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Workers' struggles in Asia (June 2010)

Summary and links to news stories of workers' struggles around East Asia (excluding China) during June, and also some from the Indian Subcontinent that I came across whilst searching. I now have a Twitter feed where I will be posting the stories I find, so if you don't want to wait until the end of the month to read them or would like to write up some of these for libcom news when they happen rather, please follow it: http://twitter.com/spartacusnews

libcom articles

Sleepless nights for bosses in the Bangladeshi garment sector
Strikes at Air India to continue despite sackings

WSWS: Workers' Struggles in Asia Summaries

28th of June ( http://www.wsws.org/articles/2010/jun2010/wkrs-j26.shtml )
19th of June ( http://bit.ly/dAA2si )

Workers' struggles in China (June 2010)

Summaries and links to news reports of workers' struggles around China during June. I now have a Twitter feed where I will be posting the stories I find, so if you don't want to wait until the end of the month to read them or would like to write up some of these for libcom news when they happen , please follow it: http://twitter.com/spartacusnews .

This month the strike wave that started in May has continued, as has the governments relatively hands-off, even supprtive approach, and the western media's confused approach. Some think it's a good thing as it will help China switch to a domestically orientated economy, saving the world economy and magically bringing democracy to China a la Solidarinosc.

Workers' struggles in China (May 2010)

Summaries and links to news reports of workers' struggles around China during May. I now have a Twitter feed where I will be posting the stories I find, so if you don't want to wait until the end of the month to read them or would like to write up some of these for libcom news when they happen rather, please follow it: http://twitter.com/spartacusnews

libcom articles

In case you missed them, here are the articles that appeared on libcom relating to China this month.

Strike shuts Chinese Honda plants
Let's not forget the imprisoned workers in China

Workers' struggles in Asia (May 2010)

Summary and links to news stories of workers' struggles around East Asia (excluding China) during May. I now have a Twitter feed where I will be posting the stories I find, so if you don't want to wait until the end of the month to read them or would like to write up some of these for libcom news when they happen rather, please follow it: http://twitter.com/spartacusnews

libcom articles

In case you missed them, here are the articles that appeared on libcom relating to Asia this month.
Wildcat strike at Japanese electronics firm in Vietnam

Workers' struggles in China (April 2010 Part 2)

Summaries and links to news reports of workers' struggles around China from the 16th of April. Ed has written some of these up, so I've included links to his articles in case you missed them and links to any further reports that followed up on those incidents.

16th: Three internet activists jailed in China; hundreds protest courthouse
19th: Laid-off bank workers protest in Beijing

Workers' struggles in Asia (April 2010 Part 2)

Summary and links to news stories of workers' struggles around East Asia (excluding China) from the 16th of April. Ed has written some of these up, so I've included links to his articles in case you missed them and links to any further reports that followed up on those incidents.

Cambodia

20th: Security guards in Siem Reap demand unpaid wages:
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/index.php/2010042037630/National-news/siem-reap-security-guards-demand-late-salaries.html
27th: Residents protest planned evictions around a lake.
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/index.php/2010042738162/National-news/lake-plan-prompts-protest.html

Indonesia

Workers' struggles in China (April 2010 Part 1)

Summaries and links to news reports of workers' struggles around China up to the 15th of April.

8th: A man threw a bottle of ink at the famous portrait of Mao in Tiananmen Square, in an echo of the famous attack during the events of 1989.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/7565768/Chinese-protestor-throws-ink-at-portrait-of-Chairman-Mao.html
http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/news/peterfoster/100033058/an-incident-in-tiananmen/

Workers' struggles in Asia (April 2010 Part 1)

Summary and links to news stories of workers' struggles around East Asia (excluding China) up to the 15th of April.

Cambodia

4th: In another protest over land grabs, 10 villagers were arrested after 400 blocked a highway.
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/index.php/2010040536860/National-news/ten-demonstrators-arrested.html

Indonesia

The uprising in Kyrgyzstan

Some articles on current events in Kyrgyzstan.

While I normally concentrate on East Asia, I'm sure I'm not alone in being interested in events in Kyrgyzstan at the moment. I don't have the time or knowledge to write up a proper account, and so far I have been relying on mainstream media accounts of what is happening.

Workers' struggles in China (March 2010 Part 2)

Summaries and links to news reports of workers' struggles around China from the 16th to the 31st of March.

17th: The artists who marched almost to Tiananmen recently have received compensation for being evicted.
http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5h3ESaVO4JUbtmvG7e4sH5IX3mLpw

19th: Another interesting article about the "ant tribe" and the anger the planned demolition of one of the slums they live in in Beijing might spark anger.

Workers' struggles in Asia (March 2010 Part 2)

Summary and links to news stories of workers' struggles around Asia (excluding China) from the 16th to the 31st of March.

