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[Korea] Ulsan labor protest making a splash

[Korea] Ulsan labor protest making a splash | Asian Labour Update | Scoop.it
Two irregular workers have camped out high atop a pylon, drawing attention to their plight...

As demonstrations on top of a steel pylon in Ulsan by in-house subcontractor employees of Hyundai Motor entered their third day on Oct. 19, more groups have stepped forward to stand in solidarity with the strikers and expressed support for their actions.

 

In particular, the union of regular workers and groups of temporary workers at Hyundai Motor along with various workers’ unions from Ulsan area have been actively demonstrating their unity with the strikers, holding candlelight vigils and tent sit-in demonstrations.

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The Current Situation concerning Occupational Diseases and Disclosure of Government Information in China

Using relevant literature, we have been trying to understand the current situation concerning occupational diseases in China and to investigate how to improve the situation. However we have found that the information disclosed by the government is very limited. Additional information can be found in medical literature, although it does not provide more basic data, such as the number of cases of different occupational diseases and the gender, occupation and city of patients who have contracted occupational diseases. With such limited resources, it has only been possible to understand the situation by visiting the victims of occupational diseases in hospital.

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S Korea workers in Taipei rally over factory closures

S Korea workers in Taipei  rally over factory closures | Asian Labour Update | Scoop.it

In a show of solidarity between Taiwanese labor unions and their counterparts in South Korea, scores of protesters yesterday held a rally in Taipei, calling on Taiwan’s E Ink Holdings (EIH) to revoke its decision to shut down two factories owned by Hydis Technologies — an EIH subsidiary in South Korea.

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Low Labor Cost Ranks Burma among Top Countries for Investment

Low Labor Cost Ranks Burma among Top Countries for Investment | Asian Labour Update | Scoop.it

Burma has been named one of the five best countries in the world for cheap labor, making it much more attractive for manufacturing investment than neighbors China and Thailand.


Businesses with supply chains and operations in [Burma], Bangladesh and Cambodia are benefiting from the world’s lowest labor costs.

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[Pakistan] Employees of Nadra continue strike

[Pakistan] Employees of Nadra continue strike | Asian Labour Update | Scoop.it

The employees of National Database and Registration Authority (Nadra) continued their token hunger strike for the third consecutive day on Thursday to press for acceptance of their demands, including service structure, promotion and increase in salaries and allowances.


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Nadra workers call off strike for a week
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Samsung semiconductor workers: lymphoma, and no compensation

Samsung semiconductor workers: lymphoma, and no compensation | Asian Labour Update | Scoop.it

Workers who handled dangerous chemicals left without assistance because they’re subcontractors


“It’s hard to understand how I could be ineligible for compensation when I worked at a Samsung Electronics factory every day for a year and two months just like a regular employee,”

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New Publication for download: Emerging Trends in Factory Asia

New Publication for download: Emerging Trends in Factory Asia | Asian Labour Update | Scoop.it
Emerging Trends in Factory Asia: International Capital Mobility, Global Value Chains, and the Labour Movement

chapter 1. Introduction   1

chapter 2. Financialisation, International Capital  Mobility and the Global Value Chains         5

chapter 3. Integration of Asia in Global Value Chains      43

chapter 4. Impact of Capital Mobility and the Global Value Chains         83

chapter 5. Emerging Labour Movement in Asia        113

chapter 6. Conclusions and Way Forward       167

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Striking Workers in China Suppressed

Striking Workers in China Suppressed | Asian Labour Update | Scoop.it
On 18 December 2014, hundreds of police stormed into Artigas Clothing & Leatherware company in Shenzhen, China to disperse workers who have been on strike for 9 days to demand their mandatory social insurance and housing provident fund premiums. Instead of answering the strikers’ request for a negotiation with the employer on 18 December, the police went in the morning to take away the leading strikers and assisted the factory management to put the finished clothing on carts for shipping to Uniqlo. Many workers were arrested and some of them were injured in the clash and forced back to work or intimidated with dismissal.
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Thousands strike across Indonesia, demanding higher pay

Workers headed into the capital from industrial areas in the greater Jakarta region and blocked the central Hotel Indonesia roundabout, waving flags and listening to speeches from union leaders.
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Gulf Countries: Increase Migrant Worker Protection

Gulf Countries: Increase Migrant Worker Protection | Asian Labour Update | Scoop.it

Millions of contract workers from Asia and Africa, including an estimated 2.4 million domestic workers in the Gulf, are subject to a wide range of abuses, including unpaid wages, confiscation of passports, physical abuse, and forced labor.

