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Labour news from Asia


Asia

Asia-Pacific seeks to save TPP trade deal without US 2017-03-17 [Dhaka Tribune]
Labor Mobility in ASEAN: Current Commitments and Future Limitations 2017-03-16 [aseanbriefing]
South Asia unions commemorate IWD 2017-03-15 [BWi]


Afghanistan

This Kabul restaurant boosts the dreams of Afghan women 2017-03-18 [PRI]
Group Says Last Year Deadliest For Journalists On Record 2017-01-20 [RFE/RL]
Carpet weavers union says low wages forcing people out of the profession 2017-01-15 [TOLO News]


Armenia

Defending Armenia’s Workers – Is Class Struggle on the Agenda? 2016-09-11 [hetq]
Excessive police force against journalists covering demonstrations 2016-08-03 [IFJ]
Press conference entitled: labor law, trade unions, the legislation problems 2016-05-05 [ANA]


Azerbaijan

18 worker deaths a year - oil company SOCAR lambasted over safety record 2016-12-21 [Hazardex]
9 Azerbaijani Oil Workers Still Missing In Caspian Sea 2016-12-19 [VoA]
Oil Platform Collapse Leaves One Dead, Nine Missing In Caspian Sea 2016-12-19 [RFERL]


Australia

'They could not recover any of my money': millions wait for their superannuation 2017-03-27 [Fairfax Media]
Tasmania Not-so fair to be in firing line of Fair Work 2017-03-27 [Launceston Examiner]
NDIS as a model for labour market deregulation 2017-03-27 [Newcastle Herald]


Bangladesh

Legal battle halts sending workers to Malaysia 2017-03-25 [thefinancialexpress-b]
EU warns Bangladesh of GSP suspension over labour rights 2017-03-24 [Dhaka Tribune]
How your bad shopping choices affect my loved ones in Bangladesh 2017-03-23 [SMH]


Bhutan


Brunei


Burma

Educators’ right to collective bargaining on the line 2017-03-24 [Education International]
In Burma, garment industry booms — and labour unions pay the price 2017-03-21 [DVB]
Safe employment project for women launched 2017-03-21 [MM Times]


Cambodia

Organizations Warn of ‘Massive Threat’ in Draft Wage Law 2017-03-23 [cambodiadaily]
One Dead After Explosion at Levi’s Supplier 2017-03-23 [cambodiadaily]
New wage law flawed: study 2017-03-23 [phnompenhpost]


China

International Labour Organization urge the Chinese Government to respect workers’ right to organise 2017-03-15 [HKCTU]
Coal mine disaster kills 17 workers 2017-03-15 [Shanghai Daily]
Toy factories open summer camp for migrant workers' children 2017-03-11 [Guardian]


Hong Kong

Pro-Beijing veteran unionist, whose party holds crucial votes, meets chief executive candidates 2017-03-23 [hongkongfp]
Janitors, security guards march for better wages 2017-03-20 [RTHK]
Cathay Pacific pledges to slash staff costs after first loss in eight years 2017-03-18 [HKFP]


India

Port workers gearing up for strike 2017-03-27 [The Hindu]
GM India signs 3-year wage pact with workers union at Talegaon plant 2017-03-25 [autocarpro]
Revised retirement age not applicable to clerical workforce, IT 2017-03-25 [newindianexpress]


Indonesia

Coca-Cola's Australia-based bottler stifling independent unions in Indonesia 2017-03-27 [IUF Global Union]
Tastem the rights abuses at Coca-Cola Indonesia! 2017-03-27 [IUF]
Farmers Protest against Government Plans to Build Cement Factory 2017-03-23 [laht]


Japan

JAL decides to stop discrimination against pregnant FAs on job assignments 2017-03-26 [Japan Press Weekly]
Zenroren workers go on strike over minuscule pay increase offer 2017-03-26 [Japan Press Weekly]
Mixed outcome in wage talks 2017-03-21 [Japan Times]


Kazakhstan

Kazakhstan risks backlash over labor crackdown ActNOW! 2017-03-14 [Asian Review]
Watchdog Group Calls On Kazakhstan To Release Jailed Journalist 2017-02-14 [RFE/RL]
Labor Crackdown And Possible Unintended Consequences ActNOW! 2017-02-07 [Eurasia Review]


Korea

Employers, labor apart over shorter working hours 2017-03-23 [koreatimes]
Employers, labor apart over shorter working hours 2017-03-23 [koreatimes]
More than 4 million Koreans now work part-time jobs at less than 36 hours a week 2017-03-21 [Chosun]


