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Cambodian Police Beat Eviction Protesters

Cambodian police have beaten demonstrators who were marching toward the prime minister's house to protest being evicted from their homes. The violent confrontation is a reminder that land grabbing remains a contentious issue in this election year. Nearly 100 protesters, mostly women, marched Wednesday to Prime Minister Hun Sen's home in the middle of Phnom Penh to petition him to provide land they claim was promised them when they were evicted from their homes in the capital's Boueng Kak lake area to make way for a luxury real estate development. About 100 police began beating demonstrators when they tried to push through their lines. At least two protesters were injured, with apparent broken limbs. At least four others fell unconscious.
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[Malaysia] Striking workers torch factory building

[Malaysia] Striking workers torch factory building | Asian Labour Update | Scoop.it
Some 800 workers of a factory set fire to the building Tuesday night after they had stoned their employers office and burned down a car earlier in the day.The workers, mostly from Nepal, set the electronics manufacturing plant in the Kelapa Sawit Industrial Area on fire around 8pm.
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[Bangladesh] Tuba workers still wait for arrears

[Bangladesh] Tuba workers still wait for arrears | Asian Labour Update | Scoop.it
Tuba Group's 1,600 workers did not get three months' arrears and festival bonus even yesterday, pushing some to observe hunger strike for four days straight in a bid to drive their demands...
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Freedom of Association under Siege: the Predicaments of China’s Labour NGOs

Freedom of Association under Siege: the Predicaments of China’s Labour NGOs | Asian Labour Update | Scoop.it

In China, the state-sponsored All-China Federation of Trade Unions (ACFTU) enjoys a monopolistic status and pre-empts the establishment of any autonomous or independent workers’ unions. Most workers view ACFTU as a part of the Government or management machinery. Although they claim to have a membership of 200 million workers, the biggest union in the world, they seldom flex its muscles in defending workers’ rights, mobilizes them in industrial action. In fact, most of its officers are not directly elected, but are appointed by the authorities or the management. As resulted, labour NGOs proliferate to act on behalf of the workers, especially the migrant labours in the developed coastal area while after China has opened its market, there are more and more migrant workers without protection and facing a lots hardship in their life. Being perceived as threats to their interests, the labour NGOs are coerced by both the state and private entities, even the ACFTU. .


Read the full paper at: http://amrc.org.hk/node/1377

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Petition: Stop Victimizing and Repressing Paharpur Workers and Respect Labour Rights!

Petition: Stop Victimizing and Repressing Paharpur Workers and Respect Labour Rights! | Asian Labour Update | Scoop.it

Please sign the petition and help circulating it

 

https://www.change.org/petitions/ms-mamta-banarjee-stop-victimizing-and-repressing-paharpur-workers-and-respect-labour-rights

 

The long Years of Sufferings of Paharpur Workers in India and the Current Deadlock

 

To:

Chief Minister, Govt of West Bengal, India

Labour Minister Govt. of West Bengal, India

 

Stop Victimizing and Repressing Paharpur Workers and Respect Labour Rights!

 

Sincerely,

[Your name]

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Legal Resources Handbook on Occupational Safety and Health

Legal Resources Handbook on Occupational Safety and Health | Asian Labour Update | Scoop.it

The OSH Legal Resources Handbook is intended to serve as a practical reference handbook for those legal practitioners and activists involved in the struggle to seek compensation and justice for victims of occupational injuries and diseases. It aims to be a hands-on manual and provide an overview of the working of the law and its implementation. It is supplemented with case studies that give the reader an insight into the working of the laws in the region. It will also serve as a tool to aid cross-border alliances and build strong solidarity among victims’ support groups across the region.

 

This practical handbook has country reports from 10 countries: From South Asia, Bangladesh, Pakistan and India; from East Asia: China, Japan, and Hong Kong; and from Southeast Asia: Cambodia, Indonesia, the Philippines and Thailand. Each chapter focuses on a single country and reports on actual cases/ incidents in terms of the existing structures and mechanisms, showing the core of the system and how it works and elucidating the requirements and challenges facing  a worker or victim seeking compensation. Many of these cases clearly demonstrate the issues and obstacles encountered by the worker, and some strategies and interventions used by legal practitioners to assist the victims.

AMRC will update the information in this handbook periodically with the aim of providing a more powerful tool to the network and to other workers and victims in the Asia region.

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Workers hide in forest to avoid hard labor at Vietnam farms

Workers hide in forest to avoid hard labor at Vietnam farms | Asian Labour Update | Scoop.it

Being cheated and ‘sold’ to farm employers in remote areas of Vietnam’s Central Highlands province of Lam Dong, workers are left with only two options, either hiding in the forest to flee from labor exploitation or stretching their backs to work.