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Japan Union activists rally to block revision of Worker Dispatch Law

Japan Union activists rally to block revision of Worker Dispatch Law | Asian Labour Update | Scoop.it

Labor unions on November 5th assembled in front of the Diet building to protest the government attempt to ease the rules on the use of temporary workers. Representing the National Confederation of Trade Unions (Zenroren), the National Trade Union Council (Zenrokyo), and other independent unions, 150 union activists took part in the action. Zenroren President Odagawa Yoshikazu expressed his determination to block the government-proposed bill to revise the Worker Dispatch Law as the revision would drive more workers into poverty. Zenrokyo Secretary General Nakaoka Motoaki called on participants to increase their efforts to create a society where workers can live and work with dignity.

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Labor groups in Taiwan stage ‘Autumn Struggle’

Labor groups in Taiwan stage ‘Autumn Struggle’ | Asian Labour Update | Scoop.it
After convening at three rallies held in different locations across Taipei, nearly 1,000 protesters carrying flags and banners swarmed the MRT yesterday to participate in the Autumn Struggle (秋鬥), an annual protest march organized by labor groups, congregating in Ximending (西門町) before marching on to protest in front of the National Development Council.
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Massive strike planned to reject minimum-wage hike in Indonesia

Thousands of workers across North Sumatra have planned a massive rally for next week, rejecting the 2015 provincial minimum wage (UMP), which was set at Rp 1,625,000 (US$130) per month.

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Call for Paper - Asian Labour Review

Call for Paper - Asian Labour Review | Asian Labour Update | Scoop.it

The editors of Asian Labour Review welcome submissions of paper from those who work for different research institutions, universities, development agencies, NGOs and think-thanks, and trade unions, but also from individual researchers in national and international labour and solidarity movements, international campaigning and private-led development initiatives on labour standards.


For the first issue, papers must be received by 15 August 2015. Papers should be emailed to ALR editors at editor@asianlabourreview.org


More about Asian Labour Review, please visit: http://asianlabourreview.org/

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Myanmar Garment Workers Threaten Further Strikes if Demands Are Not Met

Myanmar Garment Workers Threaten Further Strikes if Demands Are Not Met | Asian Labour Update | Scoop.it

Garment workers in Myanmar protesting over pay and factory conditions threatened to continue strikes Tuesday unless their demands are met and authorities release two of their representatives detained earlier this month.


The promise to continue the nearly month-long strikes against Costec International, E-Land Myanmar and Ford Glory Garment in Yangon's Shwepyithar Industrial Zone, came despite government warnings on Monday that "action" would be taken against protesters.


Around 2,000 workers from the three garment factories, which are reportedly owned by Chinese and South Korean firms, have been on strike since Feb. 2 to demand a raise in monthly wages to 80,000 kyats (U.S. $78).


As many as 200,000 people work in garment factories in Myanmar, according to the MGMA, while the Labor Rights Clinic reports the average garment employee is female, aged 24, and works six days a week and 13 hours per day for around U.S. $80 per month.

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Japan's top union body aims for biggest pay rise in 20 years

Japan's top union body aims for biggest pay rise in 20 years | Asian Labour Update | Scoop.it

Japan's peak body for labor unions said it will seek the biggest increase in monthly wages in more than two decades as it makes inflation the key point in annual spring pay negotiations. 

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More than 100,000 women workers in Bangalore India took the streets

More than 100,000 women workers in Bangalore India took the streets | Asian Labour Update | Scoop.it

'Vidhan Soudha Chalo' (at Bangalore) by Anganwadi workers on the 11th day (Feb 12) of their indefinite strike. More than one lakh Anganwadi workers under the banner of Karnataka Rajya Anganwadi Noukarara Sangha, the Union affiliated to AIFAWH (CITU) in Karnataka and All India Trade Union Congress (AITUC) were on their indefinite strike and Day and Night dharna from February 2 against the govt. attempt to privatize the Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS) programme.

Minister for women and child development, Karnataka Smt. Umashree while addressing Anganwadi Workers at Freedom Park after discussions with Chief Minister assured support /persuasion from Govt. of Karnataka against privatization, considering increase in honorarium in the ensuing budget, death relief payment of Rs.50000 per worker, health insurance scheme for all Anganwadi workers. after listening to all these, and considering the recommendations the assembled Anganwadi workers decided to call off their agitation and to resume work. The rider to calling off the agitation is to resume the struggle immediately after State budget in first week of March. Thus the month long agitation ended forcing the government to acknowledge our organizational strength. This struggle is a definite historical step forward

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Incredible strike in Bangalore, India with more than 100,000 women workers of early childhood care centers. Most of the mainstream media continues to ignore or covers it as inconvenience to daily commuters.

