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Domestic helpers push for an end to live-in rule

Domestic helpers push for an end to live-in rule | Asian Labour Update | Scoop.it

A group of foreign domestic helpers want a requirement for them to live with their employers to be scrapped.

The Hong Kong Federation of Asian Domestic Workers' Union says the rule exposes maids to the risk of indecent assault or sexual harassment by their employers.

They voiced their concerns yesterday with a rally outside the HSBC headquarters in Central, at which domestic helpers recounted recent ordeals they have had while living with their employers in the city.

One Indonesian maid at the demonstration described feeling vulnerable one night when her boss came into her room.

"My boss entered my room and touched my hand while talking to me. I was so scared and cried for help. He then left my room. I was so scared but I dared not tell others. I quit the job the following day," she said.

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Over 1,000 Arrested in Bengal, India Amid Violence During Trade Unions’ Countrywide Strike

Over 1,000 Arrested in Bengal, India Amid Violence During Trade Unions’ Countrywide Strike | Asian Labour Update | Scoop.it

Millions responded to a strike called by seven trade union centers in India. According to one union leader, "this is reflection of disenchantment of the working class. The government should learn its lessons from the strike. We are ready to discuss and reach a consensus. If the government does not take its lessons, the movement will be intensified.

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Indian workers strike over Modi labour reforms

Indian workers strike over Modi labour reforms | Asian Labour Update | Scoop.it
Workers across India are staging a day-long strike in protest against economic policies of the government.
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150 million people participated in General Strike today

150 million people participated in General Strike today | Asian Labour Update | Scoop.it

150 million people participated in the strike today!


All India General Strike is a great success all over the country. Right wing groups finally opted out and did not join the strike. But more than 150 million people participated in the strike!


There are direct and radical actions at many places including train blockades in West Bengal. In industrial areas of Gurgaon, all workers in all plants of Suzuki took part in the strike, along with many other factories in the area. We will keep you updated


- Updated by Surendra Pratap of Centre for Workers Education, India 
- Photo by Surendra and Pranesh Sarkar

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Indian workers prepare for massive general strike on 2nd September 2015

Indian workers prepare for massive general strike on 2nd September 2015 | Asian Labour Update | Scoop.it

The working people of the country, from almost all the sectors, from all the states, have very well completed their preparation for the 24 hour strike on 2nd September. This strike is the 16th countrywide General strike after 1991, against the neoliberal offensive of the ruling classes and the fourth strike after all the 11 central TUs and also the National Federations came on a joint platform.
All informations from various corners of the country indicate that most enthusiastic preparations have been there to make the strike a complete success.

Central Trade Unions
All the Central Trade Unions have convened their national level meetings and chalked out programmes for independent and joint campaigns. All the Central Trade Unions have also, according to media reports, held their own organizational meetings at state level also. Those initiatives have resulted in successful holdings of the state level and sectoral conventions of all the Trade Unions and Federations.

State Conventions
Starting from West Bengal, all the states have organized joint Conventions and adopted resolutions calling upon the unions and federations in the state to join the countrywide strike. National leaders of CTUs have attended these conventions, raising enthusiasm among the delegates participating.

An important development in these conventions are the participation of state level organizations, mostly guided by the regional political parties. These organizations include the Trade Union wings or guided organizations of Shiv Sena, Telengana Rajya Samithi, Telugudesam, MDMK, DMDK and VCK in Tamilnadu, JMM in Jharkhand. In Kerala all the regional trade unions including those attached to ruling parties in the state have been participating in the countrywide strikes conducted after 2009. There are also organizations at state level, not attached to any political parties, but led by individuals or functioning as independent organizations like Working Peoples Council in Tamilnadu, which are also participating in the strike.

Public Sector Unions
The Convention of Public Sector Employees unions in Bengaluru on 25th July witnessed participation of unions form all over the country. Unions affiliated to all the major central trade unions and also the Joint Action Front of PSU unions Bengaluru and PSU Trade Union Co-ordination Committee, Hyderabad participated. 287 delegates from 28 major PSUs attended this Convention, which adopted a declaration criticizing the Government of India’s policies of Privatisation and denigration of PSUs. Adopting the 12 point charter of demands and also on issues of PSU Public Sector Workers the convention vowed to make the strike a total success.

