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Labour news from Asia


Asia

Education leaders highlight challenges around rights, climate, and privatisation 2020-02-15 [EI]
Asia Pacific Regional Women’s Committee Calls for Ratification of C190 2019-12-05 [BWI]
Release RCEP text immediately, say unions 2019-11-07 [IndustriALL]


Afghanistan

Journalist injured in deadly military convoy blast 2019-12-06 [IFJ]
Journalist killed in election attack 2019-09-28 [IFJ]
Radio journalist found murdered after disappearance 2019-07-16 [IFJ]


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

Supreme Court denies Khadija Ismayilova’s request for early end of her probation 2019-08-15 [EFJ]
Cinema workers awarded in Baku 2019-08-06 [MENAFN]
State Academic Musical Theater workers awarded 2019-07-06 [MENAFN]


Australia

Fears thousands of Australian university jobs will be lost due to ban on Chinese students as $38billion higher education industry reels from virus outbreak 2020-02-16 [The Daily Mail]
Health Services Union pushes aged-care levy to boost funds 2020-02-16 [The Australian]
Unions fear foreign workers will lose their jobs over coronavirus travel ban extension 2020-02-15 [SBS]


Bangladesh

After a four-year struggle, workers at VEON’s Bangladeshi subsidiary win recognition for their union 2020-02-12 [UNI Global Union]
Bangladesh Garment Workers: New Blocks to Form Unions 2020-02-12 [Solidarity Center]
The human faces behind ‘fast fashion’ 2020-01-29 [Green Left Weekly]


Bhutan

Bhutanese union established with Japanese support 2020-01-07 [IndustriALL]


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

ETUC and ITUC welcome lifting of EU trade benefits to Cambodia  2020-02-14 [ITUC]
Unions urge Minister to revoke articles 2020-02-10 [The Times]
750,000 jobs put at risk in apparel, footwear, travel goods 2020-01-30 [The Times]


China

Citizen journalist missing in Wuhan after covering coronavirus 2020-02-11 [IFJ]
Construction workers under pressure as more cities rush to build hospitals 2020-02-08 [CLB]
The workers striving behind the scenes to combat the coronavirus in Wuhan 2020-02-08 [CLB]


Hong Kong

Coronavirus: Unions urges medics to halt work if Hong Kong Hospital Authority cannot provide adequate protective gear 2020-02-15 [The Free Press]
Unions urges medics to halt work if Hospital Authority cannot provide adequate protective gear 2020-02-13 [HKFP]
'We have been silent for so many years': Interview with a Hong Kong nurse on strike 2020-02-12 [Organizing work]


India

Gujarat Burned India denim factory had single door reached by ladder 2020-02-15 [AP]
Democracy is at stake in India 2020-02-14 [IUF]
Maharashtra 5 day working week for government employees 2020-02-13 [TNN]


Indonesia

Key points of labor reform in omnibus bill on job creation: What we know so far 2020-02-14 [The Post]
4 years after instant closure, workers still fighting for their rights at Great Giant Pineapple 2020-02-06 [IUF]
Indonesian unions reject Omnibus bill 2020-02-01 [IndustriALL]


Japan

Auto Unions Submit Wage Hike Requests 2020-02-12 [Nippon]
2020 Tokyo Olympics can do better without asbestos 2020-01-31 [BWI]
Famed Japan photojournalist targeted young, low-status staff for worst sex abuse: report 2019-12-28 [Mainichi]


Kazakhstan

They shot to kill: the massacre of Kazakhstan’s striking oil workers, eight years on 2020-01-14 [Opendemocracy]
Global Pilots on Bek Air flight Z2100 2020-01-07 [IFALPA]
Kazakh leader remains in custody on politically motivated charges ActNOW! 2019-12-20 [IndustriALL]


Korea

ILO ‘Road Safety and Decent Work’ Guidelines and Korean truck drivers’ fight for Safe Rates ActNOW! 2019-11-29 [KPTU]
Meet the worker who’s been occupying a Samsung building for 123 days 2019-10-10 [Bright Green]
KHMU-Busan National University Hospital union leaders on hunger strike for 28 days 2019-07-26 [UNI Global Union]


