Sussex Anthropology Blog, Sri Lanka, 18 May 2016 - Last Sunday, the headline screamed: “Exposed: Sweatshop ‘Slaves’ Earning Just 44p an Hour Making ‘Empowering’ Beyoncé Clobber.” British tabloid newspaper The Sun claimed that Beyoncé Knowles’ activewear clothing line, Ivy Park (with Topshop), was made in Sri Lankan sweatshops, where workers earn just £4.30 ($6.19) a day.
Hong kong Free Press, China, 10 Dec 2015 - More than a hundred people gathered at the Western District Police Station in Sai Ying Pun on Wednesday morning, International Human Rights Day, to protest against the repressive moves taken against labour rights NGOs in Guangdong since the beginning of December.
South China Morning Post, 7 Dec 2015 - At least three have been held as the authorities keep a wary eye on growing labour tensions amid economic slowdown
GlobalTimes, China, 2 Dec 2015 - A butcher who wants to run for union leader at a Walmart store in Shenzhen finds himself at a disadvantage as he challenges his employer and China's unsupportive union system. While national reform of China's only officially-recognized union will happen soon, currently workers who want to engage in collective bargaining can only count on NGOs and self-support groups to defend their labor rights.
HuffingtonPost, Myanmar, 1 Dec 2015 - In meetings with more than 100 rank-and-file workers and union leaders from Burma's factories and fields the week after that country's momentous elections, the mood was one of wary optimism. It was clear that labor voted overwhelmingly for the National League for Democracy (NLD) and the leadership of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi. They did so as companies around Yangon and in the growing industrial zones of Bago, two hours to the north, had become increasingly belligerent toward workers, particularly those attempting to organize unions to improve their workplaces and protect their rights. Not surprisingly, citizens throughout Burma voted for change. And workers and their unions are pretty clear about what kind of change they expect.
The PhnomPenhPost, 30 Nov 2015 - More than 70 workers from a Korean-owned massage centre in the tourist hub of Siem Reap protested in front of their workplace yesterday, demanding a basic wage of $177 per month and a $100 yearly health bonus.
The Jakarta Post, Indonesia, 26 Nov 2015 - Thousands of laborers demonstrated on Thursday in front of City Hall on Jl. Medan Merdeka Selatan, Central Jakarta, demanding that Jakarta Governor Basuki “Ahok” Tjahaja Purnama make the Jakarta minimum wage (UPM) the highest of any region in Java.
Voice of America, Vietnam, 24 Nov 2015 - A Vietnamese labor activist has accused authorities of beating and detaining her after she talked with fired workers in southern Long An province.
HindustanTimes, India, 23 Nov 2015 - The Haryana government’s recent decision to hike minimum wages of factory workers has turned to be a bane for several industries in Gurgaon that are on a cost-cutting spree.
IndianExpress, India, 22 Nov 2015 - 25 deaths at Bagrakote tea garden in North Bengal since April got CM Mamata Banerjee to tour the region, announce a package and take action against the owners. That’s 13 years too late for many in the tea country, where hunger and deaths set in a while ago.
Bloomberg, Japan, 20 Nov 2015 - Japan’s top labor-union association plans to seek base wage increases of around 2 percent for the next fiscal year, dialing back its pay ambitions after the nation entered its second recession since Prime Minister Shinzo Abe took office in 2012.
SolidarityCenter, Bangladesh, 19 Nov 2015 - Bilkish Begum says she and other workers at a garment factory in Bangladesh could not discuss implementing fire safety measures with their employer—even after the deadly blaze at Tazreen Fashions factory killed 112 workers three years ago next week. Only when they formed a union, which provides workers with protection against retaliation for seeking to improve their workplace conditions, could they take steps to help ensure their safety.
The Himalayan Times, Nepal, 19 Nov 2015 - Women sex workers in Pokhara have asked the government to provide them a secured environment for continuity of their works as they do not have any other alternate for earning.
tuoitrenews.vn, Vietnam, 14 Nov 2015 - Nearly 1,000 workers at a Japanese-owned company in the north-central province of Nghe An went on strike on Friday, asking for multiple issues, including holiday bonus payment and overtime work reduction.
Khmer Times, Cambodia, 11 Nov 2015 - Over 1,000 garment workers descended on the Labor Ministry headquarters yesterday calling for help in getting their jobs back after striking for over half a month and being fired on Tuesday.