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Labour news from Asia


Asia

BWI Affiliates in Asia Support the Italian Unions’ Call for a General Strike 2019-03-15 [BWI]
Networked but commodified: digital labour in the remote gig economy 2019-03-09 [The New Internationalist]
Asia-Pacific deadliest region for journalists 2019-02-20 [E tu union]


Afghanistan

Journalist killed on his way to work 2019-03-18 [IFJ]
Journalist survives assassination attempt 2019-03-13 [IFJ]
Gold mine collapse leaves several dead 2019-01-07 [Deutsche Welle]


Armenia

Unions gather for a regional meeting in Armenia 2017-10-05 [IndustriALL]
Unionists underpin role of education in teaching human rights and values 2017-04-08 [Education International ]
Defending Armenia’s Workers – Is Class Struggle on the Agenda? 2016-09-11 [hetq]


Azerbaijan

Country violated the rights of investigative journalist Khadija Ismayilova 2019-01-12 [EFJ]
Representatives of KazTransOil fly to Batumi to negotiate with workers on strike 2018-04-04 [MENAFN]
RFE/RL Takes Azerbaijani Case To ECHR 2017-09-19 [RFE]


Australia

Victoria A fine line: FWC rejects proposed greenfields agreements for West Gate Tunnel project 2019-03-20 [CCW]
Queensland Change the Rules election campaign kicks off in Leichhardt 2019-03-20 [ACTU]
NAB Regional Branches to Remain Open 2019-03-20 [FSU]


Bangladesh

Govt to review wages for rice mill workers 2019-03-17 [The New Age]
GP employees union pledges to work for employees’ welfare 2019-03-17 [The New Age]
After a 7-year struggle in Bangladesh, Grameenphone Employees Union wins recognition 2019-03-11 [UNI Global Union]


Bhutan


Brunei


Burma

Myanmar unions fighting obstacles to organizing 2018-11-19 [IndustriALL]
Dozens injured in crackdown on Myanmar garment worker protest 2018-10-18 [Eyewitness News]
Protesting workers attacked by ‘hired thugs’ 2018-10-17 [The Star]


Cambodia

Hun Sen asks a union leader not to urge workers to protest 2019-03-18 [The Times]
Ministry highlights drop in strikes and demonstrations 2019-03-07 [The Times]
In Cambodia, Chinese workers earn more, but pay the price with diminished labour rights 2019-02-25 [Equal Times]


China

Will China’s new job creation program really benefit workers? 2019-03-20 [CLB]
Freedom of association is a right, not a crime ActNOW! 2019-03-20 [IUF]
Wu Guijun’s Wife Taken away by Police for Two Hours, Questioned about Open Letter Posted on Her Wechat Feed 2019-03-20 [HKCTU]


Hong Kong

Foreign domestic workers contribute to Hong Kong economy but lack access to basic financial services 2019-03-11 [Global Voices]
Surviving is Not Living: Defending the Dignity of Workers with Living Wage 2019-03-11 [HKCTU]
‘I feel lost’: Fired cancer patient exposes plight of Hong Kong’s domestic workers 2019-03-09 [The Free Press]


India

ITF rail unions join national protest 2019-03-19 [ITF]
Maharashtra Mumbai's BEST staff to protest against late salaries 2019-03-19 [The Times]
Maharashtra Mumbai: BMC worker killed, four injured after allegedly inhaling poisonous fumes inside manhole 2019-03-18 [Scroll]


Indonesia

Timor Leste, Indonesia strengthen relations in press freedom 2019-03-18 [IFJ]
As Indonesia prepares to head to the polls, the crackdown in West Papua continues 2019-03-12 [Equal Times]
Several journalists attacked at Jakarta rally 2019-02-26 [IFJ]


Japan

Government warns firms not to fire pregnant foreign trainees, as interns fear impact on work status 2019-03-14 [The Times]
At the University of Tokyo, there is power in a union 2019-03-11 [The Times]
Gov't under fire for watered-down sexual harassment countermeasures 2019-02-10 [Today]


Kazakhstan

President Resigns - Now Is a Chance to Guarantee the Citizens Their Rights 2019-03-20 [Svenssonstiftelsen]
Activists in Kazakhstan face continued repression 2019-03-15 [IndustriALL]
Рolice detain, fine journalist covering Zhanaozen rallies 2019-03-13 [Eurasianet]


Korea

KCTU's attempt for cross-society strike 2019-03-11 [Dong-A Ilbo]
KB union withdraws plans for 2nd strike 2019-01-21 [koreatimes]
Fund to help workers faces complaints from own underpaid workers 2019-01-20 [koreajoongangdaily]


