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Labour news from Asia


Asia

Is the TPP a Threat to Human Rights? 2016-02-13 [AFL-CIO]
Most dangerous place for journalists to work in is the Asia Pacific: IFJ 2016-02-12 [DW]
TPP agreement bad for democracy, rights, public services and health 2016-02-04 [ITUC]


Afghanistan

Afghan journalists continue to fight for media freedom despite terror attack 2016-02-03 [Equal Times]
Senior journalist shot dead in Afghanistan 2016-02-02 [IFJ]
Can solar power make light work of Afghanistan’s electricity crisis? 2015-11-05 [Equal Times]


Armenia

IFJ and EFJ ask for a full investigation into attacks on media workers by Police at a demonstration in Armenia 2015-06-27 [IFJ]
Workers at Narit Plant not paid salaries 2015-06-25 [Armen Press]
Nairit Saga: PM promises chemical plant workers’ back wages will be paid by yearend 2015-05-22 [Armenia Now]


Azerbaijan

Rights Activist Leyla Yunus Freed From Jail In Azerbaijan 2015-12-10 [RFE/Radio Liberty]
Two Azerbaijani oil workers released from hospital 2015-12-09 [Trend]
None of the missing Azeri oil workers found so far 2015-12-09 [Azer News]


Australia

New South Wales Hundreds to hold memorial for three workers killed in Australia's first domestic terrorist attack 2016-02-13 [USU]
New South Wales KPMG and the 'facts' about local government mergers 2016-02-13 [USU]
New South Wales 'Start-up nation' can mean a raw deal for workers: Unions NSW boss Mark Morey 2016-02-13 [Fairfax Media]


Bangladesh

Sylhet ambulence workers go on dawn to dusk strike 2016-02-14 [The Daily Star]
25 Bangladeshi journos killed in 25 years 2016-02-11 [Prothom Alo]
Rehana: Empowered to Get Justice at Bangladesh Factory 2016-02-07 [Solidarity Center]


Bhutan


Brunei


Burma

Journalists Slam New Restrictions on Covering Parliament 2016-02-11 [Radio Free Asia]
Women Demand Support for Burma’s Working Mothers 2016-02-07 [The Irrawaddy]
Bangkok Court Takes Passport of British Activist - Who Exposed Treatment of Mainly Burmese Workers in Thailand 2016-01-14 [The Irrawaddy]


Cambodia

ITF condemns arrests and beatings of transport workers 2016-02-13 [ITF Global Union]
Fired Workers Protest After Salaries Denied 2016-02-12 [Khmer Times]
Carlsberg defends its partner in labour row 2016-02-12 [The Post]


China

New Year Not So Happy For China’s Growing Number Of Unpaid Workers 2016-02-12 [IB Times]
War on coal to drive Chinese labour unrest - report 2016-02-09 [Mining]
Unpaid and angry, some Chinese workers ditch holidays to protest 2016-02-07 [Reuters]


Hong Kong

When Hong Kong’s Domestic Helpers Need Help 2016-02-12 [Asia Societu]
Union protests in New Year rallies one of several street protests 2016-02-12 [HK Standard]
Work-life balance a luxury in Hong Kong 2016-02-11 [ejinsight]


India

Majority railway staff back indefinite strike call from April 11​, says NFIR​ 2016-02-14 [The Hindu]
Push to 'Make in India' threatens vulnerable workers, activists say 2016-02-13 [Reuters]
Tamil Nadu Government employees’ strike intensifies 2016-02-12 [The Hindu]


Indonesia

Workers flood Jakarta to protest layoffs 2016-02-06 [The Post]
ITUC and IndustriALL support unions over minimum wage 2016-02-05 [ITUC]
The key transformation of Indonesia’s economy and industry 2016-02-04 [JP]


Japan

Study suggests Japanese workers are deeply distrustful of their employers 2016-02-12 [RocketNews24]
Ministry to investigate why 2 million workers are on wrong pension program 2016-02-12 [Japan Times]
Fukui chemical workers allege workplace caused cancer, seek urgent improvements 2016-02-12 [Japan Times]


Kazakhstan

Zhanaozen: who ordered the killings and tortures? 2015-12-13 [People and Nature]
New Labor Law Stacks the Cards Against Workers - Favours The Boss 2015-11-26 [EurasiaNet]
Union and worker rights repressions just one reason why Kazakh leader should not be welcome in UK 2015-11-04 [Guardian]


Korea

WILL PARK GEUN-HYE CONTINUE THE ATTACK ON WORKERS IN 2016? 2016-01-18 [Equal Times]
Hyundai Motor reaches tentative wage deal with labour union 2015-12-24 [Reuters]
Korean unions facing crackdown need urgent global support 2015-12-16 [ITF]


