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Labour news from Asia


Asia

Migrant Workers 'Shouldn't Have to Be Tortured to Have Work' 2014-09-19 [Solidarity Center]
YOUNG WORKERS IN ASIA AND THE PACIFIC FACE INSTABILITY AND VULNERABILITY 2014-09-16 [Equal Times]
Across Asia's borders, labour activists team up to press wage claims 2014-08-18 [Reuters]


Afghanistan

Female journalist brutally stabbed and murdered in Afghanistan 2014-09-18 [IFJ]
Radio journalist assassinated at home 2014-07-18 [IFJ]
Court jails Pakistani journalist for four years 2014-07-16 [IFJ]


Armenia

Protection of workers’ labor, safety and health 2013-06-26 [ARKA]
Protecting Workers’ Rights 2012-12-05 [Asbarez]
Chemical Plant Workers Again Protest In Yerevan 2012-11-29 [azatutyun]


Azerbaijan

The new social workers 2013-06-07 [The Guardian]
5th Congress of the Federation of Trade Unions of Constructional Complex Workers Decides on Union Growth Strategy 2012-09-28 [BWI]
Conference of Railway Employees Trade Unions held in Azerbaijan 2012-04-26 [ABC]


Australia

Queensland On the way to fair pay 2014-09-24 [Together Union]
Victoria Work bans to continue at Whittlesea Council 2014-09-23 [ASU Victoria and Tasmania]
Tasmania Qantas call centre jobs: Union accuses airline of backflip on Hobart staff promise 2014-09-23 [ABC]


Bangladesh

30 hurt as management staff beat up workers 2014-09-19 [Daily Star]
30 hurt as management staff beat up workers trying to form union 2014-09-19 [The Daily Star]
Canadian activists urge their govt to support Rana Plaza victims 2014-09-18 [The Daily Star]


Bhutan

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


Brunei


Burma

Myanmar: BWFM first Congress passes a resolution to affiliate to the BWI 2014-09-20 [BWI]
Strike for 50 cents at factory exporting footwear to Europe, Canada and US 2014-09-17 [Eleven]
Journalist Union, media bodies call for press protection 2014-07-29 [Democratic Voice of Burma]


Cambodia

Garment Workers Are Pressuring H&M, Walmart and Zara to Make Their Suppliers Pay a Living Wage 2014-09-21 [The Global Post]
Brands say they will pay more for clothes made in Cambodia 2014-09-20 [IndustriALL Global Union]
Garment workers press factories for pay rise 2014-09-20 [CHANNEL NEWS ASIA]


China

The company that made your iPhone is reluctantly bringing democracy to Chinese labor 2014-09-23 [Quartz]
Media in China condemns American retail giant Wal-Mart for firing food-safety whistle blowers 2014-09-23 [China Labour Bulletin]
Sanitation workers get compensation from old employer, hit roadblock with new employer 2014-09-23 [China Labour Bulletin]


Hong Kong

Hundreds of academics protest Beijing's 'undemocratic' reform plan 2014-09-15 [The South China Morning Post]
FADWU meeting with Hong Kong Labor Department about wages increase 2014-08-14 [FADWU]
Big HK aircraft maintenance company hit by laboue shortages 2014-08-11 [SCMP]


India

Power staff threaten bigger strike 2014-09-23 [TNN]
Kerala Trade Unions in Information Technology Sector Worry Kerala Industry 2014-09-22 [NDTV]
Tamil Nadu NLC labour issue bogged down in union activism 2014-09-22 [The Hindu]


Indonesia

FKUI strengthens strategy of organising cement workers 2014-09-20 [BWI]
Mogul says poor infrastructure, 'rigid' labour laws barriers to manufacturing growth 2014-09-19 [Jakarta Post]
Accused cleaners take torture claims to rights commission 2014-09-19 [Jakarta Post]


Japan

Shibaura Institute of Technology teachers on strike 2014-09-22 [Tozen]
Japanese workers’ fight against karoshi, death from overwork 2014-09-19 [Red Pepper]
Tozen enters dispute with AIG Group firm 2014-09-16 [Tozen]


Kazakhstan

Free unionism is now either a criminal or administrative offence 2014-09-23 [IndustriALL Global Union]
New Kazakhstan Law on Trade Unions and Amendments to the Labour Code 2014-07-25 [National Law Review]
Draconian Laws Threaten Free Trade Unions in Kazakstan 2014-07-13 [IWPR]


