liberty]


Thailand

Thai Airways workers union: Plan to acquire 38 new aircraft 'almost impossible to implement' 2019-07-17 [CAPA]
Meet the Thai woman ensuring that your seafood dinner isn't harvested by slaves 2019-07-14 [Mother Jones]
Union takes big step to building aviation workers’ power 2019-07-10 [ITF]


Tibet


Turkey

EFJ-IFJ call for acquittal of Özgür Gündem guest editors 2019-07-16 [EFJ]
Court confirms #TheCargill14 were fired for forming a union 2019-07-12 [IUF]
Think-tank report escalates harassment of journalists 2019-07-10 [EFJ]


Turkmenistan

IFJ joins calls for the release of journalist Gaspar Matalaev 2019-06-18 [IFJ]
Free Gaspar Matalaev, end forced and child labour! 2018-10-15 [IUF]
Children Forced to Labor in Turkmenistan Cotton Fields 2018-02-02 [Solidarity Center]


Uzbekistan

Activists welcome progress towards eradication of forced labour, child labour 2019-04-11 [ILO]
The democratic future of Uzbekistan doesn’t depend on the politicians, but whether workers can mobilise 2018-10-13 [openDemocracy]
Fewer Workers Forced to Prepare Uzbek Cotton Fields 2018-09-10 [Solidarity Center]


Vietnam

Government Gambles on Workers’ Rights 2019-07-08 [Jacobin]
Labour Update #19 2019-07-08 [TinyLetter]
Labour Update #18 2019-06-30 [TinyLetter]
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