CITU affiliated unions along with some of the fraternal unions in PSUs, had held a meeting in Hyderabad on 22nd June. 157 delegates from more than 50 units had attended this meeting, which was called by All India Co-ordination Committee of Public Sector Trade Unions.

State level workshops or conventions were also held in various centers where considerable number of PSUs are operating.

Sectoral Convention
Coal workers, under the leadership of all the major federations held a national convention in Nagpur, on 11th July, resolving to make the strike a complete success. Local and regional conventions were held in different states.

Port and Dock
The Co-ordination Committee of five national federations of Port and Dock Workers met at Paradeep on 21st June to plan out campaigns among the port and dock workers. Meeting again at Chennai on 8th and 9th August to review the preparations the committee decided to direct all the affiliated unions to issue strike notices to the management. Detailed programme of campaigning was worked out.

Petroleum Workers
National Federations of Petroleum Sector Workers held a national Convention on 18th August, in Mumbai, where Trade Unions representing all major Oil and Gas undertakings participated. Leaders of CITU, AITUC and INTUC led federations participated along with worker representatives from different centers.

Telecom Workers
BSNL employees who went on a two-day strike with a demand of Save BSNL, are fully prepared for the strike on 2nd September. All the Unions of employees have jointly served strike notice and campaigns have been well organized. 

Road Transport Workers
Road Transport Workers will be participating in the strike enmasse. After the most successful countrywide strike of Road Transport Workers on 30th April, when workers from State Government undertakings, private and also of self employed sections participated, the enthusiasm among the Road Transport Workers have increased manifold.

A national convention on 4th August in Mavalankar Hall in New Delhi witnessed participation form all over the country including Arunachal Pradesh and Manipur. All Central TUs and independent federations form various states participated in the Convention which decided to organize successful strike of the Road Transport Workers on 2nd September.

Electricity Workers
The National Co-ordination Committee of Electricity Employees and Engineers (NCCOEEE) have been on country wide campaigns against the new electricity Bill, which will in effect be a death knell to the demands of Electricity as a human right. Affordable and quality energy to the domestic consumers will come to an end if the new Bill is passed. NCCOEEE had decided to go on a countrywide strike it the new Bill is introduced in Parliament. Though it was listed to be introduced, it could not be introduced in the Monsoon Session. Now, the unions have decided to concentrate on the 2nd September strike.

Central and State Government Employees
Central Government employees under the Confederation of Central Government Employees and Workers, is on a countrywide campaign to make he General strike a powerful Day of protest by mobilizing all sections of employees –Postal, Income-tax, Audit and Accounts and various departments.

As far as the State Government Employees are concerned All India State Government Employees Federation leaders are on tour to mobilize employees for the strike after a formal decision to go for strike was taken on 11th July. State and local level Conventions have been organized in various states.

Defence Employees
Civilian employees of the Defence department are in full preparation for the strike. All India Defence Employees Federation (AIDEF) and the INTUC and BMS led federations have jointly appealed to the workers to go on strike. Strike Ballot was taken by the 3 federations, independently form 4th to 6th.

Financial Sector
Major Unions in Banking and Insurance Sector are, as usual, actively preparing for the strike, which will be a total success on 2nd September. Reserve Bank and NABARD will also be on strike.

Medical Representatives
As has been the tradition, in all the previous struggles, medical representatives under the banner of FMRAI are well prepared in every state to go on strike this time also.

Scheme Workers
In the Anganwadi Sector, all the federations have jointly decided to participate in the strike. Asha workers. Mid-Day Meal workers, NCLP workers etc. are also in the campaign to make the strike a powerful protest against the Government’s attitude towards the Scheme Workers.

The reports reaching from different parts of the country show that enthusiastic campaigns are going on in all the Industrial Centres in the country. Organised Sector workers, both in Public Sector and Private Sector, along with the huge Sections of unorganized sector workers, daily wage earners and all Sections of toilers are preparing for the strike.