Kyrgyzstan

Железнодорожные профсоюзы Киргизии и Казахстана организуются и готовятся к новым вызовам 2019-11-08 [ITF]
Bill Threatens Workers’ Rights 2019-10-31 [Human Rights Watch]
Rail unions in Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan organise for new challenges 2019-10-25 [ITF]


Laos

Migrant workers brave exploitation & unsafe working conditions in Thailand 2019-09-02 [Biz&Human Rights Resource Ctr]
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]


Malaysia

MTUC: India's call to ban M'sian palm oil harms workers most 2020-01-10 [Malaysiakini]
With suspension, MTUC cannot disburse RM1m compensation to workers 2019-12-27 [Malaysiakini]
MTUC warns labour law reforms will backfire on workers 2019-12-27 [Insight]


Maldives

Inquiry finds extremist group responsible for Rilwan’s murder 2019-09-06 [IFJ]
Hotel resort workers highlight need for legal minimum wage in national elections 2019-04-03 [IUF]
Ruling party leader calls for shut down of Raajje TV 2018-02-06 [IFJ]


Mongolia

Unions calls for reformed labour code 2020-01-24 [IndustriAll]
Mongolian unions calls for reformed labour code 2020-01-22 [IndustriALL]
Mongolian union calls for implementation of ILO C176 2019-11-14 [IndustriALL]


Nepal

Women are discriminated against in the workplace https://tkpo.st/3bxAnkh 2020-02-16 [The Kathmandu Post]
Leadership handover ceremony concludes 2020-02-15 [GEFONT]
Education consultancies and recruiting agencies are forcing students and labourers into taking coronavirus test 2020-02-12 [The Kathmandu Post]


Pakistan

Regularisation of electricity workers demanded 2020-01-10 [The News]
Moral harassment 2019-12-29 [Dawn]
Home-based workers to mark 10 years of struggle on 30th 2019-12-27 [The Nation]


Philippines

Senate employees’ union express support for ABS-CBN amid quo warranto case 2020-02-12 [The Bulletin]
Solicitor general files petition against ABS-CBN franchise renewal 2020-02-11 [IFJ]
Media calls for urgent renewal of broadcaster ABS-CBN 2020-01-27 [IFJ]


Singapore

Singapore must stop targeting HR defenders and media 2020-02-02 [Malaysiakini]
Raffles Hospital becomes unionised, 60% of staff to be represented by healthcare union 2019-11-11 [The Business Times]
SBS Transit lawsuit: How the Industrial Arbitration Court works 2019-11-03 [The Straits Times]


Sri Lanka

Tamil journalists receive death threats 2020-01-27 [IFJ]
Journalist clubbed in home attack 2019-12-17 [IFJ]
Journalists interrogated by police 2019-12-03 [IFJ]


Taiwan

Baby or a job? Stark choice for Taiwan's migrant workers 2019-12-19 [Reuters]
Attacks Against the Yilan Migrant Fishermen Union Force the Resignation of Union President 2019-11-03 [The New Bloom]
Most food drivers hired as staff: MOL 2019-10-31 [The Times]


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

Workers dismissed over union activities 2020-01-09 [IndustriALL]
Court sentences journalist to two years’ jail for Twitter post 2019-12-30 [IFJ]
Four international unions confederations call on Thai government to address labour violations 2019-12-16 [Prachatai]


Tibet


Turkey

Mass firings in Turkey: 'We have been given a social death sentence' 2020-02-15 [Deutsche Welle]
Turkey must end public ad ban on independent newspapers 2020-02-12 [EFJ]
Fighting for the right to join a trade union 2020-02-10 [MorningStaar]


Turkmenistan

Turkmen Labor Activist Released from Prison after 3 Years 2019-09-06 [Solidarity Center]
IFJ joins calls for the release of journalist Gaspar Matalaev 2019-06-18 [IFJ]
Free Gaspar Matalaev, end forced and child labour! 2018-10-15 [IUF]


Uzbekistan

Forced and child labour in Uzbek cotton fields continues to fall 2020-02-11 [ILO]
Uzbeks report cotton harvest forced labour 2019-09-30 [BBC]
Activists welcome progress towards eradication of forced labour, child labour 2019-04-11 [ILO]


Vietnam

Labour Update #45 2020-02-03 [TinyLetter]
Labour Update #44 2020-01-27 [TinyLetter]
Labour Update #43 2020-01-19 [TinyLetter]
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