EastAsiaForum, Vietnam, 17 Oct 2015 - In September 2015, the National Wage Council (NWC) of Vietnam proposed an increase of 12.4 per cent to the minimum wage in 2016. The key parties — representatives of business in the Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI) and the state-sanctioned national union of workers, the Vietnam General Confederation of Labour (VGCL) — finally reached a consensus after two stalled meetings. The process, after all, is within the state’s annual schedule and hardly goes with any substantive changes to labour market institutions.
Business Times, 13 Oct 2015 - Indonesia will revise the way minimum wages are calculated and aims to make it easier for skilled foreigners to get work permits as part of moves to stimulate economic activity, an official in the presidential palace said on Tuesday.
CleanClothes, Global, 12 Oct 2015 - On the first day of the Living Wage Forum in Brussels, bringing together workers, labour leaders, academics and members of the CCC global Network, the right to a living wage was confirmed as a human right. At the forum, organised by Clean Clothes Campaign and held between 12 and 14 October, more than 200 workers, brands, policy makers and campaigners come together to commit to implement a living wage for all garment workers.
The Hindu, India, 11 Oct 2015 - The latest International Monetary Fund report has warned of a global slowdown of economic growth to 3.1 per cent, even though countries such as India and China have been projected as doing relatively better when compared to other advanced economies. Given this global context, International Labour Organisation’s Deputy Director General (Policy) Sandra Polaski told The Hindu that increasing wages through state intervention will be the way forward for India to protect its workers and also shield its economy from the ripple effects of slow growth globally.
The Express Tribune, Pakistan, 10 Oct 2015 - As the world celebrated Decent Work Day on October 7, a new survey revealed urgent need for countries including Pakistan to implement and uphold existing laws to address labour issues.
GEFONT, Nepal, 8 Oct 2015 - GEFONT Trade Union Policy Institute (TUPI) organised an interaction program “ Promotion of Readymade clothes industry for Decent Work Creation” marking the World Day for Decent Work (WDDW)./Delegates from Labour and Employment Ministry, Labour Department, Readymade clothes industries’ organization, Nepal Chamber of Commerce and Industries ( FNCCI) and trade union confederations attended the program.
The Japan Times, 5 Oct 2015 - The average monthly pay among workers in Japan in August rose 0.5 percent from a year earlier to ¥272,382 ($2,270), up for the second consecutive month, the Health, Labor and Welfare Ministry said in a preliminary report on Monday.
Dawn, Pakistan, 4 Oct 2015 - The All Pakistan Wapda Hydro Electric Workers Union on Saturday announced holding a countrywide protest on Oct 7 against the proposed privatisation of the Faisalabad Electric Supply Company (Fesco).
The CambodiaDaily, Cambodia, 3 Oct 2015 - As negotiations over a new minimum wage for the garment sector continued on Friday, union representatives agreed to temper their demands in exchange for concessions from manufacturers.
The PhnompenhPost, Cambodia, 3 Oct 2015 - In June, William Conklin was appointed country director of the NGO Solidarity Center, which works to build consensus and capacity among Cambodia’s unions, provides legal support for union leaders and is lobbying the government to institute a national minimum wage across all industries. With the country’s garment unions this week announcing they would seek an industry minimum $168 per month in this year’s annual wage negotiations – significantly more than the industry is willing to agree to – Audrey Wilson spoke to Conklin about the potential outcomes as well as the need for industry accountability
Sunstar, The Philippines, 2 Oct 2015 - Workers of Yokohama Tire Philippines, Incorporated (YTPI) recently organized and filed a petition for the right to create labor unions for the rank and file and supervisory personnel of the country’s biggest Japanese tire company located in Clark Freeport.
The PhnomPenhPost, Cambodia, 30 Sep 2015 - The Short-sightedness, weak adherence to the law and poor working conditions in Cambodia’s garment sector are creating a fertile field for strikes to prevail over negotiations, a recent study released by the Arbitration Council Foundation, an independent labour mediator, has found.
China Labour Bulletin, China 30 Sep 2015 - The Longmay Mining Group, the largest coal mining company in northeast China, will lay off 100,000 employees, about 40 percent of its current workforce, over the next three months, company chairman Wang Zhikui announced last week.
Japan Times, 27 Sep 2015 - Eight years ago, a TV drama about temporary workers generated a great deal of excitement around Japan. In “Haken no Hinkaku” (“Dignity of a Temp”), model-actress-singer Ryoko Shinohara played Haruko Omae, a “super-temp” who masterfully tackled the myriad troubles that arose in her ¥3,000-an-hour job. Unshakable, aloof and playing by her own rules, she performed better than any of the regular employees, refused all overtime and off-the-clock socialization, and shunned flattery and fake smiles to boot.
BangkokPost, Cambodia, 25 Sep 2015 - Negotiations on raising the minimum wage for hundreds of thousands of workers in Cambodia's vital garment sector were set to begin in the capital Friday.