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Labour news from Asia


Asia

Progress in Fight Against Human Trafficking in Asia Hard to Measure 2016-04-13 [Radio Free Asia]
Migrants at risk from new Asia free-trade zone 2016-04-01 [equal times]
Period policy in Asia: time off 'may be seen as a sign of weakness' 2016-03-08 [Guardian]


Afghanistan

One year after the lynching of Farkhunda, has anything changed for Afghan women? 2016-04-12 [Equal Times]
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]


Armenia

Press conference entitled: labor law, trade unions, the legislation problems 2016-05-05 [ANA]
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]


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 Sydney celebrates May Day 2016-05-06 [GLW]
New South Wales Apprentice electrician rushed to hospital following serious fall at Barangaroo construction site 2016-05-05 [ETU NSW]
Another 4,500 Australian Public Service jobs will go says CPSU: Budget 2016 2016-05-05 [Government News]


Bangladesh

Amid May Day festivities, 2 workers die in Motijheel 2016-05-02 [The Daily Star]
Nurses call off protests upon ministers assurance 2016-05-02 [The Daily Star]
EU Should Call out Bangladesh on Workers' Rights 2016-05-02 [HRW]


Bhutan


Brunei


Burma

NLD needs to prioritise labour reform 2016-04-26 [New Mandala]
New initiative to ensure safe and healthy workplaces 2016-04-23 [Mizzima]
Burma: Will International Financial Institutions Get It Right this Time? 2016-04-15 [Huffington Post]


Cambodia

In Flawed Union Law, Hope Remains for Greater Transparency 2016-05-02 [The Daily]
Cambodians Travel en Masse to Thailand in Search of Jobs 2016-04-28 [Radio Free Asia]
Garment Worker Truck Crash Leaves 70 Injured 2016-04-28 [Khmer Times]


China

Postcard Campaign to Support the Chinese Labour Activists. Please sign 2016-05-03 [HKCTU]
New economy, same old problems for China’s workers 2016-04-28 [China Labour Bulletin]
End Political Repression of Chinese Labour Rights Advocates 2016-04-28 [Change.org]


Hong Kong

Pregnant, jobless, homeless: Regulations set traps for Hong Kong’s migrant workers 2016-05-06 [HK Free Press]
May Day In Hong Kong: More Than 5,000 People Protest Demanding Standard Working Hours, Universal Pension Scheme 2016-05-06 [IB Times]
Domestic workers demand limit to working hours and improved wages 2016-05-06 [HK Free Press]


India

Delhi Great news for govt employees! Now get LTC reimbursement of rail fare for children 2016-05-06 [Zee News]
Tamil Nadu Five Killed in Fireworks Unit Blast in Tamil Nadu 2016-05-06 [New Indian Express]
Delhi Modi govt to push big labour reforms, including hire & fire norms 2016-05-06 [Financial Express]


Indonesia

Indonesia’s tragic war on drugs 2016-05-05 [Equal Times]
Government urged to protect rights of Indonesian migrant workers 2016-05-02 [Jakarta Post]
Police Prepare for May Day Rallies 2016-04-30 [Jakarta Globe]


Japan

Over 30,000 People Join May Day Rally in Tokyo 2016-05-02 [Soutnik]
Japan eyes more foreign workers in stealthy challenge to immigration taboo 2016-04-28 [Japan Times]
4 Opposition parties team up to submit bill to regulate working hours avoid death from overwork 2016-04-28 [Japan Press Weekly]


Kazakhstan

ArcelorMittal debts lead to unpaid wages 2016-03-22 [IndustriALL]
Can Kazakhstan’s Privatization Plan Succeed? 2016-02-18 [The Diplomat]
Zhanaozen: who ordered the killings and tortures? 2015-12-13 [People and Nature]


