Workers' struggles in East Asia (August 2012)

Workers strike at an automotive parts factory in Wuhan, China

Summary and links to news stories of workers' struggles around East Asia during August 2012 and related resources. The most important stories appear on my Twitter feed as soon as I find them: http://twitter.com/spartacusnews.

This month there has been news from Burma/Myanmar, Cambodia, China, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, and Vietnam.

Starting this month I have also started adding information about struggles outside of East Asia that I come across - I haven't filtered these as much or attempted to refine them into categories as I have started to do with the ones in the summary, but they might be a starting point for others. Though the design of the page is still pretty basic, you can view them here. If anyone would like to compile similar summaries for other regions using that website, get in touch. It is still very much in development though...

The most important stories:

Cambodia 6: Strike over wages and sackings at Taiyang and Camwell garment factories in Kandal Province (link 1) (link 2)
Cambodia 6: Strike over dismissal of worker and benefits at Xin Lan garment factory in Kandal Province (link 1)
Cambodia 29: Strike and occupation over sexual harassment and wages at Ocean garment factory in Phnom Penh (link 1) (link 2) (link 3) (link 4) (link 5) (link 6)
China 2: Strike and protest over wages and layoffs at CIMIC ceramics in Shanghai (link 1) (link 2) (link 3) (link 4)
China 5: Strike over unpaid wages at shoe factory in Huzhou, Zhejiang Province (link 1)
China 8: Strike over wages and corruption by oil workers at Sinopec in Henan Province (link 1)
China 9: Strike and protest over wages in Shenzhen, Guangdong Province (link 1) (link 2)
China 24: Strike over wages at Youde auto parts factory in Wuhan, Hubei Province (link 1) (link 2) (link 3)
China 25: Strike of working conditions at electronics factory in Shenzhen, Guangdong Province (link 1) (link 2) (link 3)
China 27: Protest over unpaid wages by tourist workers and children in Dali, Yunnan Province (link 1) (link 2) (link 3)
China 28: Strike at Mingde Heavy Industries shipbuilding company in Nantong, Jiangsu (link 1) (link 2)
China 30: Strikes in South (link 1)
Indonesia 4: Strike over wages and conditions at Adidas supplier PT Panarub Dwikarya in Tangerang, Jakarta (link 1) (link 2) (link 3) (link 4) (link 5)
Indonesia 15: Strike for bonus bonus at BRT by bus workers in Jakarta (link 1)
Indonesia 30: Strike against outsourcing at cable and wire factory PT Ho Wah Genting in Batam, Riau Islands (link 1) (link 2) (link 3)
Malaysia 9: Strike over wages and accomodation at Honsin Apparel Sdn Bhd garment factory in Batu Pahat, Jahor State (link 1)
Philippines 24: Strike over redundancies by PUP janitors in Manila successful (link 1)
Philippines 29: Strike over right to organise at Philsteel in Laguna, Southern Tagalog (link 1)
South Korea 5: Protest against lockout at SJM car parts factory in Ansan (link 1) (link 2)
South Korea 8: Strike over wages and night-shift at Hyundai and Kia (link 1) (link 2) (link 3) (link 4) (link 5) (link 6) (link 7) (link 8) (link 9) (link 10) (link 11) (link 12)
South Korea 16: Strike over wages at Kumho Tire (link 1) (link 2)
South Korea 17: Strike over wages at GM (link 1) (link 2) (link 3)

All reports ordered by country and date:

-WSWS Asia

4: Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific (link 1)
11: Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific (link 1)
18: Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific (link 1)
25: Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific (link 1)

Burma/Myanmar

4: Protest against censorship by journalists in Yangon (link 1) (link 2) (link 3) (link 4) (link 5) (link 6)
22: Protest against land seizure and pollution from copper mine in Saigaing Division (link 1) (link 2) (link 3)

