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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

Revered Photojournalist Gunned Down in Afghanistan Election Tragedy 2014-04-07 [IFJ]
Cold Blooded Killing of Pulitzer-Prize Winning Photojournalist in Afghanistan 2014-04-05 [IFJ]
AP photographer killed, reporter injured 2014-04-05 [Associated Press]


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

Victoria John Setka and his Construction Forestry Mining and Energy Union are under siege at a royal commission 2014-07-12 [Melbourne Herald-Sun]
Victoria Calls to get tough on CFMEU 2014-07-12 [The Australian]
Paul Howes’s successor Scott McDine ‘gets real’, ditches IR compact 2014-07-12 [The Australian]


Bangladesh

Death of a worker 2014-07-11 [ETI]
Failing Grade on Sustainability Compact 2014-07-09 [ITUC]
Indefinite transport strike begins in Rajshahi today 2014-07-09 [The Daily Star]


Bhutan

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


Brunei


Burma

Court sentences 5 journalists to 10 years hard labour for reports 2014-07-11 [Radio Free Asia]
Union leader elected to ILO’s governing body 2014-06-15 [Democratic Voice of Burma]
‘Made in Myanmar’ to hit US shelves 2014-06-09 [Myanmar Times]


Cambodia

Phnom Penh’s trash collectors end strike - before Friday’s ceremony to inter the ashes of the late King Father Norodom Sihanouk 2014-07-11 [The Cambodia Daily]
Phnom Penh garbage worker strike ends with a cash bonus win 2014-07-11 [Phnom Penh Post]
Garment worker crackdown - six months on : Video 2014-07-11 [Phnom Penh Post]


China

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]
17 dead in Xinjiang coal mine explosion 2014-07-11 [China Labour Bulletin]


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

West Bengal One of three bed-ridden tea garden workers dies 2014-07-11 [The Hindu]
Tamil Nadu Trade unions spur government to increase compensation to injured and dead workers in the Chennai building collapse 2014-07-09 [BWI]
INDIA: RAJASTHAN’S LABOUR REFORMS – A TASTE OF THINGS TO COME? 2014-07-09 [Equal Times]


Indonesia

Taiwan families with disabled children protest wage hike and weekly day off for carers 2014-07-11 [Taipei Times]
Saudis pay more for 'illegal' maids during Ramadan 2014-07-10 [http://english.alarabiya.net]
Protestors outside Hong Kong court as abused maid Erwiana's employer appears, adjourned to 21 August 2014-07-10 [SCMP]


Japan

Foreign women also face ‘maternity harassment’ 2014-07-07 [The Times]
Shibaura Institute of Technology teachers on strike! 2014-07-02 [Tozen]
Abe's 'drill bit' hits resistance on Japan labour reform 2014-06-24 [Reuters]


Kazakhstan

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]
Metalworkers of Kazakhstan prepare to fight for their 13th salary in court 2014-04-03 [IndustriALL Global Union]


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

police arrest Vietnamese sex workers in national raids 2014-07-03 [Thanh Nien News]
Country among 24 ‘worst countries for workers’: 2014 survey 2014-07-01 [Aliran]
Malaysia Airlines warning over union dispute 2014-06-30 [Travel Weekly]


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

Official FIFA football retails at twice the cost of workers wage 2014-07-07 [Equal Times]
Contract government employees protest, demand regularisation 2014-07-07 [Tribune]
Protest against oil firm 2014-07-07 [Labour Watch]


Philippines

IndustriALL flags labour violation in iPhone 6 production ActNOW! 2014-07-09 [IndustriALL Global Union]
Workers Who Make Your iPhone Possible Are Fighting Labor Abuse With Selfies and Hashtags ActNOW! 2014-07-06 [Global Voices]
NXP workers continue to fight against union busting ActNOW! 2014-07-04 [AAWL]


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

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]
Press employees’ agitation in front of mass media ministry 2014-07-06 [Unions Lanka]


Taiwan

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]
Taiwan Parliament Occupied By Students Protesting Trade Deal With China-Thousands Including Workers Surround Parliament 2014-03-31 [LVP]


Tajikistan


Thailand

Tackling labour rights issues in Thailand's farmed shrimp sector 2014-07-11 [ETI]
Opinion: it’s time to drop the charges against Andy Hall in Thailand 2014-07-07 [Fresh Fruit Portal]
SRT reinstates former labour union leader and 12 others after strike 2014-07-06 [The Post]


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

Dairy company workers’ strike halted by gendarmerie, union official detained 2014-07-08 [Hurriyet]
141 Workers Killed on the Job in June 2014-07-05 [Bianet]
İstanbul city workers protest no severance pay 2014-07-01 [Zaman]


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

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]
Release of woman labour rights activist positive but scores remain behind bars 2014-07-03 [Amnesty International]
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