Kyrgyzstan

Victory for striking gold miners 2016-01-27 [IndustriALL]
Briton deported after triggering gold mine workers strike after comparing local delicacy to horse penis 2016-01-05 [RFE/Radio Liberty]
Mine workers strike over Brit's remark about Kyrgyz national sausage 2016-01-04 [RFE/Radio Liberty]


Laos

Teachers Go Unpaid in Southern Lao Province 2015-05-13 [Radio Free Asia]
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]


Malaysia

MTUC does not mind foreign workers holding posts in labour unions 2016-01-31 [The Star]
Ali Rustam: Foreigners should not hold labour union posts after TPPA 2016-01-28 [The Star]
Late MTUC president Khalid Atan fought for rights of migrant workers 2016-01-28 [The Star]


Maldives

Resort workers press government to legislate rights, standards in tourism 2015-06-03 [IUF]
Resort workers rally for ‘living wage’ 2015-05-31 [Minivan News]
Resort Workers Sign Petition For US $600 Minimum Wage 2015-05-09 [Focus]


Mongolia

Why did Mongolian union leader set himself alight? 2015-12-09 [Open Democracy]
Union leader sets himself alight at press con. in protest of China coal mine deal 2015-11-20 [HKFP]
Mongolian Union Leader Sets Himself On Fire To Protest Chinese Acquisition Of Local Mining Industry 2015-11-18 [HNGN]


Nepal

Class war on Everest: the SHerpa rebellion for better working conditions 2016-02-02 [Politics UK]
NRB, ministry at odds over labour bank plans 2016-01-19 [The Kathmandu Post]
President Bhandari Addressed the Meeting of Joint Trade Union Coordination Committee 2015-12-21 [The Rising Nepal]


Pakistan

Back on track: PIA union workers call off strike after eight days of protests 2016-02-11 [The Tribune]
IndustriALL calls on Pakistan to stop brutal repression 2016-02-11 [IndustriALL]
PIA strike ends 2016-02-10 [The Nation]


Philippines

ITF brings complaint against Philippines over murder of trade unionists 2016-02-09 [ITF Global Union]
Union actions at Sanofi Aventis lead to collective bargaining agreement 2016-01-28 [IndustriALL]
‘2015 more tough for workers, unionists’ – labor NGO 2016-01-28 [Bulatlat]


Singapore

Good governance requires collective action, leadership: Chan Chun Sing 2016-01-18 [CNA]
Variable bonuses to dip this year: NTUC 2015-12-29 [The Straits Times]
Domestic worker starved 2015-12-16 [Human Rights Watch]


Sri Lanka

Estate workers see red over bogus rice 2016-02-07 [The Sunday Times]
Over 100 domestic workers return – allegedly suffered abuse in Kuwait, Saudi, UAE 2016-02-03 [Newsfirst]
Unions give one-week deadline to Govt. 2016-01-10 [The Sunday Times]


Taiwan

Railway workers call off Lunar New Year strike 2016-01-23 [The Times]
Presidential candidates vow to better protect workers' rights 2016-01-07 [China Post]
Ko’s ‘obsolete’ remark irks postal workers 2016-01-01 [The Times]


Tajikistan

Teacher training focuses on vigorous trade unionism and fight against child labour 2015-09-16 [Education International]
Trade union workshops get to the root of local challenges 2015-06-15 [Education International]
Female teachers threatened with death if they do not stop teaching: 3 detained 2015-04-22 [RFE/Radio Liberty]


Thailand

Forced labour in Thai fishing: global unions lodge ILO complaint 2016-02-12 [ITF Global Union]
Many arrests in Thai seafood industry crackdown, say police 2016-02-02 [BBC]
Reinstate Thai auto workers says IndustriALL 2016-01-29 [IndustriALL]


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

Commemoration of Ankara Bomb Atrocity 2016-02-12 [ITUC]
TARIM ORMAN-IS union increases organizing skills and defend the rights of refugees 2016-02-09 [BWI]
Minimum wage earners spend 1/5 of salary on gas bills 2016-02-09 [Today's Zaman]


Turkmenistan

IS EU SUPPORT PROPPING UP ONE OF THE WORLD’S MOST ANTI-DEMOCRATIC REGIMES? 2015-08-10 [Equal Times]


Uzbekistan

World Bank must speak out when rights activists are beaten and detained for documenting forced labour in cotton 2015-11-22 [IUF]
World Bank must act: Activists beaten, detained documenting forced labour 2015-11-18 [IUF]
Uzbekistan: rights defenders persecuted for documenting forced labour in cotton 2015-11-17 [IUF]


Vietnam

900 workers protest as Korean firm partially withholds Tet bonus 2016-02-03 [Thanh Nien News]
Fisheries trade union opposes attack on Vietnamese ship 2016-02-02 [Vietnam Net]
New Vietnamese leadership may slow TPP reforms - including shift to independent trade unions 2016-02-02 [Bloomberg]
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