House to house campaigns, Panchayat level Conventions, torch light processions are being held in different parts of the country with thousands of work spot level meetings with massive participation of men and women. In many centres, General strike will turn into a total hartal.

Country is on the move
On 15th August, we saw, country wide celebrations of the Independence Day. India has entered the 69th year of Independence. The lofty goals at the time of the freedom struggle and the dreams of thousands of our Martyrs and millions who languished in the jails facing torture and hardships still remain a very distant even to-day.

Our Kisans and Agricultural Workers are on the path of suicides, not able to withstand the blood sucking policies of the ruling class. Various sections of Kisans and Agricultural workers are already on struggle. The distress the Indian villages are facing are the result of the inhuman and exploitative policies being pursued by the rulers. It is for the working class of the country to be in the forefront of struggles against these policies and give confidence to all other sections of toiling masses in their struggles. The solidarity of all sections of toilers have to be strengthened.

The unity of the Trade Unions on the basis of an agreed charter and the struggles being conducted have to be developed in to a massive struggle against the anti-people, neo-liberal policies.
The countrywide General strike on 2nd September, should mark the beginning of a new phase of struggle. This one day strike will turn into a massive action to warn the ruling class against their policies. We should force a change in the policy trajectory of the country and working people should unitedly move towards that.


A.K. Padmanabhan

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Vietnam’s labor union, employers disagree on wage increase plan for next year

Vietnam’s labor union, employers disagree on wage increase plan for next year | Asian Labour Update | Scoop.it
The union wants at least a 15 percent pay bump for 2016, but businesses claim that they are struggling
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Rights-Based Financing for Rights-Based Social Protection in Southeast Asia

Rights-Based Financing for Rights-Based Social Protection in Southeast Asia | Asian Labour Update | Scoop.it

For social protection to be truly rights-based, the manner by which it is financed should also be rights-based.  A rights-based financing for rights-based social protection would mean that financing should come primarily from the government funds to counter IFIs’ involvement in social protection and the financialisation of social protection funds. This would entail realignment of public funds from defence spending and debt servicing to social protection programmes as well as exit from loan-induced social protection models. Overall, a rights-based social protection prioritises the needs of the marginalised workers over the capitalist interests. In this regard, the states should ensure that its economic development agenda is people-centred and not biased towards the interests of big capitalists that disregard people’s rights, lives, and livelihood.

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[Philippines] Labor group condemns spate of harassment of unionists, labor activists

[Philippines] Labor group condemns spate of harassment of unionists, labor activists | Asian Labour Update | Scoop.it

We condemn the spate of harassment being done by the military on trade unionists and activists. We find this renewed harassment, red baiting and threatening of trade unions based in Metro Manila very alarming

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Mass fainting at Cambodian garment factories renews concerns

Mass fainting at Cambodian garment factories renews concerns | Asian Labour Update | Scoop.it

Nearly 200 Cambodian garment workers have been hospitalised after a new spate of mass fainting at factories this week, officials said Wednesday, renewing concerns about conditions in the kingdom's crucial textile industry.

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ATNC Conference to be held in Bangkok, 22-24 October 2015

ATNC Conference to be held in Bangkok, 22-24 October 2015 | Asian Labour Update | Scoop.it

Save the Date

ATNC Conference

22-24 October 2015

Bangkok, Thailand


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The Neglected Street Vendors of India

The Neglected Street Vendors of India | Asian Labour Update | Scoop.it


"It's a daily fight for survival. Sometimes I feel like just giving it all up and getting back to farming." -- Jignesh, a young street vendor who migrated from Gujarat to New Delhi to provide for his family

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Pakistan: Baba Jan contests election from jail

Pakistan: Baba Jan contests election from jail | Asian Labour Update | Scoop.it

On May 18, Baba Jan was declared the official candidate of the Awami Workers Party (AWP) by the returning officer of Gilgit-Baltistan Legislative Assembly constituency Hunza 6. Baba Jan is in jail serving a life sentence.

This is the first time in the history of the Hunza Valley that a political activist will contest general elections from jail.