Kyrgyzstan

Kyrgyz labor migrants support national economy, lack equal rights in Russia 2017-03-25 [timesca]
First meeting of textile workers union 2016-09-28 [Just Style]
Organizing leads to massive increase of the union membership in Kyrgyzstan 2016-09-21 [IndustriALL]


Laos

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]
Feeling Pain of Rising Prices, Stagnant Wages 2016-08-25 [Radio Free Asia]


Malaysia

Employment Insurance System only for laid off workers 2017-03-25 [freemalaysiatoday]
Malaysia Employment Insurance Scheme a brave move by the government to help workers 2017-03-25 [malaysiandigest]
A step towards growing Malaysia's skilled workforce 2017-03-25 [The Star]


Maldives

Maldivian journalists arrested for protesting against media crackdown 2016-04-06 [IFJ]
Maldives govt proposes law to criminalize defamation 2016-04-06 [IFJ]
Protesting journalists arrested 2016-04-03 [Sun Online]


Mongolia

National monthly minimum wage to be raised by 25% 2017-01-09 [AKIpress]
Teacher unions push government to boost investment in education 2016-05-20 [Education International]
Winners and losers in Mongolia's mining gold rush 2016-04-29 [SCMP]


Nepal

Nepal police invites applications for 75,000 temporary police 2017-03-26 [myrepublica.com]
UN sets Nov deadline for Qatar to end abuse of migrants http://kathmandupost.ekantipur.com/news/2017-03-24/un-sets-nov-deadline-for-qatar-to-end-abuse-of-migrants 2017-03-24 [The Kathmandu Post]
Stakeholders bat for accelerated efforts to end gender imbalance 2017-03-23 [The Himalayan Times]


Pakistan

Protest against school’s ‘privatisation’ 2017-03-23 [Nation]
Wapda Hydro Electric Workers Union wins referendum 2017-03-23 [Nation]
WASA Hyderabad worker attempts suicide against non-payment of salary 2017-03-22 [dailytimes]


Philippines

TUCP affiliate declared real union in bus firm 2017-03-25 [The Inquirer]
Dole order contrary to Duterte’s promise vs ‘endo’ 2017-03-23 [inquirer]
Keeping 'endo' alive: DOLE’s Department Order No. 174 2017-03-23 [Rappler]


Singapore

Singapore re-employment age will be raised from 65 to 67 in four months 2017-03-25 [ST]
Migrant workers get free upgraded phones 2017-03-25 [ST]
Worker dies in Changi, stop-work order issued 2017-03-25 [ST]


Sri Lanka

Manpower Plunder: The Plight of SLT’s Contract Workers 2017-03-16 [Ground View]
Dynasty And Double Standards: Women Leaders In South Asia 2017-02-23 [roar.lk]
Solidarity works! Sri Lankan workers vote for union 2017-02-10 [IndustriALL Global Union ]


Taiwan

The workweek law needs reassessing — urgently 2017-03-17 [China Post]
Rail union furious after punishment meted out to striking workers 2017-03-09 [The Post]
Foreign workers stage 'One Billion Rising' protest in Taipei 2017-02-13 [Focus Taiwan]


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 court dismisses labour abuse suit against chicken farm 2017-03-18 [Trust]
Thailand eyed in pet food labour reform 2017-03-17 [Bangkok Post]
Embassy of Sweden and Ikea promote paternity leave in Thailand 2017-03-16 [Scandasia]


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

Social Media Campaign Launched for Imprisoned Journalists in Turkey 2017-03-16 [Bianet]
Detained: After 120 days on hunger strike to demand their jobs back 2017-03-16 [Bianet]
Youth Unemployment Climbs to 24% 2017-03-16 [Bianet]


Turkmenistan

International Workers, Employers, Governments Call on Turkmenistan to End Forced Labour 2016-06-15 [Union Rights' Defence Centre]
IS EU SUPPORT PROPPING UP ONE OF THE WORLD’S MOST ANTI-DEMOCRATIC REGIMES? 2015-08-10 [Equal Times]


Uzbekistan

Cotton Sector Antislavery Activist Held In Mental Institution 2017-03-22 [RFE/Radio Liberty]
Human trafficking activist Urlaeva held in psychiatric ward 2017-03-22 [RFE/RL]
Leading rights defender confined to 'psychiatric treatment' for seeking to expose forced labour in cotton fields 2017-03-22 [IUF]


Vietnam

Trafficked & enslaved: Vietnamese teenagers tend UK cannabis farms 2017-03-26 [Guardian]
Partnership to benefit 45,000 female factory workers 2017-03-26 [Viet Nam News]
Seeing sexual harassment in the workplace for what it is 2017-03-13 [Viet Nam News]
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