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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

The art of conversation 2020-01-23 [AEU]
First languages lessons grow 2020-01-23 [AEU]
Swissport gives undertakings to Fair Work Commission 2020-01-23 [ASU]


Bangladesh

Accord transition agreement signed in Bangladesh 2020-01-15 [IndustriALL]
Jute mills workers’ hunger strike rolls into third day 2019-12-31 [Daily Star]
Jute mills workers continue hunger strike for third day 2019-12-31 [Prothom Alo]


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

Cambodia Casino Workers Win Big Wage Gains 2020-01-16 [Solidarity Center]
Victory for labor rights in Cambodia as largest casino workers’ strike ends in peace Posted 2020-01-13 [Global Voices]
Strike wins reinstatement for suspended union leader at Naga World Hotel Casino 2020-01-13 [IUF]


China

Coal mine accidents and deaths in China decline in 2019 2020-01-23 [CLB]
Calls to set up a professional football players trade union 2020-01-23 [CLB]
The state of labour relations in China, 2019 2020-01-13 [CLB]


Hong Kong

Education Bureau finds protest-related breaches by teachers in 60 per cent of complaints 2020-01-23 [The South China Morning Post]
Protests: 31 arrested civil servants suspended from posts 2020-01-11 [The South China Morning Post]
Report on food delivery rider unrest 2020-01-11 [HKCTU]


India

Kerala Trade unions call off strike 2020-01-22 [Express News Service]
Punjab Mid-day meal workers seek regular jobs, hike in salary 2020-01-20 [Tribune India]
Air India trade unions to demand VRS package in second meeting with Hardeep Singh Puri today 2020-01-20 [PTI]


Indonesia

Indonesia unions hold protests over planned labor 'reform' 2020-01-20 [WKZO]
Fears new bill will destroy workers’ welfare 2020-01-18 [IndustriAll]
Indonesia: fears new bill will destroy workers’ welfare 2020-01-15 [IndustriALL]


Japan

Famed Japan photojournalist targeted young, low-status staff for worst sex abuse: report 2019-12-28 [Mainichi]
Toyota union to propose merit-based pay-raise system as seniority model faces scrutiny 2019-12-26 [The Times]
Toyota union to propose larger focus on performance in pay increases 2019-12-26 [Kyodo News]


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

GEFONT mobilizes all structures to make Visit Nepal 2020 a success 2020-01-07 [GEFONT]
Parliamentary committee passes controversial IT Bill 2020-01-06 [IFJ]
Labor Immigration: let’s make it Aspiration not Compulsion 2019-12-28 [GEFONT]


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

Police assault journalist during Traslacion 2020 2020-01-14 [IFJ]
New tranche in pay hike puts teachers in lowest rung among public employees 2020-01-08 [DAVOAToday]
TUCP calls for convening of PH-Kuwait panel over OFW’s death 2020-01-04 [The Inquirer]


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

Journalist clubbed in home attack 2019-12-17 [IFJ]
Journalists interrogated by police 2019-12-03 [IFJ]
Freelance journalist attacked only 48 hours before presidential election 2019-11-19 [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

Deadlock sets Turkish metalworkers en route to strike 2020-01-24 [IndustriAll]
Deadlock sets Turkish metalworkers en route to strike 2020-01-21 [IndustriALL]
Minimum wage: Bosses pleased, workers walked out 2020-01-13 [SoL]


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

Labour Update #43 2020-01-19 [TinyLetter]
Labour Update #42 2020-01-12 [TinyLetter]
Charitable activities organized to help poor, ill laborers in HCMC 2020-01-10 [Saigon]
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