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Labour news from Asia


Asia

Asia Pacific energy unions urge governments to enforce health and safety 2020-06-27 [IndustriALL]
Violation of workers’ rights at seven-year high 2020-06-23 [HRMAsia]
South Asian unions mark World Day Against Child Labour 2020-06-20 [BWI]


Afghanistan

Journalist and TV station employee killed in targeted bombing 2020-05-31 [IFJ]
Television journalists wounded in deadly Kabul attack 2020-03-15 [IFJ]
Journalist injured in deadly military convoy blast 2019-12-06 [IFJ]


Armenia

SDHP May 1 Statement 2020-05-02 [MasisPost]
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 ]


Azerbaijan

Afgan Mukhtarli released, but still 102 journalists in prison in Europe 2020-03-21 [EFJ]
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]


Australia

Victoria Victoria begins tracking workplace diseases and suicides 2020-07-02 [ACTU]
Learning from a crisis 2020-07-02 [AEU]
Qantas lacks principles on JobKeeper – time to fight for what is rightfully ours 2020-07-02 [ASU]


Bangladesh

Coronavirus measures give workers for global clothing chains a stark choice: disease or starvation 2020-07-01 [The Conversation]
Bangladesh braced to receive hundreds of thousands of returnee migrant workers 2020-06-30 [Arab News]
Bangladesh arrests dozens after migrant workers murdered in Libya 2020-06-25 [Thomson Reuters]


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

Newspaper publisher arrested following criticisms of prime minister 2020-06-29 [IFJ]
Laid Off Cambodian Entertainment Workers Petition Government For Coronavirus Relief 2020-06-27 [The Union-Journal]
724 workers, including pregnant women, dismissed at Cambodia garment factory 2020-06-20 [IndustriALL]


China

Inside China’s strategy to influence the world’s media 2020-06-29 [IFJ]
White collar workers face wage cuts and layoffs in wake of pandemic 2020-06-28 [CLB]
Transport company in tanker explosion repeatedly violated safety standards 2020-06-18 [CLB]


Hong Kong

Council of Global Unions Joint Solidarity Statement - Justice for Lee Cheuk Yan and ensuring fundamental rights in Hong Kong 2020-07-02 [ITUC]
Police target journalists in the aftermath of the new security law 2020-07-02 [IFJ]
China passes controversial national security law 2020-07-01 [IFJ]


India

Journalist attacked for investigating factory pollution 2020-07-01 [IFJ]
Telangana Beedi rollers in Telangana struggle to earn daily bread amid COVID-19 lockdown 2020-06-29 [The Express]
Maharashtra Bajaj Auto's Aurangabad plant may shut after death of 2 employees 2020-06-27 [PTI]


Indonesia

YouTube censors live stream on homophobia and religion 2020-06-29 [IFJ]
Goodyear sacks 52 union members in Indonesia without cause 2020-06-15 [IndustriALL]
Indonesian paper workers fighting for their jobs 2020-06-12 [IndustriALL]


Japan

COVID-19 doctors lack fresh masks, hazard pay-union survey 2020-05-17 [Canada.com]
Gov't is offering sex workers financial aid. But they say it's not enough to survive the coronavirus pandemic 2020-04-22 [CNN]
Government expands support to workers 2020-04-22 [BWI]


Kazakhstan

Kazakh union leader Erlan Baltabay released 2020-03-24 [IndustriALL]
Union develop strategies against gender-based violence 2020-02-29 [BWI]
Union develop strategies against gender-based violence 2020-02-23 [BWI]


Korea

KPTU Statement on New Stability Measures 2020-04-25 [KPTU]
GM Korea agrees pay freeze with union 2020-03-28 [just-auto]
South Korea appears to have greatly slowed the new cases of COVID-19 2020-03-27 [PSI]


Kyrgyzstan

Unions under threat in Kyrgyzstan 2020-06-24 [IndustriALL]
Young workers lead Kyrgyzstan’s construction union 2020-06-24 [BWI]
Young workers lead Kyrgyzstan’s construction union 2020-06-24 [BWI]


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

Court hears contempt case against Malaysiakini and Steven Gan 2020-07-02 [IFJ]
BWI Malaysian unions assist migrant workers in wood and forestry 2020-07-01 [BWI]
Union continues organising despite threats and harassment 2020-07-01 [BWI]


Maldives

TEAM leads fight to stop new attacks on employment and workplace rights 2020-06-26 [IUF]
Virus traps poor foreign workers in deserted Maldives 2020-05-27 [Daily Times]
Resort capitalizes on pandemic to victimize union officer 2020-04-18 [IUF]


Mongolia

Upcoming election raises concerns for press freedom 2020-06-22 [IFJ]
Unions calls for reformed labour code 2020-01-24 [IndustriAll]
Mongolian unions calls for reformed labour code 2020-01-22 [IndustriALL]


Nepal

Relief package distribution to migrant workers in Malaysia 2020-06-27 [GEFONT]
Out-of-job domestic workers are struggling for survival even as lockdown is relaxed 2020-06-21 [The Post]
​​GEFONT organizes Training on Mental Health & its Management 2020-06-20 [GEFONT]


Pakistan

Journalists covering quarantine centre tortured near Afghan border 2020-06-29 [IFJ]
IFALPA and IFATCA on Pakistan International Airlines Flight 8303 Preliminary Report 2020-06-27 [IFALPA]
Millions of Pakistani laborers struggle amid COVID-19 lockdown 2020-06-18 [AA]


Philippines

Police obstruct and intimidate journalists 2020-07-02 [IFJ]
Union’s COVID-19 relief leads to membership growth 2020-07-01 [BWI]
Congressman recommends ABS-CBN stop news coverage 2020-06-30 [IFJ]


Singapore

Unions have been innovating to represent PMETs better, says labour chief 2020-06-23 [The Straits Times]
Plans to overhaul housing for foreign workers unveiled 2020-06-02 [The Straits Times]
NTUC focusing on matching at-risk workers to companies 2020-05-28 [The Straits Times]


Sri Lanka

Sri Lankan president establishes military taskforce: Another step toward dictatorship 2020-06-09 [WSWS]
Tripartite agreement to protect Sri Lankan workers 2020-05-28 [IndustriALL]
Sri Lankan union protects workers amid Covid-19 2020-03-31 [IndustriALL]


Taiwan

Prompt action to stop the spread of COVID-19 and keep schools open and safe 2020-03-27 [EI]
Organizations call for illegal migrant worker amnesty 2020-03-04 [Focus]
Baby or a job? Stark choice for Taiwan's migrant workers 2019-12-19 [Reuters]


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 Unions Rally in Solidarity with Black Lives Matter 2020-06-12 [Solidarity Center]
Union busting at Sunstar Engineering in Thailand 2020-05-30 [IndustriALL]
Thai Union Organizer Connects COVID-19 and Worker Rights 2020-04-16 [Solidarity Center]


Tibet


Turkey

Unions warn of general strike over severance pay 2020-06-29 [BWI]
Severance pay in Turkey: What does the government propose? Why do unions object? 2020-06-29 [Bianet]
Unions warn of general strike over severance pay 2020-06-27 [BWI]


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

The role of labour activism in the country's coronavirus success 2020-07-02 [Equal Times]
The role of labour activism in Vietnam’s coronavirus success 2020-07-02 [Equal Times]
Labour Update #65 2020-06-22 [TinyLetter]
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