Workers' struggles in East Asia (July 2013)

March against nuclear processing facility in Guangdong, China

Summary and links to news stories of workers' struggles around East Asia during July 2013 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 Cambodia, China, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, and Vietnam.

For reports of workers struggles in Mandarin, as usual I urge you to check Jasmine Revolution and JTTP.cn with the help of a translator website if you need it.

The most important stories:

China 5: Protest by workers over unpaid wages at Shanghai Zhongji Pile Industry in Huizhou, Guangdong (link 1) (link 2)
China 31: Strike of company takeover at Cooper Chengshan (Shandong) Tire Co., Ltd. (CCT) in Rongcheng, Shandong (link 1) (link 2) (link 3) (link 4) (link 5) (link 6) (link 7)
South Korea 26: Strike over wages at GM (link 1)

All reports ordered by country and date:

-Analysis

1: Wukan: After the Uprising (link 1)
8: In these Times: Boss-napped: What We Can Learn From China�s Labor Banditry (link 1)
18: Nuclear activism Limiting the fallout (link 1)
31: Asia-Pacific workers wage struggles to turn 'formal' rights into reality (link 1)

Burma/Myanmar

8: Protest against land seizures in Yangon (link 1) (link 2)
26: Protest against seized lands in Yangon (link 1)

Cambodia

1: Protest over land seizure in Phnom Penh (link 1)
26: Protest by garments workers over allowances and forced overtime at Asia Dragon (Garment) Co Ltd in Bati district, Takeo province (link 1)

China

1: Protest for against government in Hong Kong (link 1) (link 2) (link 3) (link 4)
4: Protest by hospital workers for social insurance in Guangzhou, Guangdong (link 1)
5: Protest by workers over unpaid wages at Shanghai Zhongji Pile Industry in Huizhou, Guangdong (link 1) (link 2)
10: Freeing of detained petitioners in Wuxi, Jiangsu (link 1)
13: Protest against uranium processing plant in Heshan, Guangdong (link 1) (link 2) (link 3) (link 4) (link 5) (link 6)
15: Protest against waste incinerator in Guangzhou, Guangdong Guangdong (link 1) (link 2) (link 3) (link 4)
17: Protest by residents against pollution from factory in Sihui, Guangdong (link 1)
19: Protest against killing of watermelon seller in Linwu county, Hunan (link 1) (link 2)
22: Protest against police inaction in Sonid Left Banner, Inner Mongolian (link 1)
30: Protest against broadcast towers in Changsha, Hunan (link 1)
31: Strike of company takeover at Cooper Chengshan (Shandong) Tire Co., Ltd. (CCT) in Rongcheng, Shandong (link 1) (link 2) (link 3) (link 4) (link 5) (link 6) (link 7)

Indonesia

12: Riot by prisoners over cutting of water and electricity at prison in Medan (link 1) (link 2) (link 3) (link 4) (link 5) (link 6) (link 7)
23: Protest against construction of power plant in Jakarta (link 1)
30: Protest by worker of PT Sun Creation Indonesia (SCI) over unpaid wages in Batam, Riau Islands (link 1)

Japan

8: Protest against the restarting of nuclear reactors in Tokyo (link 1)

Malaysia

20: Protest against trade pact in Sabah (link 1) (link 2) (link 3)

Philippines

2: Protest against forced squatter home demolitions in Manila (link 1) (link 2) (link 3)
11: Protest by urban poor groups against forced relocations in Quezon City, Metro Manila (link 1)
22: Protest against government in Manila (link 1) (link 2) (link 3) (link 4)
22: Protest against government in Davao, Mindanao (link 1) (link 2)

South Korea

10: Strike and overtime ban over wages at GM auto plants (link 1) (link 2) (link 3) (link 4)
23: Protest at Hyundai over status over temporary workers in Ulsan (link 1)
26: Strike over wages at GM (link 1)

Taiwan

4: Protest against forced demolitions in Miaoli County in Taipei (link 1) (link 2) (link 3) (link 4) (link 5)
18: Protest against petrochemical plant in Malaysia in Taipei (link 1) (link 2)
19: Protest against Dapu forced demolitions in Taipei (link 1)
20: Protest over corporal's death during military service in Taipei (link 1)
20: Protest against forced demolitions in Dapu in Miaoli county (link 1)
23: Protest against forced demolitions in Dapu in Taipei (link 1) (link 2)
31: Protest against Taiwan-China trade deal in Taipei (link 1) (link 2) (link 3)
31: Protest over forced demolitions in Dapu, Miaoli county in Taipei (link 1) (link 2)

Thailand

7: Protest by migrant workers over unpaid wages at Saha Farms chicken processing plant in Lop Buri (link 1)

Vietnam

1: Protest against abuse in Z30A Xuan Loc Prison in Dong Nai (link 1) (link 2) (link 3) (link 4)

Comments

Pennoid
Aug 4 2013 06:48

This monthly compilation is consistently awesome. Thank you!

wojtek
Aug 4 2013 10:20

Hiya, great work once again! smile Do you know any good literature on Thai political history?

Pennoid
Aug 6 2013 04:47

Hey, I'm looking for the same, wojtek! So, bump, or whatevs.

Spartacus
Sep 7 2013 10:26

Thanks, glad it's appreciated! I'm afraid I don't know any good stuff on Thai history, but I believe Ed on here was telling me about a book a few years ago that's meant to be pretty good (and banned in Thailand), maybe try contacting him, I can't remember what it's called.

wojtek
Sep 7 2013 11:17

I think you mean Paul M. Handley's The King Never Smiles right?

Ed
Sep 7 2013 19:10

Yeah, that's the one.. a few years since I read it but it goes through all the power struggles and coups that have gone on since the reign of the current king started, mentioning Thailand's anti-communist campaigns and massacres of students in the 1970s.. was that the sort of thing you were looking for?

Pennoid
Oct 6 2013 16:55

I'm getting a PDF I'll try and upload it later.