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Labour news from Asia


Asia

Asia-Pacific vows action to accelerate gender equality 2014-11-21 [JP]
Port dispute means Asia faces Xmas tree shortage 2014-11-20 [Reuters]
To respect human rights, fashion needs business, unions and governments 2014-11-18 [Guardian]


Afghanistan

What will the new Afghan government bring the workers? 2014-11-18 [Equal Times]
What will the new Afghan government bring the workers? 2014-11-05 [Equal Times]
Demonstrations held against newspaper in Afghanistan 2014-10-28 [IFJ]


Armenia

Oxfam Launches Worker-Owned Factory 2014-10-21 [The Weekly]
Protection of workers’ labor, safety and health 2013-06-26 [ARKA]
Protecting Workers’ Rights 2012-12-05 [Asbarez]


Azerbaijan

Executive Committee of General Confederation of Trade Unions convenes in Baku 2014-10-23 [News.Az]
President receives Secretary General of Int'l Confederation of Trade Unions 2014-10-23 [News.Az]
Stop harassment and legal action against leading investigative journalist 2014-10-18 [IFJ]


Australia

Queensland ACTU appears before raucous Senate Inquiry into Qld Gvt 2014-11-22 [ABC]
Queensland Hastings, AMWU to go back to the bargaining table 2014-11-22 [QT]
New South Wales Wollongong protests Abbott govt's cuts to ABC: photos 2014-11-22 [Illawarra Mercury]


Bangladesh

Two Years after Fatal Tazreen Fire, Life Worse for Survivors 2014-11-21 [Solidarity Center]
Workers demand reopening of closed factory and right to a union 2014-11-19 [BD News 24]
UNI honoured for Bangladesh Accord 2014-11-19 [UNI Global Union]


Bhutan

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


Brunei


Burma

As Lawmakers Raise Own Pay, Minimum Wage Law Languishes 2014-11-19 [The Irrawaddy]
Garment sector can grow with strategic planning 2014-11-19 [Fibre2Fashion]
Building strong unions in Myanmar 2014-10-29 [IndustriALL Global Union]


Cambodia

Union scores victory at SL Garment 2014-11-21 [IndustriALL Global Union]
Garment workers demand living wage 2014-11-20 [Solidarity Center]
Unions, Bosses Ink Deal to End SL Garment Factory Dispute 2014-11-20 [The Daily]


China

Fire at food processing plant in Shandong kills at least 18 workers 2014-11-20 [China Labour Bulletin]
Labor Rights Violations Continue in the Toy Industry 2014-11-20 [China Labor Watch]
Paralysed worker stages bed protest after employer ignores pleas for compensation 2014-11-17 [China Labour Bulletin]


Hong Kong

HKJA Expresses Outrage over Manila's Ban on HK Journalists Visiting Country 2014-11-22 [HKJA]
Teachers Union leader praises Hong Kong student protests as debate renewed over ‘patriotic’ education 2014-11-22 [Washington Post]
Cathay Pacific Airways Flight Attendants Union protests China ban on stewardess over Occupy movement 2014-11-21 [HK Standard]


India

Labour unions protest in one voice closure of sick PSUs 2014-11-22 [The Hindu]
International unions develop fight back strategy against DHL India 2014-11-21 [ITF Global Union]
Karat urges unions to adapt to new work cultures 2014-11-20 [The Hindu]


Indonesia

500 returning workers per day exploited by Jakarta airport immigration and security staff 2014-11-22 [Jakarta Globe]
1 dead, 4 injured when Malaysian lorry hit Indonesian roadworkers 2014-11-22 [bernama.com.my]
7 Bekasi workers arrested in wages protest 2014-11-22 [Bekasi unions]


Japan

Shane teachers begin Tozen strike action 2014-11-12 [Tozen]
UNI enters global agreement with Japanese retail giant dominating Asia 2014-11-11 [UNI Global Union]
Seniority pay on its way out? 2014-11-05 [The Times]


Kazakhstan

Workers on strike against low wages 2014-11-12 [Tengri News]
Chevron and oil workers' rights in Kazakhstan 2014-10-26 [The Diplomat]
Free unionism is now either a criminal or administrative offence 2014-09-23 [IndustriALL Global Union]