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China’s Factory Workers Are Becoming More Restive

China’s Factory Workers Are Becoming More Restive | Asian Labour Update | Scoop.it

Most demands are over unpaid wages, under-paid wages or poor work conditions, due to employers breaching the law. Workers take to the streets only when management and local authorities ignore their grievances. They block roads, forcing authorities to pay attention. In the first quarter of 2015, 11 large factory strikes in Guangdong escalated into violence between workers and police, estimates one Hong Kong NGO.


Unlike workers in other Asian countries such as Cambodia, Indonesia and Bangladesh, Chinese workers had not challenged government policies – targeting the government for an increase in the legal minimum wage or asking to eliminate China’s household registration system that consigns migrant workers to temporary residence in cities and denies them access to public services. They had not demanded a right to set up alternatives to inactive branches of China’s one official trade union run by the government, which normally lets factory managers select union representatives.

 

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Statement of the fact-finding team on the Kentex Factory Fire [Philippines]

Statement of the fact-finding team on the Kentex Factory Fire [Philippines] | Asian Labour Update | Scoop.it

Seventy-two (72) workers, many of whom were women, were burned to death and 20 more are still missing in the biggest factory fire that hit the Philippines – the fire that gutted the factory of Kentex Manufacturing Incorporated last May 13, 2015.  


The tragedy was caused by several violations that include:

  • Mishandling of the chemical Super Seal, which is used as a rubber emulsifier. 
  • Absence of proper labeling and awareness of the nature of the said chemical. 
  • Absence of proper smoke and fire alarm and apparent absence of fire and safety drill among the workers. 
  • Absence of fire exits. 

We demand:

  • Justice for Kentex workers and other victims of OHS Standards violations!
  • Strict Enforcement of Occupational Health and Safety Standards, not Joint Assessment or Self-Regulations!
  • Hold DOLE accountable for the Kentex Tragedy!
  • Penalize and criminalize the violators of Occupational Health and Safety Standards!
  • End impunity of OHS violations in the Philippines!
  • Repeal DO 131-13! Pass Workers SHIELD!
  • Struggle against Contractualization! Workers fight for Wages, Jobs and Rights!


Institute for Occupational Health and Safety Development
Center for Trade Union and Human Rights
Ecumenical Institute for Labor Education and Research
Kilusang Mayo Uno

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Missing Social Security Funds Initiating a New Wave of Labour Movement: Violent suppression intensified (Labour Rights in Hong Kong Enterprises in China 2014-2015)

Missing Social Security Funds Initiating a New Wave of Labour Movement: Violent suppression intensified (Labour Rights in Hong Kong Enterprises in China 2014-2015) | Asian Labour Update | Scoop.it
Release of Investigative Report on Labour Rights in Hong Kong Enterprises in China 2014-2015
AMRC Hong Kong's insight:

A vast number of Hong Kong enterprises have set up factories or established businesses in China. Many of them are suppliers for international brands such as Marks & Spencers, Disney, UNIQLO, etc. Yet, the labour conditions in these enterprises have long been neglected, without an efficient monitoring mechanism.

HKCTU continued to run its “Monitoring Database of Labour Rights in Hong Kong Enterprises” since 2013. The key findings of the Investigative Report as as below:

  1. Nearly 70%, a significant growth of collective labour disputes: Between May 2014 and April 2015, the HKCTU collected 25 cases of documented collective labour actions in Hong Kong enterprises in China. Nearly 90% covered strikes and the rest were large-scale protests. Compared with the previous years, there is a nearly 70% growth of documented collective labour actions. This is related to the Hong Kong management’s refusal to engage in collective bargaining and its unprofessional manner in handling labour conflicts. Workers have no choice but to strike to force employers to negotiate.
  2. Missing social security premiums is the cause of over 55% of the collective labour disputes: Compared with last year (<15%), disputes caused by missing payment of social security have increased significantly. Missing or under-payment of severance pay at relocations, and missing wages are the two other reasons for collective labour actions, accounting for 44% and 40% respectively.
  3. Affecting an estimated 150,000 workers: It is estimated that these 25 cases of collective labour action, affected about 150,000 workers. Since 28 May 2010, the Publicity Department of the Communist Party of China has banned Chinese media from reporting or discussing strikes. Therefore, it is believed that the actual number of strikes is a lot higher than those documented.
  4. Nearly 85% of labour disputes triggered by violations of Labour Contract Law: As shown in these cases, the Hong Kong enterprises often violate multiple labour laws simultaneously. For example, an enterprise might refuse to pay both severance compensation and social security premiums at the same time. The Chinese authorities tend to side with the employers. They avoid responsibility by claiming that workers’ missing pension insurance is outside their administrative jurisdiction. This opens the door for the Hong Kong employers to avoid paying pension insurance for workers indefinitely; For those areas which are not clearly stipulated in the Labour Contract Law, the court gives judgement guidelines to judges, that open another door for the Hong Kong employers to avoid severance compensation.