Cambodia

6: Strike over wages and sackings at Taiyang and Camwell garment factories in Kandal Province (link 1) (link 2)
6: Strike over dismissal of worker and benefits at Xin Lan garment factory in Kandal Province (link 1)
28: Strikes at garment factories around the country (link 1)
29: Strike and occupation over sexual harassment and wages at Ocean garment factory in Phnom Penh (link 1) (link 2) (link 3) (link 4) (link 5) (link 6)

China

1: Protest by army veterans over compensation in Dalian, Liaoning Province (link 1)
1: Worker protests on the rise in July (link 1)
1: Coastal factories remain the focus of worker unrest in August as manufacturing declines (link 1)
2: Protest over redundancies at luggage factory in Shanghai (link 1)
2: Strike and protest over wages and layoffs at CIMIC ceramics in Shanghai (link 1) (link 2) (link 3) (link 4)
3: Protest against blackouts in Shenzhen, Guangdong Province (link 1)
5: Strike over lack of manpower by lifeguards in Hong Kong (link 1)
5: Protest against police abuse in Shantou, Guangdong Province (link 1) (link 2)
5: Strike over unpaid wages at shoe factory in Huzhou, Zhejiang Province (link 1)
8: Strike over wages and corruption by oil workers at Sinopec in Henan Province (link 1)
9: An introduction to China's social security system (link 1)
9: Strike and protest over wages in Shenzhen, Guangdong Province (link 1) (link 2)
14: Protest against land seizures near Qingdao, Shandong (link 1)
15: Protest against brutality in Rebkong, Qinghai Province (link 1) (link 2) (link 3) (link 4)
15: Protest over unpaid wages in Lhasa, Tibet Province (link 1) (link 2)
15: Protest against arrest of friend of labor rights advocate in Hong Kong (link 1)
15: Protest over policies by war veterans in Nanning, Guangxi Province (link 1) (link 2)
16: Protest against mining in Markham, Tibet Autonomous Region (link 1) (link 2)
16: Protest over unpaid wages in Guangzhou, Guangdong Province (link 1)
17: Protest over land seizure in Heshan County, Guangxi (link 1) (link 2) (link 3)
19: Protest over wages by cigarette factory workers in Shanghai (link 1)
20: Protest over corruption and unpaid pensions by army veterans in Beijing (link 1) (link 2)
20: Protest against redundancies by security guards in Shenzhen, Guangdong (link 1)
20: Protest by migrant workers over unpaid wages in Xi'an, Shaanxi Province (link 1)
21: Protest against waste plant in Guangdong (link 1) (link 2)
21: Protest over unpaid wages at power plant in Puning, Guangdong Province (link 1) (link 2)
21: Protest against illegal mining in Lufeng, Guangdong Province (link 1)
22: Protest against layoffs at Motorola in Beijing (link 1) (link 2) (link 3)
22: Protest against redundancies in Chengdu, Sichuan Province (link 1)
23: Protest by war veterans in Foshan, Guangdong Province (link 1) (link 2)
24: Protest against land seizure in Yangjiang, Guangdong Province (link 1)
24: Strike over wages at Youde auto parts factory in Wuhan, Hubei Province (link 1) (link 2) (link 3)
25: Strike of working conditions at electronics factory in Shenzhen, Guangdong Province (link 1) (link 2) (link 3)
26: Protest over hike in kindergarten fees in Shenzhen, Guangdong Province (link 1)
26: Protest against demolitions in Suining, Sichuan Province (link 1)
27: Protest against police brutality against hawkers in Lanzhou, Gansu Province (link 1) (link 2)
27: Protest over unpaid wages by tourist workers and children in Dali, Yunnan Province (link 1) (link 2) (link 3)
28: Strike over severance pay at electronics factory in Zhuhai, Guangdong (link 1) (link 2)
28: Strike at Mingde Heavy Industries shipbuilding company in Nantong, Jiangsu (link 1) (link 2)
29: Protest over compensation by AIDS Patients in Zhengzhou, Henan (link 1) (link 2) (link 3)
29: Protest by rural electricians in Fujian Province (link 1)
29: Protest against land seizure in Zhongshan, Guangdong Province (link 1)
29: Protest over unpaid wages by construction workers at college in Xundian County, Yunnan Province (link 1) (link 2)
30: Motorola employees demand better compensation (link 1)
30: Protest against redundancies in Zhejiang Province (link 1) (link 2)
30: Strikes in South (link 1)
31: Protest against mine in Qinghai Province (link 1) (link 2)
31: Protest against land seizure in Beijing (link 1)