Korea

Workers at South Korea's Hyundai Heavy Industries set to strike 2014-11-19 [AFP]
Number of labor disputes up 76% in 2014 2014-10-20 [Korea Herald]
'We're in solidarity with the 'Umbrella Revolution'!!' 2014-09-30 [CINA]


Kyrgyzstan

Kyrgyzstan: where informality is a lifestyle 2014-11-04 [Equal Times]
The water crisis dividing Kyrgyzstan 2014-07-30 [Equal Times]
Strikers in Kyrgyzstan could face 15 years in prison 2014-03-14 [IndustriALL Global Union]


Laos

Gvt s Freezes Salary Increase For 150,000-plus Civil Servants 2014-08-09 [Radio Free Asia]
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]


Malaysia

Sacked KTMB workers get jobs back 2014-11-20 [Insider]
S’ wak MTUC hopes for better treatment of timber workers 2014-11-20 [Free Malaysia Today]
Once again, foreign workers the victim 2014-11-20 [Insider]


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

IndustriALL mining conference in Ulan Bator focuses on workers' rights and sustainable development 2014-10-23 [IndustriALL Global Union]
Global unions converge in Mongolia in campaign for Rio Tinto workers’ rights 2014-10-21 [IndustriALL Global Union]
Landmark judgment against Rio Tinto in Mongolian court 2013-10-16 [IndustriALL Global Union]


Nepal

Demand to ban battery-run rickshaw 2014-11-19 [The Himalayan Times]
Cabinet nod sought for Labour Bank 2014-11-18 [The Humalayan Times]
GEFONT Submits Memorandum to Janak Education Material Centre 2014-11-16 [GEFONT]


Pakistan

Rights of cottage industry workers 2014-11-19 [The Tribune]
CDA Mazdoor Union to stage sit-in on November 18 2014-11-16 [Labour Watch]
Para-veterinary workers hold demo to seek promotions 2014-11-16 [Labour Watch]


Philippines

Workers hold nationaal walkout for national minimum wage 2014-11-22 [KMU]
Int’l group to look into media killings 2014-11-18 [The Inquirer]
Workers back teachers sit-down strike for higher wages 2014-11-17 [KMU]


Singapore

NTUC flexi-work job fair helps match 200 job-seekers with employers 2014-11-13 [The Straits Times]
Like Hong Kong, Singapore needs democracy to battle inequalities 2014-11-09 [CNN]
More foreign domestic workers in S'pore say they do not get enough to eat 2014-10-29 [Asia News Network]


Sri Lanka

The annual convention of Ayurvedic Medical Officers’ Union is held 2014-11-16 [Unions Lanka]
Port container driver's strike continues 2014-11-14 [Hiru News]
SLFP union disrupts BIA 2014-11-06 [The Island]


Taiwan

Workers march for police, firefighter rights 2014-11-09 [Focus]
Union urges action over childcare worker wages 2014-11-05 [The Times]
Former Hualon workers protest outside ministry 2014-10-15 [Taipei Times]


Tajikistan

EI workshops contribute to building a strong union 2014-08-22 [Education International]


Thailand

Beijing+20 side event: Protecting Domestic Workers with ILO Convention No. 189 – Enhancing Women’s Economic Empowerment and Decent Work 2014-11-18 [ILO Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific]
Journalists call to revoke oppressive media laws 2014-11-18 [IFJ]
Bosses urge delay in signing global labour-rights pacts 2014-11-05 [The Nation]


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

205,000 civil servants unable to pay credit card debts 2014-11-20 [Zaman]
Karaman mine manager says they ‘tasted’ the leaked water 2014-11-17 [Hurriyet Daily News]
PM to announce changes to labor safety laws 2014-11-17 [Hurriyet Daily News]


Turkmenistan


Uzbekistan

Country ranks among those with worst forms of child labour 2014-10-10 [Solidarity Center]
Cotton harvest enslaves teachers and students 2014-10-05 [Education International]
Union of independent journalists to be established 2014-02-16 [The Times]


Vietnam

Government to raise minimum wage by up to $18.9 per month in early 2015 2014-11-13 [Tuoi Tre]
Government to raise minimum wage for three groups in 2015 2014-11-13 [Tuoi Tre]
Minimum wage should be raised on schedule: labor official 2014-11-05 [Tuoit News]
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