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Labour news from Asia


Asia

Education unionists in Asia-Pacific put forward recommendations to advance SDG4 and professional teaching standards 2019-10-09 [Education International]
Third Sub regional Women’s Conference for Eastern Europe and Central Asia 2019-10-06 [BWI]
From Migrant to Worker 2019-10-06 [BWI]


Afghanistan

Journalist killed in election attack 2019-09-28 [IFJ]
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]


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

Labor accused of abandoning workers 2019-10-19 [Sydney Morning Herald]
Labour union split widens as Albanese goes after steelworkers 2019-10-19 [The Age]
Politics needs nurses-adress to the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation 2019-10-19 [ALP]


Bangladesh

Death toll rises as accidents continue at Bangladesh shipbreaking yards 2019-10-17 [IndustriALL]
Workers making £88 Lululemon leggings claim they are beaten 2019-10-15 [The Guardian]
EZs to run under EPZ labour law, not Bangladesh labour law 2019-09-29 [The New Age]


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

Road to ruin for Cambodian garment workers 2019-10-02 [Medium]
Hotel Casino Union President suspended in attack on collective bargaining rights 2019-09-24 [IUF]
Cambodian unions demand sectoral bargaining to achieve living wages 2019-09-23 [IndustriALL]


China

Anti-discrimination activists detained for two months in widening crackdown 2019-09-29 [CLB]
State-owned enterprises pushed to boost pension fund 2019-09-29 [CLB]
IFJ condemns the government exam for press credentials 2019-09-28 [IFJ]


Hong Kong

Lee Cheuk-yan of the HKCTU: “When you beat, arrest, prosecute and shoot at protestors, social dialogue is very difficult” 2019-10-18 [Equal Times]
IFJ condemns police violence against Now News driver 2019-10-16 [IFJ]
Brussels: Press Briefing tomorrow on Pro-Democracy Protests in Hong Kong 2019-10-15 [IFJ]


India

Against the destructive decision of BJP govt's hectic move for merger of the banks 2019-10-19 [CITU]
Telangana KCR refuses to invite striking RTC employees for talks, impasse continues 2019-10-18 [The Times]
Andhra Pradesh Journalist stabbed to death in Andhra Pradesh 2019-10-17 [IFJ]


Indonesia

Reinstate Husni! Mobilization continues for union rights at Accor's Pullman Jakarta 2019-10-14 [IUF]
Jokowi gains support from labor unions 2019-10-09 [The Post]
Thousands of workers to protest Indonesia’s labour laws 2019-10-02 [The Post]


Japan

Union to step up support for foreigners, freelancers 2019-10-09 [Today]
Labor body to step up support for foreigners, freelancers 2019-10-09 [Kyodo News]
Uber Eats delivery staff in Japan form labor union 2019-10-09 [Japan Today]


Kazakhstan

Solidarity works: jailed union leader freed 2019-09-12 [IAMAW]
Kazakh union leader freed 2019-08-12 [IndustriALL]
Solidarity works: jailed union leader freed in Kazakhstan 2019-08-12 [ITUC]


Korea

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]
Logistics, supermarket unions join 'Boycott Japan' campaign 2019-07-24 [Korea Times]


Kyrgyzstan

Union vows to remain united despite pressure from government 2019-10-16 [BWI]
Kyrgyz unions oppose anti-union law 2019-04-25 [IndustriALL]
Workers in Kyrgyzstan left without legal protection 2019-03-07 [IndustriALL]


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

Utusan union asks authorities to monitor paper’s liquidation 2019-10-15 [Yahoo]
800 jobs lost as Utusan Media Group shuts down 2019-10-11 [IFJ]
Call for ratification of ILO C87 in Malaysia 2019-09-16 [IndustriALL]


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

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

Journalist and union leader threatened for reporting 2019-10-07 [IFJ]
Communication is a special tools in building an organization: Prez Shrestha 2019-09-29 [GEFONT]
GEFONT financially assists members for treatment 2019-09-29 [GEFONT]


Pakistan

150 journalists sacked without cause at ARY and AAJ News 2019-10-02 [IFJ]
Government attempts to introduce media tribunals 2019-09-23 [IFJ]
Garment factories still unsafe, seven years after fatal fire 2019-09-13 [Ecotextile]


Philippines

Teacher unionist gunned down by masked men in the Phillipines 2019-10-17 [Svenssonstiftelsen.com]
Bukidnon teacher shot in front of pupils inside classroom 2019-10-17 [The Inquirer]
Dismissed Ceres workers hopeful of reinstatement 2019-10-15 [The Sun-Star]


Singapore

https://www.straitstimes.com/politics/as-industries-undergo-transition-workers-will-not-be-left-to-fend-for-themselves-says-pm 2019-10-15 [The Straits Times]
PAP and NTUC’s ‘twin’ alliance lets workers have a stake in society: PM Lee 2019-10-15 [Today]
Service-sector unions tell President of job fears amid headwinds 2019-10-09 [The Straits Times]


Sri Lanka

Prominent members of Ceylon Workers Congress to support Sajith 2019-10-15 [The Colombo Page]
Train strike enters 12th day; trade unions vow to continue 2019-10-07 [The Colombo Page]
Election chief requests trade unions to refrain from striking ahead of election 2019-10-07 [The Colombo Page]


Taiwan

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


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

Titans of Thai fishing collaborate to tackle slavery 2019-10-10 [Reuters]
Brands probe illegal underpaying of migrant garment workers 2019-09-06 [Ecotextile News]
ILO, Global Unions, Labor Movement, and Human Rights Activist Demand Labour Law Reform and Enforcement To Meet ILO Standards 2019-09-05 [Prachatai]


Tibet


Turkey

ETUC condemns Turkish invasion threat and calls on EU to end migration deal 2019-10-08 [ETUC]
BWI Affiliates in Turkey Support the Youth-Led Global Climate Strike 2019-10-03 [BWI]
TARIM ORMAN-IS holds a panel on the environment 2019-09-24 [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

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 #30 2019-10-14 [TinyLetter]
Labour Update #29 2019-10-08 [TinyLetter]
Saturday should be a holiday, Vietnamese workers assert 2019-10-07 [VN Express]
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