Korea

Kia Motors’ GwangjuPlant Workers to Stage Partial Strike on August 28 2014-08-28 [IT Times]
Health care workers protest against privatisation 2014-07-04 [AAWL]
khmu strike 2014-06-27 [KHMU]


Kyrgyzstan

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]
In Kyrgyzstan, we need to expand women’s access to economic resources 2014-03-06 [UN Women]


Laos

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]
Hundreds of Local Workers Laid Off at Laos Gold Mine 2014-01-29 [Radio Free Asia]


Malaysia

Union raises stink over banks merger, says workers not consulted 2014-09-20 [Insider]
Electronics workers abused, not allowed unions, MTUC says 2014-09-19 [Insider]
Gender equity crucial to quality education 2014-09-14 [Education International]


Maldives

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]
Man injured in STO tanker fire dies 2014-03-28 [Haveeru]


Mongolia

Landmark judgment against Rio Tinto in Mongolian court 2013-10-16 [IndustriALL Global Union]
CMTU to demonstrate for minimum monthly wage increases 2013-09-15 [The Post]
A Rio Tinto Classic: Trade Union Rights violation and Dismissal of thousands in Mongolia 2013-08-21 [IndustriALL Global Union]


Nepal

ADBL employees in strike 2014-09-22 [New Spotlight]
Workers of Morang District take GEFONT membership 2014-09-19 [GEFONT]
Union Strengthen Campaign of Bagmati GEFONT 2014-09-19 [GEFONT]


Pakistan

Eight Jang Group workers unions issue rejoinder to Imran Khan 2014-09-22 [The News]
Shots fired at home of senior leader of Pakistan journalist union 2014-09-20 [IFJ]
BWI supports Ban Asbestos Campaign in Pakistan 2014-09-20 [BWI]


Philippines

Call center workers urged to form unions 2014-09-09 [The Inquirer]
Radio network workers to go on strike 2014-08-28 [The Sun-Star]
RMN union members hold picket in Davao City 2014-08-27 [The Examiner]


Singapore

Union membership growing at faster rate: NTUC 2014-08-21 [Today]
Shot in the arm for lower-wage workers in healthcare sector 2014-08-16 [Today]
Singapore agencies warned vs. advertising domestic workers as commodities 2014-07-16 [GMA News]


Sri Lanka

Graphite miners stage underground strike 2014-09-23 [The Island]
State hospitals back to normal as the supplementary staff ends the strike 2014-09-02 [The Colombo Page]
Decision reached to temporarily halt health workers’ strike 2014-08-31 [News First]


Taiwan

CPC workers protest privatization plans 2014-09-06 [The Post]
Next TV union demands investigation into deal 2014-09-02 [The Times]
Employees of state-owned banks plan to stage a strike 2014-07-24 [The Post]


Tajikistan

EI workshops contribute to building a strong union 2014-08-22 [Education International]


Thailand

Thai trial of British researcher is blatant victimization 2014-09-05 [ITF]
British Activist Andy Hall in Thai Court in Defamation Lawsuit ActNOW! 2014-09-03 [WSJ]
Andy Hall: Thailand trial for UK labour activist ActNOW! 2014-09-03 [BBC]


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

Crown continues union busting in Turkey and Canada 2014-09-23 [IndustriALL Global Union]
Growing tension erupts in sporadic violence against Syrian refugees 2014-09-23 [Equal Times]
After the workplace murder that left 10 workers dead, the majority of workers at Torun Center protest working conditions 2014-09-23 [Bianet]


Turkmenistan


Uzbekistan

Union of independent journalists to be established 2014-02-16 [The Times]
More Sharing Services Share on email Financing Forced Labor in the Cotton Fields of Uzbekistan 2013-10-17 [AFL-CIO]
Dispatches: death at cotton harvest 2013-09-27 [HRW]


Vietnam

Safety investment inspires AMWU Expert In Vietnam Visit 2014-09-19 [AMWU]
Trade Unions in Transition: Changing Industrial Relations in Vietnam 2014-09-10 [The Socialist Project]
Ho Chi Minh City's abusive massage boss sentenced to 12 years 2014-09-08 [Thanh Nien News]
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