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Sacked factory workers protest outside South Korean embassy in Yangon, Myanmar

Sacked factory workers protest outside South Korean embassy in Yangon, Myanmar | Asian Labour Update | Scoop.it
More than 800 people protested outside the South Korean embassy in Yangon on July 17 over the closure of a shoe factory in Hlaing Tharyar Township owned by a South Korean company.
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Samsung finds China 'child labour'

Samsung finds China 'child labour' | Asian Labour Update | Scoop.it
Samsung Electronics says it has found "evidence of suspected child labour" at the factory of its Chinese supplier Dongguan Shinyang Electronics.
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[Korea] Health unions strike and rally against health privatisation

[Korea] Health unions strike and rally against health privatisation | Asian Labour Update | Scoop.it

Korea health unions KHMU and KPTU-HealthSol held a strike from 24-30 June, and protest rallies on 27 and 28 June after the Korean government's announcement to allow for deregulation and privatisation of the health services in the country.

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Cambodian Migrant Workers Pay for Thai Documentation Scramble

Cambodian Migrant Workers Pay for Thai Documentation Scramble | Asian Labour Update | Scoop.it

Last week a reported 220,000 Cambodian migrants hastily returned from Thailand in fear of a crackdown against undocumented workers, creating a migration crisis. The Cambodian government, United Nations and NGOs quickly mobilized to feed and transport them to their home towns.

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[Video] The Fashion Victims of Cambodia

[Video] The Fashion Victims of Cambodia | Asian Labour Update | Scoop.it
Rebecca Henschke reports on garment workers killed by riot police when striking for pay rise

 

Ken Loo from the Garment Manufacturers Association in Cambodia:

“Investors are here to make money. Investors are not here for charity. Investors are not here because of good compliance. Investors are here because we need to make money. So if we make money, we continue to stay here. If we don't, then very naturally they need to start to look at leaving. And they will.”

 

Henschke (Journalist): “Where, really, could they go?”

 

Ken Loo: “It's not a question of where really could they go. Now, the Vietnam has a higher minimum wage, yes, but only slightly higher. But their productivity is much higher. You know. And Indonesia, although, yeah, it's got a ridiculously high minimum wage, but really if you want productivity adjusted, unit costs per output is probably on par with Cambodia.”

 

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Fact finding report:

http://amrc.org.hk/node/1363

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Protesting Adidas in Hong Kong, 20 June 2014

[video] More than 40 protestors from Hong Kong and Indonesia gathered in front of the Adidas Office in Hong Kong to show solidarity to the workers in China and Indonesia. They are the Chinese workers in disputes with Dongguan Yue Yuen and Guangzhou Dynamic Casting, and the 1300 Indonesia workers from PDK who were unfairly dismissed in 2012. Among these factories, there is one thing in common: they are all producing for the international footwear giant Adidas.
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[video] Protesting Hong Kong Chambers of Commerce

Labour Groups in Hong Kong Protesting the Chambers of Commerce Regarding the Regulations of Collective Contracts of Enterprises In Guangdong Province, China. 6 June 2014.
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Tuba workers to get July wage tomorrow

Tuba workers to get July wage tomorrow | Asian Labour Update | Scoop.it

On July 28, workers of five factories owned by Tuba Group in Bangladesh went on a hunger strike for the outstanding payments of more than Tk 4.14 crore. After several negotiations, the owner of the Group, Delwar Hossain, has agreed to pay the arrears. Around Tk 1.25 crore will be distributed among the workers.


"Even the wages of thousands workers are so little compare to employers' profits, they continuously count labour rights so little and see everything as commodity." 

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The secret war on Asia’s workers

The secret war on Asia’s workers | Asian Labour Update | Scoop.it

When everything is a commodity, labour rights count little


There’s a war going on in Asia – and it’s one that, unlike ISIS in Iraq or the chaos in Syria, is failing to make the headlines. It’s the war on workers that is taking place across much of the continent, according to the Director of the Asia Monitor Resources Center in Hong Kong, Sanjiv Pandita.


The geographer David Harvey has termed this process ‘accumulation by dispossession’. Across the continent, workers are being forced off their land to make way for plantations, mining, or even real estate. They’re resisting – but employers and police are using the age-old methods of repression.


- See more at: http://newint.org/features/web-exclusive/2014/07/11/asia-workers-rights/#sthash.T4EWg4Ez.dpuf

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China reforms hukou system to improve migrant workers' rights

China reforms hukou system to improve migrant workers' rights | Asian Labour Update | Scoop.it
China reforms hukou system to improve migrant workers' rights: Removal of distinction between urban and rural residents should help migrant workers access services and social welfare.
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China Moves to Ease Home-Registration Rules in Urbanization Push

China Moves to Ease Home-Registration Rules in Urbanization Push | Asian Labour Update | Scoop.it
China issued proposals to break down barriers between rural and urban residents that have long been seen as reinforcing inequality and hampering economic growth.
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New Indonesian President Jokowi must engage with trade union movement

New Indonesian President Jokowi must engage with trade union movement | Asian Labour Update | Scoop.it

The election is over and Indonesia’s people have spoken. They have chosen a small-town businessman over the elite as their next president: Jokowi. Jokowi has promised that workers will be more prosperous under his presidency. But his role in the 2014 Jakarta minimum wage negotiations sent a different message. In a year where there was over 8 percent inflation, a wage rise of 10 percent didn’t account for much. Workers might have won a big increase in the previous year, but Rp 2,441,000 (US$212) per month is hardly generous in a city like Jakarta. 