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TPP - The dirtiest deal you've never heard of

TPP - The dirtiest deal you've never heard of | Asian Labour Update | Scoop.it

For years, there's been talk of creating a new free trade deal that would span countries bordering the Asia-Pacific, including the US, Canada, New Zealand, as well as several countries in Latin America and Asia. The deal is called the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement – or "TPP" for short. 

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Revisiting the Crackdown in Cambodia

Revisiting the Crackdown in Cambodia | Asian Labour Update | Scoop.it

I should have written this a year ago, right after joining a fact-finding mission on the violent crackdown on the Cambodian workers’ strike from December 2013 to January 2014. Nearly a year after, however, my notes remained raw, and my draft a series of sentence fragments and disparate paragraphs. If only to console myself, I must say, I really tried hard, even bothered a friend or two to push myself to finish this essay, but it was futile. I am not very good at weaving words after all. With no clear message in mind, I got stuck. And in my hopeless attempt to move on this “new” year, I am coming out with these notes instead.


- See more at: http://pinoyweekly.org/new/2015/01/revisiting-the-crackdown-in-cambodia/#sthash.H2GYcwuP.dpuf

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Interview with a Cambodian worker: “If there’s another strike, I’ll take part”

Interview with a Cambodian worker: “If there’s another strike, I’ll take part” | Asian Labour Update | Scoop.it

After taking part in the protest on the morning of Jan. 2, Thoeun returned to his dormitory. After hearing about what was happening outside, he was just leaving the building when soldiers seized him. After five months in prison, he returned to work, but his Cambodian manager warned him not to join the labor union.

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How pay raise killed workers: The story of a North Face manufacturer in Bangladesh

How pay raise killed workers: The story of a North Face manufacturer in Bangladesh | Asian Labour Update | Scoop.it
A news brief from Bangladesh reached Seoul last January. A female worker was shot dead by police in a factory owned by Youngone, the Korean sportswear manufacturer known as the biggest supplier of The Northface and the biggest foreign investor in Bangladesh. Youngone issued a short press release in Seoul through PR firm.
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Teachers’ Strikes Spread Across Northeast China

Strikes by thousands of teachers frustrated by low salaries and mandatory payments to pension plans have spread across cities in northeast China, state news media reported on Dec 1st. The strikes began last week and have spread to a half-dozen cities or counties near Harbin, the capital of Heilongjiang Province, where economic growth has long been slower than elsewhere in China. Classes in some primary and high schools in Heilongjiang have been suspended, the reports said. Teachers are asking for raises and for the government to end required payments to a pension plan. China National Radio reported that one teacher was making less than $400 a month after working for 25 years.

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Temp workers' strike halts school meals in Korea

Temp workers' strike halts school meals in Korea | Asian Labour Update | Scoop.it
About 20,000 nonregular workers of schools launched a two-day strike on Thursday, which led to the suspension the school lunch services at some schools.The strikers demand to be hired as full-time staff, citing unfair employment policies. They are also calling for paid lunch breaks and paid vacation, and stressed that the two-day protest could expand to a general strike if negotiations fall apart.The 20,000 strikers make up about 30 per cent of the three major unions of contract school workers nationwide.
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Labor protesters in Taiwan clash with police

Labor protesters in Taiwan clash with police | Asian Labour Update | Scoop.it

Wearing yellow raincoats in drizzling weather, several hundred demonstrators from two groups — former Hualon Corp workers and former freeway toll collectors — and their supporters staged a joint demonstration outside Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) headquarters in Taipei.

The former Hualon workers want the government to help them obtain unpaid pensions from the bankrupt textiles manufacturer, while the former toll collectors are demanding severance packages as well as assistance finding new jobs, since their former jobs disappeared after the nation launched a distance-based electronic toll collection system in January and removed all tollbooths.

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Cambodia hikes garment worker wages, falls short of demands

Cambodia hikes garment worker wages, falls short of demands | Asian Labour Update | Scoop.it

Cambodia has raised the minimum monthly wage for garment workers by 28 per cent to US$128, effective Jan 1 next year, but the increase fell short of union demands. 

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