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Labour news from Asia


Asia

Unions plan Eurasian railway cooperation 2019-08-16 [ITF]
AsiaPac airlines and unions: strikes rarer than other regions 2019-08-09 [CAPA]
South Asia Consultation on GCM Held in Nepal 2019-07-17 [Migration News - Bangladesh]


Afghanistan

Radio journalist found murdered after disappearance 2019-07-16 [IFJ]
Deadly day for Shamshad TV with one dead and seven injured 2019-07-03 [IFJ]
Mena Mangal: Journalist and women's rights campaigner shot dead in broad day light in Kabul 2019-05-19 [The Independent]


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

Industrial relations overhaul could hurt unions and workers 2019-08-23 [Independent Australia]
Queensland Lunch with a side of spies: CityCat crews protest cameras in meal room 2019-08-23 [The Times]
Supporting Students with Disability 2019-08-23 [AEU]


Bangladesh

Bangaladesh accord gets life while workers organize wildcat strikes 2019-08-18 [Labor Notes]
Domestic workers rights in Bangladesh 2019-08-08 [The Daily Star]
Accord Gets a Lifeline While Workers Organize Wildcat Strikes 2019-08-07 [Labour Notes]


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

Journalists facing incitement charges granted bail 2019-07-31 [IFJ]
Journalists facing incitement charges granted bail 2019-07-29 [IFJ]
Two journalists arrested over the coverage of land dispute 2019-07-26 [IFJ]


China

China Pressures Business Over Hong Kong. Workers Get Caught in the Middle 2019-08-19 [NYTimes]
nemployment rate jumps in July as graduates enter the job market 2019-08-16 [CLB]
Rights Group Demands Immediate Release of 'iLabour Three' as China Deepens Crackdown on Labour Activists 2019-08-12 [VOA]


Hong Kong

Cathay Dragon cabin crew union leader becomes latest casualty of Hong Kong’s political crisis after her employment is ‘terminated’ 2019-08-23 [The South China Morning Post]
Cathay Dragon fires flight attendant union chief amid pressure from China 2019-08-23 [The Free Press]
Unions urge Cathay Pacific to end 'white terror' 2019-08-23 [The Financial Post]


India

Kashmir: Lift the information siege 2019-08-22 [IFJ]
Telangana Ordnance factory workers threaten to intensify stir 2019-08-22 [The New Indian Express]
Labour code on mandatory minimum wages notified 2019-08-22 [ET Bureau]


Indonesia

Government blocks Internet in Papua and West Papua 2019-08-23 [IFJ]
Trade-unionist assaulted by Hutchison port security in Jakarta 2019-08-22 [ITF]
Evidence of Systematic Wage Theft at BMI 2019-08-16 [IUF]


Japan

Japanese students bring message of peace, nuclear disarmament, and hope to UNI 2019-08-20 [UNI Global Union]
Third fatality in Tokyo 2020 construction process highlights dangers of heat stress 2019-08-16 [BWI]
60% of flight attendants suffer from sneaky filming on duty 2019-08-10 [Japan News]


Kazakhstan

Kazakh union leader freed 2019-08-12 [IndustriALL]
Solidarity works: jailed union leader freed in Kazakhstan 2019-08-12 [ITUC]
President pardons jailed trade union leader Erlan Baltabay ActNOW! 2019-08-10 [KTR]


Korea

KHMU-Busan National University Hospital union leaders on hunger strike for 28 days 2019-07-26 [UNI Global Union]
Logistics, supermarket unions join 'Boycott Japan' campaign 2019-07-24 [Korea Times]
Unions of Couriers, Market Workers Join Boycott of Japanese Products 2019-07-24 [Korea Bizwire]


Kyrgyzstan

Kyrgyz unions oppose anti-union law 2019-04-25 [IndustriALL]
Workers in Kyrgyzstan left without legal protection 2019-03-07 [IndustriALL]
Child Labor Problem Urgent: Kyrgyzstan Workers 2018-10-04 [Solidarity Center]


Laos

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]
Salary Delays Slow Government Work in Laos 2017-01-07 [RFA]


Malaysia

Union win for Utusan journalists 2019-08-21 [IFJ]
Journalists ejected from opposition party annual meeting 2019-07-23 [IFJ]
Journalists ejected from opposition party annual meeting 2019-07-22 [IFJ]


Maldives

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]
Police rough up, arrest journalists covering opposition rally 2017-07-28 [IFJ]


Mongolia

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]
Mongolia: IndustriALL and Rio Tinto conduct joint mission at Oyu Tolgoi mine 2018-09-26 [IndustriALL]


Nepal

Activist climbs Everest in ILO convention campaign 2019-05-28 [ITF]
Government drafts harsh provisions to Media Council Act 2019-05-16 [IFJ]
Nepal to sign bilateral labour pact with Turkey and Poland 2019-05-12 [The Himalayan Times]


Pakistan

ITF welcomes Pakistani rail union 2019-08-09 [ITF]
Call for framing rules to enforce Sindh Home-Based Workers Act 2018 2019-08-07 [The News]
Hutchison’s appalling safety record worsens as another worker is killed in Pakistan 2019-07-30 [ITF]


Philippines

Cops disperse Pepmaco strike, arrest workers 2019-08-19 [Bulatlat]
Sumifru Defies Labor Order To Reinstate 600 Terminated Union Workers 2019-08-12 [Davao Today]
American journalist Brandon Lee shot and injured 2019-08-12 [IFJ]


Singapore

Group sought to meet workers' interests while mindful of costs 2019-08-20 [The Straits Times]
Over 50 training committees formed by unions, companies to equip workers with skills to overcome tech disruption 2019-06-13 [The Straits Times]
SembWaste partners BATU for CTC to address 700 employees’ training needs 2019-06-07 [HRO]


Sri Lanka

Sri Lankan unions demand withdrawal of anti-worker labour law 2019-08-22 [IndustriALL]
Ten years on: Two army personnel charged with assault 2019-08-08 [IFJ]
Media obstructed by security forces 2019-07-26 [IFJ]


Taiwan

Taiwanese workers demand fair distribution of income 2019-08-12 [IndustriALL]
Taiwan's labor groups call for at least 5% hike in minimum wage 2019-08-12 [Taiwan News]
Union leaders call for adjustments to labor laws after strike 2019-07-31 [Focus]


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 workers demand to increase minimum wage 2019-08-20 [IndustriALL]
Nissan's unions unfazed by jobs cut 2019-07-26 [The Post]
TBank union seeks higher severance payments 2019-07-20 [The Post]


Tibet


Turkey

Reinstate Dismissed Turkish Municipal Workers in Bolu 2019-08-13 [PSI]
Turkish glassworkers on strike over long-standing union busting 2019-08-09 [IndustriALL]
Court imposes access block on news portals 2019-08-07 [EFJ]


Turkmenistan

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]
Children Forced to Labor in Turkmenistan Cotton Fields 2018-02-02 [Solidarity Center]


Uzbekistan

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]
Fewer Workers Forced to Prepare Uzbek Cotton Fields 2018-09-10 [Solidarity Center]


Vietnam

Labour Update #23 2019-08-19 [TinyLetter]
Government Gambles on Workers’ Rights 2019-07-08 [Jacobin]
Labour Update #19 2019-07-08 [TinyLetter]
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