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For more than 4 years in jail, a young Vietnamese labour activist was released

For more than 4 years in jail, a young Vietnamese labour activist was released | Asian Labour Update | Scoop.it

Do Thi Minh Hanh, a young Vietnamese labor activist, was released from prison on June 27 after serving four years of a seven-year sentence for leafleting in support of footwear workers striking for better working conditions and higher wages. During her imprisonment, she suffered repeated beatings at the hands of prison guards and other inmates.

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Worker Activism after Reformasi 1998: A New Phase for Indonesian Unions?

Worker Activism after Reformasi 1998: A New Phase for Indonesian Unions? | Asian Labour Update | Scoop.it

This book intends to bring together discussions on the progress and current state of Indonesian labour movement after the collapse of the Suharto's New Order regime in May 1998 that brought up the Reformasi. In the context of state-labour relationship, it allows more rooms for workers to organise and join into unions. However, it has also delivered neo-liberal challenges for workers’ collective efforts to defend their economic interests in the workplace.

 

The changes and challenges of Reformasi, however, do not prevent Indonesian labour to adapt, struggle and develop strategies to maintain its independent organisations. Although under the pressure of the market in globalisation and the constant control of the state, labour is crafting its paths - with trials and errors in some parts of the way, to defend members' interests. With these persistent efforts, we are witness the formation of independent and mature labour movement in Indonesia. 

 

Edited by Jafar Suryomenggolo; Contributors: Benny Hari Juliawan; Surya Tjandra; R. Herlambang Perdana Wiratraman; Abu Mufakhir; Rita Olivia Tambunan


Download the book: http://amrc.org.hk/node/1370

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Samsung Electronics Domestic Supply Chain and Workforce in South Korea

Samsung Electronics Domestic Supply Chain and Workforce in South Korea | Asian Labour Update | Scoop.it

In light of the recent tentative agreement achieved by Samsung Electronics Service Workers after a 41 day strike and two recent films that depict the devastating impact of Samsung’s factory conditions, KPI is re-publishing this report on the Samsung Electronics industry and its treatment of workers, written by members of the Research Institute for Alternative Workers’ Movements in South Korea.   Please note that the workers who were on strike this May and June were subcontracted after this article was written; the workers described in this article remain unorganized.

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Workers Who Make Your iPhone Possible Are Fighting Labor Abuse in the Philippines With Selfies and Hashtags

Workers Who Make Your iPhone Possible Are Fighting Labor Abuse in the Philippines With Selfies and Hashtags | Asian Labour Update | Scoop.it

The #bringbacknxp24 campaign on social media, which demands fair pay and regular employment, has received support from around the world.

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The first Collective Labour Agreement in Samsung for the past 76 years

The first Collective Labour Agreement in Samsung for the past 76 years | Asian Labour Update | Scoop.it

On June 30, 2014 Samsung Service Trade union won the battle as the negotiation on the collective agreement between the union and Samsung was concluded. It is the first collective labour agreement in Samsung for the past 76 years! Thanks for the struggle and solidarity of the workers! 

 

More news to come!

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Global Day of Action calling on NXP Semiconductors to bring back the 24 union leaders

Global Day of Action calling on NXP Semiconductors  to bring back the 24 union leaders | Asian Labour Update | Scoop.it

Dear Comrades,

Please support the Global Day of Action on July 2 calling on the giant electronics company NXP Semiconductors to bring back the 24 union leaders in its plant in the Philippines whom it laid off while negotiations for a collective bargaining agreement were taking place. 
The Global Day of Action aims to highlight the condition of the NXP workers in the Philippines and of workers in export-processing zones in the Philippines and other countries. 
Attached is a fact sheet about NXP workers’ fight.

Things you can do:
1) Share this video in e-mails, social networking sites and even meetings and assemblies.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s22pkvDfbEQ

2) Sign this petition.

http://www.change.org/ph/mga-petisyon/bring-back-the-24-laid-off-workers-resume-negotiations-for-a-cba-in-nxp
(Please also support the social media action and petition initiated by different organizations.)

3) Write a solidarity statement. Please send to kmu.intl@gmail.com
(for workers in export-processing zones) Share your own experience with the workers of NXP. 

4) Conduct a solidarity action in your workplace (example: hold a placard or wear an armband) calling NXP to bring back the 24 workers laid off and expressing support for all workers in free trade zones or EPZs in fighting for their rights. Have this photographed so it can be shared in social networking sites. 

Thank you.

In solidarity,Elmer Labog

Chairperson

Kilusang Mayo Uno (KMU)

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The Oppressed Song of Adidas Workers in Indonesia

The dismissed Adidas workers in Indonesia sing a song of the oppressed workers. They demand Adidas to be responsible to pay the wages of 1,300 workers who have been unfairly dismissed in July 2012. 

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