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Labour news from Asia


Asia

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]
Young workers in Asia-Pacific planning ahead 2019-11-06 [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

Jetstar to cancel 90 weekend flights due to strikes 2019-12-11 [Airline Ratings]
Broken funding model ’cause of workforce problems’ 2019-12-11 [Community Care Review]
Western Australia Fight blows up over offshore worker long service leave 2019-12-11 [ENB]


Bangladesh

45pc tannery workers undocumented 2019-11-24 [The Daily Star]
Capital punishment demanded for people accused in Tazreen factory fire 2019-11-24 [The Daily Star]
Farmers, agricultural workers continue their fight to block commercial release of genetically-engineered rice 2019-10-25 [IUF]


Bhutan


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

Cambodia: unions urge EU not to withdraw EBA benefit 2019-11-25 [IndustriALL]
Naga World Hotel Casino workers demand measures to protect them from violence and abuse 2019-11-08 [IUF]
Could EU tariff threat on Cambodia lead to exploitation of women? 2019-11-05 [al Jazeera]


China

Reports on Australian writer being tortured 2019-12-04 [IFJ]
High level ITF delegation signs enhanced MoU in China 2019-12-02 [ITF]
Government slams lack of safety training in high-risk industries 2019-11-25 [CLB]


Hong Kong

Unionists urge 5 percent pay rises despite recession 2019-12-06 [rthk]
Situation for journalists continues to decline 2019-12-06 [IFJ]
Advertising sector workers rally to kick-start five-day strike 2019-12-04 [HKFP]


India

43 workers killed in Delhi factory fire 2019-12-11 [IndustriALL]
Preventing India’s Factory Disasters 2019-12-10 [Human Rights Watch]
Delhi WATCH | Screams and goodbyes as scores die in devastating India factory fire 2019-12-09 [AFP/News24]


Indonesia

White asbestos lines many Indonesian buildings and health experts fear a coming cancer 'explosion' 2019-11-07 [ABC]
Rioting football supporters assault journalists 2019-10-25 [IFJ]
Reinstate Husni! Mobilization continues for union rights at Accor's Pullman Jakarta 2019-10-14 [IUF]


Japan

Uber Eats labor union in Japan calls for pay cuts to be reversed 2019-12-07 [Mainichi]
Rengo's daunting challenges 2019-11-24 [The Times]
IOC’s Bach asked to intervene in Tokyo Olympic labor dispute 2019-11-24 [Today]


Kazakhstan

Kazakh union leader Erlan Baltabay imprisoned again ActNOW! 2019-11-02 [IndustriALL]
Union leader Erlan Baltabay imprisoned again 2019-10-21 [ITUC]
Solidarity works: jailed union leader freed 2019-09-12 [IAMAW]


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

DHL Supply Chain recognizes Kesatuan Pekerja-Pekerja union 2019-11-18 [UNI Global Union]
Labour law amendment akin to state-backed union busting, MTUC claims 2019-11-03 [The Mail]
Bank workers’ union seeks court chairman’s recusal over language dispute 2019-10-28 [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

Mongolian union calls for implementation of ILO C176 2019-11-14 [IndustriALL]
Tackling mine safety in Vietnam and Mongolia 2019-06-11 [IndustriALL]
The VIIth Mongolian Teachers’ Congress reaffirms the importance to promote and invest in quality public education 2019-05-07 [Education International]


Nepal

Police attack journalist during South Asia Games protests 2019-12-12 [IFJ]
Everyone must obey the law, Must participate in Social Security: Deputy Prime Minister Pokhrel 2019-12-07 [GEFONT]
Nepal’s labour migration policy: by men, for men 2019-12-01 [The Post]


Pakistan

Demonstrators turn violent against Dawn newspaper 2019-12-06 [IFJ]
Female journalist killed by her husband 2019-12-02 [IFJ]
BBC arbitrary termination of jobs 2019-11-28 [IFJ]


Philippines

The global trade union movement puts the Philippine government on notice: hands off human and trade union rights defenders! ActNOW! 2019-12-12 [Education International]
Unions take action for the Philippines 2019-12-12 [IndustriALL]
Labor groups urge gov’t to end red-tagging of trade unions 2019-12-11 [GMA News]


Singapore

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]
Security union, groups back officer abused by condo resident 2019-10-28 [The Straits Times]


Sri Lanka

Journalists interrogated by police 2019-12-03 [IFJ]
Freelance journalist attacked only 48 hours before presidential election 2019-11-19 [IFJ]
Prominent members of Ceylon Workers Congress to support Sajith 2019-10-15 [The Colombo Page]


Taiwan

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]
EVA, union continue dispute over strike 2019-09-07 [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

Thai electronics firm compensates exploited workers in rare award 2019-12-11 [Reuters]
Nestlé​ admits slavery and coercion used in catching its seafood 2019-11-30 [CBC]
Thai unions call for review of labour laws 2019-11-22 [IndustriALL]


Tibet


Turkey

EU-backed project organises digital and trade-union workshops in Istanbul and Bursa 2019-12-12 [IFJ]
Journalist found unconscious with brain haemorrhage 2019-12-10 [EFJ]
Press freedom in Turkey: Repression is all too real 2019-12-05 [EFJ]


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

Uzbeks report cotton harvest forced labour 2019-09-30 [BBC]
Activists welcome progress towards eradication of forced labour, child labour 2019-04-11 [ILO]
The democratic future of Uzbekistan doesn’t depend on the politicians, but whether workers can mobilise 2018-10-13 [openDemocracy]


Vietnam

Fight for a 40-Hour Work Week 2019-12-04 [VoA]
Labour Update #37 2019-12-02 [TinyLetter]
Workers of Vietnam, Unite? 2019-11-30 [The Diplomat]
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