Cambodia

18th: Villagers clashed with police attempting to evict them from their homes after a court ruling.
http://www.businessweek.com/ap/financialnews/D9EH5U701.htm
19th: Another protest over land seizures, this time involving burning of buildings on a sugar plantation and a rally of 1000 villagers.

Workers' struggles in China (March 2010 Part 1)

Summaries and links to news reports of workers' struggles around China in the first half of March up to the 15th.

1st: Dissidents and petitioners in China are facing increased pressure from authorities in the run up to a parliamentary session.
http://www.rfa.org/english/news/china/meeting-03012010141352.html
http://www.theepochtimes.com/n2/content/view/30790/
http://www.speroforum.com/site/article.asp?id=28931&t=China%3A+++Beijing%2C+the+list+of+arrests+and+convictions+for+the+NPC

Workers' struggles in Asia (March 2010 Part 1)

Summary and links to news stories of workers' struggles around Asia (excluding China) in the first half of March up to the 15th.

Cambodia

2nd: Several protests over land seizures.
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/index.php/2010030533113/National-news/mondulkiri-villagers-to-blame-over-land-row-chief.html
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/index.php/2010030232925/National-news/takhmao-protest-pre-empted.html

Workers' struggles in Asia (February 2010 Part 2)

Summary and links to news stories of workers' struggles around Asia (excluding mainland China and Hong Kong) in February from the 11th to the 28th.

Sorted by country in alphabetical order.

Indonesia

14th: Activist demand prtoection for domestic workers.
http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2010/02/14/activists-demand-domestic-worker-law.html
23rd: Teachers strike in Central Java.
http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2010/02/23/teachers-strike-central-java-regency.html

Myanmar:

Workers' struggles in China (February 2010 Part 2)

Summaries and links to news reports of workers' struggles around China (now including Hong Kong) from the 10th to 28th of February.

18th: Article on the "Ant Tribe", underemployed graduates in China's cities.
http://chinadigitaltimes.net/2010/02/a-million-frustrated-graduates-swarm-squalid-colonies-posing-a-social-quandary/

21st: Update and petition for Liu Hanhuang, a worker sentenced to death after killing two managers in a fight after his employers refused to pay compensation for an injury at work.

Workers' struggles in China (February 2010 Part 1)

Summaries and links to news reports of workers' struggles around China (now including Hong Kong) up to the 10th of February.

3rd: Article on land grabs.
http://www.thestar.com/news/world/china/article/759704--peasant-blood-runs-in-china-land-grab

5th: The government warns employers to pay migrant workers before the Chinese New Year, saying officials responsible for mass incidents would be punished.
http://www.theepochtimes.com/n2/content/view/29156/
http://chinaworker.info/en/content/news/972/

Workers' struggles in Asia (February 2010 Part 1)

Summary and links to news stories of workers' struggles around Asia (excluding mainland China and Hong Kong) in February up to the 10th.

Sorted by country in alphabetical order.

Cambodia

8th: Villagers protest against electricity rate hikes.
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/index.php/2010020831737/National-news/villagers-threaten-to-continue-protests-against-electricity-rates.html
10th: Tv workers to strike.
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/index.php/2010021031859/National-news/apsara-tv-staff-to-strike.html

Workers' struggles in China (January 2010 Part 2)

Summaries and links to news reports of workers' struggles around China (now including Hong Kong) in the last half of January.

Listed by date, most recent first.

Article in Chinese magazine urging collective bargaining.
http://www.clb.org.hk/en/node/100649

28th:

Staff at a Panasonic factory in Beijing are demonstrating to demand better severance pay.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/bizchina/2010-01/28/content_9390550.htm

26th:

Workers' struggles in Asia (January 2010 Part 2)

Summary and links to news stories of workers' struggles around Asia (excluding mainland China and Hong Kong) in the last half of January.

Sorted by country in alphabetical order.

Cambodia

25th: A union plans demonstrations and strikes over the murder of one of their leaders was killed.
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/index.php/2010012531034/National-news/chea-mony-strike-must-follow-the-law-ministry.html
http://www.etaiwannews.com/etn/news_content.php?id=1162315&lang=eng_news

Workers' struggles in Asia (January 2010)

Summary and links to news stories of workers' struggles around Asia (exluding mainland China) in the first month of the decade (as of the 16th of January).

Sorted by country in alphabetical order.

Cambodia

Workers at a shoe factory walk out over sacking of union officials.
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/index.php/2010011430831/National-news/workers-at-shoe-factory-pledge-to-extend-protest-against-firings.html
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/index.php/2010011530872/National-news/shoe-factory-protesters-turn-up-heat.html

Hong Kong