Download the full report:  http://en.hkctu.org.hk/assets/publications/20150831_Labour_Rights_Violation_Report_Eng.pdf

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150 million Workers on Strike in India Today

150 million Workers on Strike in India Today | Asian Labour Update | Scoop.it

(India) About 150 million workers are on a nationwide strike and essential services like banking and public transport have been hit in many places. There is major impact in West Bengal and cities like Bengaluru, Hyderabad and Thiruvananthapuram.


Here are the latest developments:

  1. Rival parties clashed in many places, including capital Kolkata, in West Bengal, where unions enjoy significant clout. In Kolkata, women activists from the Left were seen being dragged by the police. Banks, shops, and many schools are closed and all public transport is off roads.
  2. The bandh has also impacted Southern states. Around 3,500 government-run buses are not running in Hyderabad and public transport has also been hit in Thiruvananthapuram in Kerala. Schools and colleges are closed in Bengaluru.
  3. Ten major trade unions have called 'Bharat bandh' over the government's pro-business initiatives, after talks with Finance Minister Arun Jaitley broke down.
  4. The unions are demanding that the government dump plans to sell off stake in state-run companies to boost the public purse and to shut down unproductive factories.
  5. They are also opposed to the government's proposed labour reforms expected to diminish the influence of trade unions and make the labour market more flexible.
  6. Many banks have shut their doors for the day all over the country.
  7. Long lines of commuters and school children were seen waiting at bus stops in many cities across the country, including national capital Delhi, while passengers were stranded at airports as taxis and rickshaws stayed off the streets.
  8. Unions like Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh (BMS), which is backed by the ruling BJP, and the National Front of Trade Unions are not participating in the strike.
  9. PM Modi won a landslide election victory last May, promising a string of business-friendly reforms to attract foreign investment and revive the economy. But the opposition has blocked flagship tax and land reforms, aggravating investor concerns, while the unions are increasingly angry over the reforms.
  10. India's economy grew by a slower than expected seven per cent in the first quarter of the financial year and experts say, reforms are needed to create jobs for millions of young people. Previous strikes have shut down cities and cost the Indian economy millions of dollars in lost production.
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Biggest strike ever? 'Bharat Bandh' today, India braces for protest by trade unions

Biggest strike ever? 'Bharat Bandh' today, India braces for protest by trade unions | Asian Labour Update | Scoop.it

As the entire nation braces to bear the brunt of the nationwide 'Bharat Bandh', 2nd September 2015 may witness what the trade unions have called 'the biggest strike in the country ever'.

Turning a deaf year to the central government's appeal to call off the strike, ten central trade unions have decided to go ahead with 'Bharat Bandh' on September 2, protesting against the reforms in labour laws proposed by the government, which they have described as anti-worker economic policy.

The central trade union refused to call off the strike after recent meetings with central ministers did not end satisfactorily. A 12-point charter of demands has been put forth by the trade union leaders.

Normal life may be hit badly with strike disrupting essential services like banking and public transport, and also supply of power, gas and oil.

The strike by 11 trade unions was originally planned for July 11 after talks between Union Labour Minister Bandaru Dattatreyat, however it was postponed for September 2.

In a last moment and rare act, the BJP-backed Bhartiya Mazdoor and National Front of Trade Union withdrew out of nationwide strike.

