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Labour news from Asia


Asia

Communication and sharing at heart of progress in Asia-Pacific women’s networks 2015-04-24 [Education International]
Why East Asia needs its trade unions 2015-04-22 [ABS CBN]
Empowering women, youth and migrant workers are key challenges for unions in Asia and the Pacific 2015-04-17 [BWI]


Afghanistan

What’s the future for women’s rights in Afghanistan? 2015-04-15 [Equal Times]
What’s the future for women’s rights in Afghanistan? 2015-04-14 [Equal Times]
AFGHAN REFUGEES FORCED OUT OF PAKISTAN 2015-03-04 [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

Employer call for ‘flexibility’ is a pay cut for workers 2015-04-28 [ACTU]
Queensland Unions welcome State Labor's IR reforms to repair LNP damage 2015-04-28 [Stand for Queensland]
ANMF welcomes subsidised childcare for nurses 2015-04-28 [ANMF]


Bangladesh

Rana Plaza: Compensation for Victims of Industrial Homicide Still Short of Target 2015-04-25 [ITUC]
Brit TUC calls for urgent action on the second Rana Plaza anniversary 2015-04-25 [TUC]
Garment workers suffer poor conditions two years after Rana Plaza collapse 2015-04-25 [Vatican Radio]


Bhutan

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


Brunei


Burma

Garment workers strike deal 2015-04-23 [Just Style]
Union helps solve strike in garment factory 2015-04-22 [IndustriALL Global Union]
Passion for better lives in Myanmar 2015-04-14 [IndustriALL Global Union]


Cambodia

Union asks Japanese to examine ‘assaults’ 2015-04-24 [Visa News]
Union Asks Embassy to Investigate Japan-owned Factory 2015-04-24 [The Daily]
Pass the union law: Hun Sen 2015-04-22 [Phnom Penh Post]


China

In China, the robots have arrived, and they're engineering workers out of jobs 2015-04-26 [NY Times]
HKCTU May Day petition calls for end to violence against Mainland labour activists 2015-04-24 [HKCTU]
Death toll rises to 19 in Shanxi coal mine flood; two workers still unaccounted for 2015-04-23 [China Labour Bulletin]


Hong Kong

Rally highlights plight of injured workers on IWMD 2015-04-28 [RTHK]
Domestic helpers march over Regina Ip sexist, racist comments 2015-04-26 [RTHK]
Unions in Hong Kong fighting for real universal suffrage 2015-04-25 [HKCTU]


India

Maharashtra Rickshaw unions, PMPML staffers to protest against road safety bill 2015-04-28 [The Times]
Left Front, trade unions call for strike on April 30 2015-04-27 [The Hindu]
Maharashtra Auto unions irked over 'suspend first, talk later' rule 2015-04-27 [DNA]


Indonesia

Chinese firm to build smelter for Freeport Papua mine 2015-04-24 [Jakarta Post]
East Java Governor 'helpless' to stop execution of 18 migrant workers 2015-04-24 [Tempo]
Saudis execute citizen for 'vicious' murder of Indonesian migrant worker 2015-04-23 [Jakarta Globe]


Japan

‘Zero Overtime Bill’ is the thin end of the wedge for workers’ rights 2015-04-26 [The Times]
Toyota delivers a blow to Abe’s ‘reshoring’ plan 2015-04-20 [Japan Times]
The workers of Japan aren't sharing in Toyota's good fortune 2015-04-17 [Bloomberg]


Kazakhstan

1st Congress of the Building Complex and Housing-Communal Services Workers 2015-04-24 [BWI]
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]


Korea

Hyundai Motor affiliates threaten strike 2015-04-20 [The Times]
Labor opposition hinders Samsung-Hanwha deal 2015-04-03 [The Times]
Court rules in favour of Hyundai Motor in wage dispute 2015-01-16 [Yahoo]


Kyrgyzstan

Chinese oil company recognizes union 2015-04-28 [IndustriALL Global Union]
Oil company from China refuses to recognize union 2015-04-03 [IndustriALL Global Union]
Kyrgyzstan: where informality is a lifestyle 2014-11-04 [Equal Times]


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

After service charge fuss, union fights for fair wages 2015-04-24 [The Mail]
Service industry union to sue employers if they stop 10% tax 2015-04-11 [Insider]
Payout means a lot to the employees, says union 2015-04-10 [The Star]


Maldives

Government threatens migrant workers with expulsion over planned protest 2015-04-09 [The Guardian]
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]


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

BWI Declares Solidarity and Support for Nepal 2015-04-28 [BWI]
Act Now to Support our BWI Members and their Families! Earthquake wrecks havoc in Nepal with thousands dead, trapped and missing. 2015-04-28 [BWI]
My Nepal is not safe, says a Nepali domestic worker 2015-04-28 [IDWF]


Pakistan

Baldia factory fire: German lawmakers assure support to grieving families 2015-04-19 [Daily Times]
‘Historic pay package’ for doctors; YDA calls off protest 2015-04-19 [Labour Watch]
KDA workers hold demo at Civic Centre 2015-04-19 [Labour Watch]


Philippines

The low paid workers propping up Manila’s construction boom 2015-04-28 [Equal Times]
Citra Mina workers remember their dead and fight for the living 2015-04-28 [IUF]
Palace debunks TUCP's claim on workers' plight 2015-04-27 [The Sun-Star]


Singapore

SMRT to be given May Day award for turnaround in labour-management relations 2015-04-28 [The Straits Times]
MediaCorp lays off 33 workers, redeploys 50; Union to help affected members 2015-04-09 [The Straits Times]
Unionists, bank staff say goodbyes 2015-03-30 [The Straits Times]


Sri Lanka

Fighting for workers rights 2015-04-26 [Sunday Leader]
UPFA splits for May Day: Two rallies 2015-04-26 [Sunday Times]
Trade union leaders seek meeting with President 2015-04-23 [The Colombia PAge]


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

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]
RUSSIA’S CALLING FADES FOR TAJIK MIGRANTS 2014-12-29 [Equal Times]


Thailand

Ministry gets tough with bosses on workplace safety 2015-04-26 [Bangkok Post]
Illegal Cambodian migrant workers, trying to evade Thai police, killed in truck accident 2015-04-22 [Phnom Penh Post]
Journalists under increasing pressure 2015-04-18 [Equal Times]


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

Communist Party, Turkey runs 550 woman ticket in elections 2015-04-27 [Liberation]
Unions protest May Day restrictions in Istanbul 2015-04-26 [Cihan]
182,000 lose jobs within one month 2015-04-26 [Today's Zaman]


Turkmenistan


Uzbekistan

Tashkent Lambasted Over Cotton Harvesting 2015-04-15 [RFE/Radio Liberty]
Govt deports labour rights consultant 2015-03-26 [Solidarity Center]
Govt Expels International Labor Rights Consultant 2015-03-26 [RFE/Radio Liberty]


Vietnam

Ailing pension system bolstered after worker strike 2015-04-25 [Thanh Nien News]
Workers Use Local Strikes to Push Party for Reforms 2015-04-20 [WPR]
Up to 2,900 Vietnamese will be sent to South Korea as guest workers 2015-04-17 [Tuoi Tre News]
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