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Labour news from Asia


Asia

East Asia maritime week begins 2014-06-24 [ITF Global Union]
Global fish supply chain depends on slavery 2014-06-14 [Guardian]
U. N. body to study coop unions' medical care and welfare businesses 2014-06-10 [Japan Times]


Afghanistan

Radio journalist assassinated at home 2014-07-18 [IFJ]
Court jails Pakistani journalist for four years 2014-07-16 [IFJ]
Revered Photojournalist Gunned Down in Afghanistan Election Tragedy 2014-04-07 [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

Why AIDS is an issue for all workers 2014-07-23 [Working Life]
Boom. Boom.Boom. They all fell down at #turc 2014-07-22 [Commission Watch]
Big returns on Corporate donations 2014-07-22 [Commission Watch ]


Bangladesh

Buses stop plying in Manikganj for 4hrs 2014-07-19 [The Daily Star]
RMG workers to get Eid bonus, salary by July 26 2014-07-15 [The Daily Star]
Death of a worker 2014-07-11 [ETI]


Bhutan

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


Brunei


Burma

Sacked factory workers protest outside South Korean embassy 2014-07-20 [Mizzima News]
Rangoon factory workers in compensation dispute with S Korean sportswear firm 2014-07-18 [Democratic Voice of Burma]
Irrawaddy journalists hold mass prayer for reporters facing legal action 2014-07-18 [Democratic Voice of Burma]


Cambodia

Ocean Settles as Other Worker Strikes Gain Steam 2014-07-22 [The Daily]
Sorya back at negotiating table 2014-07-21 [The Post]
Union leader’s case dropped 2014-07-19 [The Post]


China

Guangzhou factory workers get their democratic union but keep their feet on the ground 2014-07-16 [China Labour Bulletin]
IFJ urges China’s media regulator to withdraw new rules 2014-07-11 [IFJ]
Trade union, workers sue Walmart in central China 2014-07-11 [ECNS]


Hong Kong

Lawmaker Seeks Employer Liability in Harassment Bill 2014-06-25 [Bloomberg]
Airlines staff may stage 'No Putonghua' protest after sit-in 2014-06-24 [South China Morning Post]
HK flight attendants launch language strike 2014-06-24 [The China Post]


India

4,000 Kerala doctors on indefinite strike from Monday 2014-07-21 [PTI]
Strike by safai karamcharis enters 19th day at Udhampur 2014-07-21 [HT]
CPI(M) decries government move to amend labour laws 2014-07-21 [The Hindu]


Indonesia

Government seeks to evacuate 10,000 Indonesian migrant workers from Syria, Gaza and other conflict zones 2014-07-22 [Tempo]
Indonesian government steps up efforts to save 33 maids on Saudi death row 2014-07-22 [Arab News]
Union leader who backs Prabowo will mobilise workers to 'monitor' election result 2014-07-17 [Jakarta Post]


Japan

Stigmatized nuclear workers quit Japan utility 2014-07-15 [Associated Press]
Foreign women also face ‘maternity harassment’ 2014-07-07 [The Times]
Shibaura Institute of Technology teachers on strike! 2014-07-02 [Tozen]


Kazakhstan

Draconian Laws Threaten Free Trade Unions in Kazakstan 2014-07-13 [IWPR]
Zhanaozen Solidarity campaign brings results 2014-04-05 [IUF]
Over 100 workers go on strike demanding higher wages in Western Kazakhstan 2014-04-05 [Tengri News]


Korea

Health care workers protest against privatisation 2014-07-04 [AAWL]
khmu strike 2014-06-27 [KHMU]
Domestic Workers in Korea ask the government to ratify C189 2014-06-16 [IUF Korea]


Kyrgyzstan

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]
Women revive garment industry 2014-02-19 [Central Asia Online]


Laos

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]
Teachers Hit by Government Budget Woes 2014-01-03 [Radio Free Asia ]


Malaysia

Flight attendants around the world pay tribute to MH17 crew 2014-07-21 [Malay Mail]
MH17: National Union Of Flight Attendants Malaysia Organises Solat Hajat In Memory Of Cabin Crews 2014-07-21 [Malaysian Digest]
Union: MAS flight crew now fear flying after MH17 disaster 2014-07-21 [Malay Mail]


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

Court sentences journalist’s murderers life imprisonment 2014-07-11 [IFJ]
6 construction workers injured 2014-07-06 [e-Kantipur]
Nepal Independent Domestic Workers Union demands for workers' rights 2014-06-16 [Sonu Danuwar Chaudhary]


Pakistan

Workers protest colleague’s death 2014-07-21 [The Express-Tribune]
Footprints: Factories of death 2014-07-18 [Labour Watch]
Doctors demand regularisation 2014-07-18 [Labour Watch]


Philippines

Workers, businessmen unite in hope to find answers to power woes 2014-07-21 [The Sun-Star]
To strike or not to strike 2014-07-20 [The Sun-Star]
Global union calls for reinstatement of NXP unionists, completion of CBA ActNOW! 2014-07-18 [Bulatlat]


Singapore

Labour movement backs veteran union leader for NMP post 2014-05-05 [News Channel Asia]
Employers, workers must change as S’pore’s economy restructures: NTUC May Day message 2014-04-27 [Today]
Union raises over S$100,000 for needy workers 2014-03-20 [Today]


Sri Lanka

The trade union action of the paramedical services makes no impact. 2014-07-18 [Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation]
Responsibility of the defeating of the communalism must be taken by the trade unions 2014-07-06 [Unions Lanka]
NTUC delegates on China Tour 2014-07-06 [Unions Lanka]


Taiwan

Former dispatch workers protest at TBS meeting 2014-07-13 [Taipei Times]
Taiwan trade union leaders attend cross-Strait trade union forum in Beijing 2014-04-17 [Xinhua]
Seventeen worker unions come out against service trade pact 2014-04-08 [China Post]


Tajikistan


Thailand

Thai government urged to drop libel case against British slavery researcher 2014-07-21 [The Guardian]
Andy Hall’s prosecutor is Thai pineapple industry lead 2014-07-21 [Fresh Fruit Portal]
Thailand 'on trial' over food industry exposé victimisation 2014-07-17 [ITF]


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

Union members protest Iraq hostage crisis 2014-07-20 [Cihan]
Domestic house workers union pushing parliamentary changes 2014-07-20 [Bianet]
Şişecam Workers Undeterred By Strike Ban 2014-07-20 [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

Workers hide in forest to avoid hard labor at Vietnam farms 2014-07-23 [Tuoi Tre]
Read about heroic Do Thi Minh Hanh, Vietnamese female labour activist, released from prison; sentenced for leafleting in support of striking footwear workers 2014-07-11 [Radio Free Asia]
Vietnamese fishermen left out to dry 2014-07-03 [Al Jazeera]
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