However, the remaining 10 union trade, that claim a combined membership of 15 crore workers from both public and private sector, including bank and insurance companies have decided to go with nationwide strike after their proposal was failed by Central ministry.

Ten central trade union participating in the nationwide strike are CITU, INTUC, AITUC, Hind Mazdoor Sabha, AIUTUC, TUCC, SEWA, AICCTU, UTUC and LPF.

Labour Minister Bandaru Dattatreya, however, downplayed the impact that would be caused by the strike.

"I don't think essential services will be affected by the strike. I feel that the impact will not be much. I appeal them to call off strike in the interest of workers and nation," Dattatreya told reporters.

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Transport workers threaten 36-hour strike in Chittagong from Aug 26 if missing leader is not found

Transport workers threaten 36-hour strike in Chittagong from Aug 26 if missing leader is not found | Asian Labour Update | Scoop.it
Transport workers say they will go on a 36-hour transport strike in Chittagong from Aug 26 if their missing leader Nurul Islam is not found by then.
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GM's South Korea workers approve wage deal, avoid strike

GM's South Korea workers approve wage deal, avoid strike | Asian Labour Update | Scoop.it

General Motors Co (GM.N) employees in South Korea voted in favor of a wage deal on Thursday, averting a strike for a second consecutive year in a country whose auto sector is renowned for industrial action.

A union spokesman told Reuters that 55 percent of workers approved a tentative deal reached on Monday, under which GM Korea would raise the basic monthly wage by 83,000 won ($71) and pay each worker 10.5 million won in bonuses and incentives.

The deal includes a plan to make next-generation Chevrolet Malibu sedans on a second production line at GM's Bupyeong plant west of the capital Seoul, likely ending speculation of production at the plant being scaled back.

The union earlier this month said members refused to work overtime and staged a partial strike over pay, in action that did not affect production volume.

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“GLOBAL SOLIDARITY ACTION TO SUPPORT ARTIGAS' WORKERS”- Response to Fast Retailing Statement

“GLOBAL SOLIDARITY ACTION TO SUPPORT ARTIGAS' WORKERS”- Response to Fast Retailing Statement | Asian Labour Update | Scoop.it

Taking social responsibilities is not talking without ACTION


Instead of merely issuing statements of concern, we would like to urge Fast Retailing to take a firm stance on ensuring labour rights are being respected in her entire supply chain:

 

1)      Immediate action to solicit and arrange collective negotiation meeting between the management and workers on equal terms, and send representatives to attend the meeting;

2)      Carefully examined the complaints which are put forward by the Artigas workers, conduct an independent investigation, and contact workers directly;

3)      Immediately instruct the management to repay all severance and social security contribution arrears according to law;

4)      Assist to release Wu Weihua from detention.

 

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https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=875600719199663&id=868031946623207&substory_index=0

 
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Call for Papers - Asian Labour Review

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

Asian Labour Review is prepared to provide a forum for a new generation of labour researchers who are willing to work with ground movements and be part of it. We are pleased to offer an outlet to make a stronger network of new generation academics and activists working on Asian labour.

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

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‘The Bottom Up’ International Labour Solidarity: Victims’ Organizing in the Asian Network for the Rights of Occupational and Environmental Victims

The network has membership from similar networks in Europe and US and the Asian network members join the meetings of the European and US counterparts. It has also built systematically into a strong solidarity networks. In the recent Asian network meeting in Bangkok, 2013, ANROEV members proposed the formation of a global grassroots network that would bring tougher the global grassroots movement and make their voice even stronger. In principle, the proposal has agreed both by the European and the US networks, however, to make it truly global it also needs members from Africa and Latin America which would be its next task. At the policy level, there have been many promises made to improve health and safety, starting with a Beijing declaration of “Occupational Safety for all” in 1994 by the World Health Organization. International Labor Organization in 2008,  also makes similar promises in a nicely worded ‘Seoul Declaration’ that “calls for a preventative safety and health culture, which gives the right to a safe and healthy environment and which is respected at all national levels”. However at ground level it seems nothing has changed, despite these wonderful promises.


