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Labour news from Asia


Asia

World Bank Must Draft Stronger Worker Safeguards 2014-11-01 [Solidarity Center]
Traffickers Use Abductions, Prison Ships to Feed Asian Slave Trade 2014-10-24 [JG]
Asia: Behind Closed Doors, Abuse of Domestic Workers 2014-10-09 [New York Times - Lens]


Afghanistan

Demonstrations held against newspaper in Afghanistan 2014-10-28 [IFJ]
Female journalist brutally stabbed and murdered in Afghanistan 2014-09-18 [IFJ]
Radio journalist assassinated at home 2014-07-18 [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

New South Wales State Labor leader backs AWU Reserve Our Gas campaign 2014-10-31 [Sydney Daily Telegraph]
Hundreds of nurses and midwives keen to combat Ebola 2014-10-31 [ANMF]
Poll backs Ebola action by Australian health workers 2014-10-31 [Fairfax Media]


Bangladesh

Germany ready to share experience with RMG stakeholders 2014-10-27 [BD News 24]
Strike after C&F agents assoc leader shot dead in Shibganj 2014-10-26 [The Daily Star]
Transport strike demanding ban on illegal 3-wheelers 2014-10-24 [The Daily Star]


Bhutan

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


Brunei


Burma

Building strong unions in Myanmar 2014-10-29 [IndustriALL Global Union]
Myanmar: BWFM first Congress passes a resolution to affiliate to the BWI 2014-09-20 [BWI]
Strike for 50 cents at factory exporting footwear to Europe, Canada and US 2014-09-17 [Eleven]


Cambodia

Union wage vote split 2014-10-31 [The Post]
Factory’s workers ordered back to work 2014-10-30 [The Post]
Coalition of Apparel Workers Democratic Union (C.CAWDU) condemns the temporary unjust detainment of our union staff 2014-10-29 [Asian Labour Update]


China

Completely revised and updated guide to how labour disputes are resolved in China - just published 2014-10-31 [China Labour Bulletin]
Guangzhou workers’ centre urges city government to encourage growth of civil society 2014-10-28 [China Labour Bulletin]
Shopping mall discriminates against cleaners who are not 'young and good-looking' 2014-10-27 [China Labour Bulletin]


Hong Kong

Senior civil servants in line for pay rise 2014-10-31 [RTHK]
Wages expected to rise 4.5 percent next year 2014-10-31 [RTHK]
Pro-Beijing Hong Kong trade unionist backs LegCo inquiry into external involvement at opponent group, the independent HKCTU 2014-10-31 [RTHK]


India

Bosch chief wants labour reforms 2014-10-31 [The Times]
Four major coal unions call strike on Nov. 24 2014-10-31 [The Hindu]
Protest against the illegal arrest of Civic Police Volunteers 2014-10-31 [Unionbook]


Indonesia

Poor will get vouchers to offset fuel price hike: finance minister 2014-10-31 [Jakarta Post]
Down to the wire: Ahok's Halloween deadline on Jakarta minimum wage 2014-10-31 [Jakarta Globe]
Malaysia says no to Indonesian maids thanks to sky-high agent fees 2014-10-31 [New Straits Times]


Japan

‘Maternity harassment’ verdict benefits women, men — and our humanity 2014-10-29 [The Times]
Ending maternity harassment 2014-10-27 [The Times]
In Abenomics' Shadow, Japanese Women Fight 'Maternity Harassment' 2014-09-25 [JG]


Kazakhstan

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]
New Kazakhstan Law on Trade Unions and Amendments to the Labour Code 2014-07-25 [National Law Review]


Korea

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]
Kia Motors’ GwangjuPlant Workers to Stage Partial Strike on August 28 2014-08-28 [IT Times]


Kyrgyzstan

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]
In Kyrgyzstan, we need to expand women’s access to economic resources 2014-03-06 [UN Women]


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

Dismissal of picketing bank workers lawful, says Federal Court 2014-10-27 [The Star]
Migrant workers organise 2014-10-27 [The Post]
Cotton urges Malaysian PM to act over rail unionist dismissals 2014-10-18 [ITF Global Union]


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

TAAN hopeful about trekkers' flow 2014-10-30 [The Himalayan Times]
Catering Workers Meeting Concludes 2014-10-26 [GEFONT]
No jobs, no hope, Nepal's workers head to the Gulf 2014-10-22 [Reuters]


Pakistan

OGDCL workers observe token strike against police action 2014-10-31 [The Nation]
Speakers want labour rights for 5 million women workers in Sindh 2014-10-30 [Today]
Pakistan: Domestic workers know your rights 2014-10-29 [The Express Tribune]


Philippines

All Workers Unity launches P16,000 national minimum wage fight 2014-10-31 [KMU]
Philippines: Myrna Padilla, a former domestic worker, develops an app to help protect overseas workers 2014-10-25 [Rappler]
16-hour forced labor in Cebu chemical firm compels workers to strike 2014-10-22 [Bulatlat]


Singapore

More foreign domestic workers in S'pore say they do not get enough to eat 2014-10-29 [Asia News Network]
Grant helps unions boost health of members 2014-09-28 [Asia One]
New grant to help unions start health promotion programmes for workers 2014-09-25 [The Straits Times]


Sri Lanka

NUW pledges support for President Rajapaksa at upcoming elections 2014-10-26 [News First]
'Improve Public Transport' 2014-10-26 [The Leader]
Trade Unions leaders say that workers of the country have no faith on the UNP's pledges for pay hike 2014-10-24 [SLBC]


Taiwan

Former Hualon workers protest outside ministry 2014-10-15 [Taipei Times]
CPC workers protest privatization plans 2014-09-06 [The Post]
Next TV union demands investigation into deal 2014-09-02 [The 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]
Thai court dismisses defamation case against UK activist Andy Hall ActNOW! 2014-10-29 [BBC]
Court throws out defamation case against British rights activist 2014-10-29 [Reuters]


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

Ermenek mine: 18 workers are trapped 2014-10-31 [DISK]
Gender-segregated education in Istanbul school sparks debate 2014-10-30 [Hurriyet]
'No more mine deaths. Turkish Government must ratify ILO C176, now, without delay', says IndustriALL Global Union 2014-10-29 [IndustriALL Global Union]


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 verify report of 'modern slavery' among workers in Malaysia 2014-09-26 [Thanh Nien]
Safety investment inspires AMWU Expert In Vietnam Visit 2014-09-19 [AMWU]
Trade Unions in Transition: Changing Industrial Relations in Vietnam 2014-09-10 [The Socialist Project]
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