Kyrgyzstan

Workers in Kyrgyzstan left without legal protection 2019-03-07 [IndustriALL]
Child Labor Problem Urgent: Kyrgyzstan Workers 2018-10-04 [Solidarity Center]
370 Kyrgyz miners reinstated after mass layoffs 2018-01-17 [IndustriALL]


Laos

Liquid Labourscape: Ad Hoc Experimentation in a Chinese Special Economic Zone in Laos 2017-11-24 [Chinoiresie]
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]


Malaysia

Journalists must be consulted on press council development 2019-03-11 [IFJ]
EU ambassador: Malaysia making good progress in women’s rights 2019-03-07 [The Mail]
Stopping migrant worker abuse 2019-01-23 [Ethical Trading Initiative]


Maldives

Ruling party leader calls for shut down of Raajje TV 2018-02-06 [IFJ]
Police rough up, arrest journalists covering opposition rally 2017-07-28 [IFJ]
Maldives police summons liberal bloggers over unspecified charges 2017-06-05 [IFJ]


Mongolia

Mongolia: IndustriALL and Rio Tinto conduct joint mission at Oyu Tolgoi mine 2018-09-26 [IndustriALL]
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]


Nepal

HiPDeC rescues 20 child labourers from Dang 2019-03-17 [thehimalayantimes.com]
Foreign workers for various projects await labour permits 2019-03-10 [http://kathmandupost.ekantipur.com]
Teachers on war path, classes halted 2019-03-07 [thehimalayantimes.com]


Pakistan

Journalists hold token hunger strike 2019-03-18 [Dawn]
Union launches continuous protest for union rights and recognition at Sakrand Sugar Mills 2019-03-15 [IUF]
Activists demand equal wages for women, implementation of home-based workers act 2019-03-08 [Dawn]


Philippines

Philippines’ radio station harassed by local officials 2019-03-20 [IFJ]
Nurses Association supports UST union 2019-03-19 [The Bulletin]
Labor groups: TV sketches about 'paid' striking workers not funny 2019-03-18 [The Star]


Singapore

NTUC to groom more women leaders 2019-03-13 [The Straits Times]
NTUC calls for higher wage supplements for younger low-wage workers 2019-02-13 [ST]
Singapore Urged to Fix Rules on Hiring Domestic Workers to Stop Forced Labor 2019-01-22 [jakartaglobe]


Sri Lanka

Union busting tactics, media workers fired for forming house union 2019-03-20 [IFJ]
Teacher unions demand less admin work, salary equity 2019-03-17 [The Sunday Times]
RPCs reject fresh revisions to new Collective Agreement 2019-02-09 [The Financial Times]


Taiwan

Eleven unions back striking CAL pilots 2019-02-10 [The Times]
Pilot union gives 6-hour notice before strike 2019-02-09 [Eleven]
Pilots Strike Over Lunar New Year, Criticizing Overwork 2019-02-08 [The New Bloom]


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

Thailand Migrant Rights Leader Wins Human Rights Award 2019-03-13 [Solidarity Center]
Migrant workers in Thailand live harsh, but improving, reality 2019-02-17 [Nikkei Asian Review]
Country ratifies Work in Fishing Convention - first country in Asia to do so 2019-01-31 [ILO]


Tibet

Over 100 Tibetan Teachers Stage Protest March After Demands Ignored 2014-05-09 [Radio Free Asia]


Turkey

Cargill unions around the world call for an end to rights abuses at Cargill Turkey 2019-03-19 [IUF]
Turkey needs to respect foreign media outlets’ independence 2019-03-13 [EFJ]
IndustriALL women in Turkey stand for equality and rights 2019-03-13 [IndustriALL]


Turkmenistan

Free Gaspar Matalaev, end forced and child labour! 2018-10-15 [IUF]
Children Forced to Labor in Turkmenistan Cotton Fields 2018-02-02 [Solidarity Center]
Free Gaspar Matalaev 2017-12-10 [ATN]


Uzbekistan

The democratic future of Uzbekistan doesn’t depend on the politicians, but whether workers can mobilise 2018-10-13 [openDemocracy]
Fewer Workers Forced to Prepare Uzbek Cotton Fields 2018-09-10 [Solidarity Center]
Uzbek Union Leader Released from Prison 2018-05-15 [Solidarity Center]


Vietnam

Textiles workers struggle to get by on just $50 a week 2019-03-08 [The News]
Taiwanese firm in Vietnam sacks 10,000 workers before Lunar New Year 2019-01-31 [The Express]
City trade unions ensure happy Tết for labourerS 2018-12-26 [The News]
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