Korea

Workers setting up strategies to narrow gap between regular and irregular positions 2016-04-04 [Hankyoreh]
KCTU Members Speak in San Francisco 2016-03-30 [Labor Video]
WILL PARK GEUN-HYE CONTINUE THE ATTACK ON WORKERS IN 2016? 2016-01-18 [Equal Times]


Kyrgyzstan

Court recognizes illegal dismissal of union leader in Kyrgyzstan 2016-03-11 [IndustriALL]
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]


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

IUF affiliate in Malaysia signs first agreement at Danone Dumex 2016-04-27 [IUF]
NUBE was never 'arm-twisted' by banks 2016-04-13 [The Chronicle]
Bank staff want interest-free home loans 2016-04-10 [The Post]


Maldives

Maldivian journalists arrested for protesting against media crackdown 2016-04-06 [IFJ]
Maldives govt proposes law to criminalize defamation 2016-04-06 [IFJ]
Protesting journalists arrested 2016-04-03 [Sun Online]


Mongolia

Winners and losers in Mongolia's mining gold rush 2016-04-29 [SCMP]
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]


Nepal

Reconstruction is impossible without the involvement of trade union: GEFONT Prez Bishnu Rimal 2016-05-06 [GEFONT]
On the occassion of May Day 2016, Greetings by President Bishnu Rimal 2016-05-02 [GEFONT]
May Day marked amid improved labour relations 2016-05-02 [Kathmandu Post]


Pakistan

May Day observed with pledges, demands to give rights to labourers 2016-05-02 [The Daily Times]
Workers for steps to check inflation 2016-05-02 [Dawn]
Hafizabad docs, staff go on strike 2016-05-01 [The Nation]


Philippines

Ecozone workers occupy factory 2016-05-06 [PM]
TUCP: Inclusive growth remains elusive for workers 2016-05-02 [GMA]
DOLE: No labor wage hike on May 1 2016-04-27 [The Daily News]


Singapore

On May Day, Dr Chee proposes retrenchment insurance for Singaporean workers 2016-05-02 [The Online Citizen]
Labour Movement to do more to boost workers' productivity: Chan Chun Sing 2016-05-02 [Channel News Asia]
26 workplace deaths this year show safety efforts not good enough: Lim Swee Say 2016-04-28 [Straits Times]


Sri Lanka

Trade Union Action Adding To CEB Woes 2016-04-24 [Sunday Leader]
Five day week: SL private sector wants it, unions oppose it, workers unsure 2016-04-24 [The Sunday Times]
Port Authority trade unions call off strike after talks with PM 2016-04-12 [The Colombo Page]


Taiwan

Demonstrators call for solidarity and support of labor movements in China 2016-03-20 [The Times]
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]


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

Again - Raise minimum wage because of piling workers' debts - University of the Thai Chamber of Commerce (!) 2016-04-29 [Bangkok Post]
Ending slavery in Thailand needs local solution and unions, activists say 2016-04-28 [NY Times]
Health Min promotes Healthy Workplace project to prevent early death 2016-04-28 [NNT]


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

May Day Message from France 2016-05-06 [uidder.org]
EESC visits Cypriot trade unions 2016-05-05 [FG]
ITUC calls on Turkish Govt to stop intensified repression of unions 2016-05-03 [ITUC]


Turkmenistan

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


Uzbekistan

Defend human rights defenders monitoring abuses in the cotton harvest ActNOW! 2016-05-01 [IUF]
Rights Defender Forced To Flee Uzbekistan ActNOW! 2016-05-01 [RFE/Radio Liberty]
Forced labour and repression continue in Uzbekistan's cotton harvest 2016-03-29 [IUF]


Vietnam

TPP is the first trade agreement to subject Vietnam to enforceable labor commitments 2016-04-26 [The Diplomat]
2,000 shoe workers stage strike, rotten egg attack 2016-04-15 [Tuoi Tre News]
Inditex GFA - working towards a national trade union network in Vietnam 2016-04-14 [IndustriALL Global Union]
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