Indonesia

2: Protest against police brutality in Sidoarjo, Surabaya (link 1)
4: Strike over wages and conditions at Adidas supplier PT Panarub Dwikarya in Tangerang, Jakarta (link 1) (link 2) (link 3) (link 4) (link 5)
8: Protest against outsourcing at PT Gama Mitra Perkasa in Surabaya (link 1) (link 2)
15: Strike for bonus bonus at BRT by bus workers in Jakarta (link 1)
28: Protest against sexual molestation of students at religious school in Depok, Jakarta (link 1) (link 2) (link 3) (link 4)
30: Strike against outsourcing at cable and wire factory PT Ho Wah Genting in Batam, Riau Islands (link 1) (link 2) (link 3)
31: Protest against land seizure in Mandiangin, Jambi, South Sumatra (link 1) (link 2) (link 3) (link 4) (link 5)

Malaysia

9: Strike over wages and accomodation at Honsin Apparel Sdn Bhd garment factory in Batu Pahat, Jahor State (link 1)
15: Protest for release of detained villagers in Serian, Sarawak (link 1)

Philippines

13: Protest over excessive manager allowance by sewage workers in Manila (link 1)
14: Protest over benefits by weather forecasters (link 1) (link 2) (link 3)
24: Strike over redundancies by PUP janitors in Manila successful (link 1)
29: Strike over right to organise at Philsteel in Laguna, Southern Tagalog (link 1)

South Korea

5: Protest against lockout at SJM car parts factory in Ansan (link 1) (link 2)
8: Strike over wages and night-shift at Hyundai and Kia (link 1) (link 2) (link 3) (link 4) (link 5) (link 6) (link 7) (link 8) (link 9) (link 10) (link 11) (link 12)
16: Strike over wages at Kumho Tire (link 1) (link 2)
17: Strike over wages at GM (link 1) (link 2) (link 3)
28: Protest against politician's visits to labor monuments (link 1)
31: Protest against labour law and for permanent contracts in Seoul (link 1)

Taiwan

8: Protest over layoff and retirement payments in Taipei (link 1)
9: Protest for increase in minimum wage in Taipei (link 1) (link 2)
10: Protest against government move to collect defaulted layoff loans in Taipei (link 1)

Thailand

18: Protest against proposed power line in Nan Province (link 1)
30: Protest against polluting oil factory in Plutaluang, Sattahip (link 1)

Vietnam

16: Protest against land seizure in Ha Tinh province (link 1)
19: Web snares Vietnam as bloggers spread protests over land (link 1)
27: Protest to free activists in Hanoi (link 1)

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Spartacus
Sep 8 2012 02:58

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Billy Bostickson
Sep 8 2012 03:33

Hi Spartacus,

I'm trying to adapt a world protest map with limited news feeds into a world protest map that includes all kind of labour protests and occupy protests, etc, so I was looking at your blog here with all the great detailed links to Asian protests, etc.

The maps I link to currently from my website (rageuniversity.org) are these:

Best map (in my opinion)which I want to improve:

http://worldatprotest.com/

Occupy maps:

http://map.occupy.net/

http://tiles.mapbox.com/occupy/map/occupy-global-lines

http://www.guardian.co.uk/news/datablog/interactive/2011/oct/18/occupy-p...

China Protest Maps (google maps with short URLs):

http://is.gd/ZI9X3K
http://is.gd/lhJyGN
http://is.gd/ihKf2D

So, maybe we could work out a way using your news links and feeds via the anmap program at: http://www.ammap.com/

to develop this? Alternatively using Google Maps.

What do you think? Billy