Two decades after the deadly fires of Kader and Zhili, we have seen even worse fires in Pakistan and Bangladesh. Though these international UN bodies seem to have membership from the sates, yet there is the exclusion of the main beneficiaries in this decision-making process- the victims and the workers who are getting exposed. The complete failure of health and safety at all levels is because of failure of grassroots democracy; the where absence of unions, the working class has almost no representation at any level of the decision-making process. Moreover, the impacted population and the victims, who are marginalized in this process, do not have any democratic space to express themselves. In this regard, the victims organizing and the Asian network play an important role in bringing the voices of the impacted workers to the surface. They have realized the only themselves can change their situation, and all they need is some space, where they can exert and express themselves. The network has helped them in this process by providing them some platform and they are leading what has a potential to become a global solidarity network.

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President Aquino: Ensure Criminal Prosecution of Owners of Kentex, Top gov't Officials Responsible for the Kentex factory fire!

President Aquino: Ensure Criminal Prosecution of Owners of Kentex, Top gov't Officials Responsible for the Kentex factory fire! | Asian Labour Update | Scoop.it

Please sign; lend your solidarity


Justice for Kentex Workers! Ensure criminal prosecution of Kentex factory owners! Discharge from post Sec. Baldoz, Roxas, top officials of DOLE, DILG and BFP! Just compensation to Kentex fire victims and workers! Pass Workers SHIELD Bill!

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Rising worker activism in 'world's workshop' challenges China

Rising worker activism in 'world's workshop' challenges China | Asian Labour Update | Scoop.it

As workers gathered around a table in a cheap restaurant to discuss strike action against their shoe factory bosses, Chinese police barged in and dragged away their leaders.

More than 2,000 employees at the plant -- which counts foreign brands including Coach among its customers, according to workers -- had downed tools, camping out on brightly coloured mats to demand unpaid benefits.

"They burst through the door and told us not to move," a female worker told AFP. Several said police had beaten them, and one woman wore a large bandage covering injuries on her back.

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Stop causing more karoshi with zero overtime pay, people protest against labor deregulations [Japan]

Stop causing more karoshi with zero overtime pay, people protest against labor deregulations [Japan] | Asian Labour Update | Scoop.it

Nearly 2,500 people joined a rally on May 14 in Tokyo to speak against labor deregulations under Abe government that is feared to increase more karoshi. Unionists from across Japan and across different confederations of Japans labor unions--Rengo, Zenroren and Zenrokyoexpressed their concerns and anger over the dispatch law, which is expected to create more casual workers, and lifting eight-hour work restrictions. Deregulating labor standards law and overtime work restrictions is a backward move, TERANISHI Shoko, whose husband committed suicide over 4,000 hours of work a year, spoke. I want the government to aim for zero karoshi rather than zero overtime pay so as never to see another family like us saddened by a loss of family members.

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Industrial Action of CX Flight Attendant Union [Hong Kong)

Industrial Action of CX Flight Attendant Union [Hong Kong) | Asian Labour Update | Scoop.it

Cathay Pacific Flight Attendant Union (FAU) is affiliated with HKCTU, and ITF. On May 19 2015, it held EGM to decide on two motions: 1) to agree the Airport Sit in and 2) authorize ExCo to escalate further industrial action if needed. The EGM of FAU was attended by more than 600 members and the two motions were adopted. A Marathon Sit In began after EGM and bus will be arrange for Members to proceed to the HK airport.

 

According to the FAU, Cathay Pacific Airways has been named Caring Company for 13th consecutive years by the Hong Kong Council of Social Service (HKCSS).  However, what’s behind the scene is absolutely on the contrary - i.e. endless dictatorship and oppression.  Below are some recent examples:

 

1. 11% discrepancy of salary increment for Cabin Crew who have their contract renewal in the same month, under the same employment condition.

2. Disregarded her own laid down policy and the agreement signed with the Union in calculating the outport meal allowance.

3. Removal of full coverage in legal support to Cabin Crew when handling unruly passengers.

 

FAU is calling for public support for their demands and collecting signature to their petition: https://goo.gl/uB1lDS  

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