Workers' struggles in East Asia (June 2014)

Striking workers outside the Li Kyant Footwear Factory in Yangon, Myanmar

Summary and links to news stories of workers' struggles around East Asia during June 2014 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, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, and Thailand. My program that searches for links appears to have broken as nothing has appeared in my feed since the 20th. As I've said before check out the Nao blog for more in depth analysis of class struggles in Asia.

The most important stories:

-Analysis 30: Strikes and worker protests gain momentum in China as economy stutters (link 1)
Cambodia 2: Embassy Asks Gov�t to End Strike At South Korean-owned Garment Plant (link 1)
Cambodia 4: Garment Workers Strike After Factory Faintings, Secure Demands (link 1)
Cambodia 7: Ocean Garment Staff Double-Down on Wage Demands (link 1) (link 2) (link 3) (link 4) (link 5) (link 6)
Cambodia 10: Phnom Penh: Strike at T&K Garment factory for lunch allowance (link 1) (link 2) (link 3)
Cambodia 12: Workers at Box Factory March for Wage Raise (link 1)
Cambodia 14: Takeo: Strike at Beautiful Spring Footwear (suppliers of eg Puma) for dismissal of an abusive foreman, increasing of bonus, food allowance, more fans and more drinking water (link 1)
Cambodia 19: Workers take strike to ministry (link 1) (link 2)
China 3: Hunan Walmart Workers Refuse to Accept Settlement Offer on Labor Dispute (link 1) (link 2) (link 3)
China 5: Xichang City, Sichuan: Strike at steel mill Panzhihua Iron and Steel Group for higher severance pay (link 1)
China 13: Global Times: Workers at ABB-owned plant strike over benefits (link 1)
China 17: Gulin, Sichuan: Strike at Sichuan Langjiu Group distillery for higher wages and lower work load (link 1)
China 17: Shanghai: Strike at Shanghai Garment strike over wage arrears (link 1)
China 17: Chongqing: Strike at Foxconn workers for severance pay after the factory closure announced for August at the latest (link 1)
China 17: Xinji, Hebei: strike at Bao shoe factory over wage decrease (link 1)
Indonesia 2: Batam: 200 permanent employees and 400 temporary workers strike at PT Sendek Indonesia shipyard for collective agreement, permanent status of all employees and payment of overtime (link 1)
Indonesia 4: East Java school bus drivers strike over unpaid wages (link 1)
Indonesia 5: Padang, West Sumatra: Nearly 900 workers of the port of Teluk Bayur strike for wage increase and increase of the regional minimum wage (link 1)
Indonesia 9: Indramayu: More than 1,000 contract workers on strike at Pertamina refinery against reduction of overtime and reduction of transport allowance (link 1)
Indonesia 11: Deli Serdang in Medan: Hundreds of workers of PT Damai Abadi strike because a colleague has been placed without further consultation (link 1)
Indonesia 17: Pekanbaru: Hundreds of contract workers of PT Chevron Pasifik Indonesia went on strike and blocked the access road to demand the reinstatement of dismissed workers, minimum wage, conversion of all sub-sub-contracts and active control of all employment relationships by Chevron itself (link 1)
Myanmar 1: Workers demand reinstatement at a Chinese factory (link 1)
Myanmar 7: Mandalay: Protest by workers at the Lucky Treasure sawmill in Sinkkaing against the attempt by the company to force them on to new contracts (link 1)
Myanmar 9: Twelve people were arrested on Saturday for their involvement in a workers� rights demonstration in Mandalay. (link 1)
Myanmar 10: Ten workers charged for staging protest (link 1)
Myanmar 12: Footwear factory workers on strike for minimum monthly wage (link 1)
South Korea 20: Pernod Ricard South Korea workers to strike (link 1) (link 2)

All reports ordered by country and date:

-Analysis

3: Reuters: China�s strikes not as bad as they seem (link 1)
4: Workers in the Tiananmen protests (link 1)
13: Cambodian minimum wage activists �won�t be silenced by weapons and bullets� (link 1)
30: Strikes and worker protests gain momentum in China as economy stutters (link 1)

Cambodia

1: Electronics workers call for child care (link 1)
2: Convicts Emerge From Prison With Labor Activist Zeal (link 1)
2: Embassy Asks Gov�t to End Strike At South Korean-owned Garment Plant (link 1)
4: Garment Workers Strike After Factory Faintings, Secure Demands (link 1)
7: Ocean Garment Staff Double-Down on Wage Demands (link 1) (link 2) (link 3) (link 4) (link 5) (link 6)
10: Phnom Penh: Strike at T&K Garment factory for lunch allowance (link 1) (link 2) (link 3)
12: Workers at Box Factory March for Wage Raise (link 1)
14: Takeo: Strike at Beautiful Spring Footwear (suppliers of eg Puma) for dismissal of an abusive foreman, increasing of bonus, food allowance, more fans and more drinking water (link 1)
16: No justice for Cambodian garment workers killed while on strike (link 1)
17: Boeng Kak Activists Protest With Blood Money (link 1)
19: Workers take strike to ministry (link 1) (link 2)

China

3: Hunan Walmart Workers Refuse to Accept Settlement Offer on Labor Dispute (link 1) (link 2) (link 3)
5: Tiananmen massacre remembered at massive Hong Kong vigil (link 1) (link 2) (link 3)
5: Xichang City, Sichuan: Strike at steel mill Panzhihua Iron and Steel Group for higher severance pay (link 1)
11: "It will ignite again": Strike at large shoe-factories in Dongguan, China (link 1) (link 2)
13: Global Times: Workers at ABB-owned plant strike over benefits (link 1)
14: Hong Kong: Protest against plan to build a new suburb (link 1) (link 2) (link 3)
16: Walmart dispute ends season of industrial unrest (link 1)
17: Gulin, Sichuan: Strike at Sichuan Langjiu Group distillery for higher wages and lower work load (link 1)
17: Shanghai: Strike at Shanghai Garment strike over wage arrears (link 1)
17: Chongqing: Strike at Foxconn workers for severance pay after the factory closure announced for August at the latest (link 1)
17: Xinji, Hebei: strike at Bao shoe factory over wage decrease (link 1)
18: Garbage Plants Draw Fresh Ire in China's Guangdong (link 1)
30: Arbitration committee in Changde rules against Wal-mart workers (link 1) (link 2)

Indonesia

2: Batam: 200 permanent employees and 400 temporary workers strike at PT Sendek Indonesia shipyard for collective agreement, permanent status of all employees and payment of overtime (link 1)
4: East Java school bus drivers strike over unpaid wages (link 1)
5: North Sumatra workers protest poor health service (link 1)
5: Padang, West Sumatra: Nearly 900 workers of the port of Teluk Bayur strike for wage increase and increase of the regional minimum wage (link 1)
9: Indramayu: More than 1,000 contract workers on strike at Pertamina refinery against reduction of overtime and reduction of transport allowance (link 1)
11: Union members protest gas exports, demand affordable electricity (link 1)
11: Soreang in Bandung: Workers of PT Feng Tay protest at the regional parliament for official approval of their union ("Serikat Buruh Revolusioner Indonesia") (link 1)
11: Deli Serdang in Medan: Hundreds of workers of PT Damai Abadi strike because a colleague has been placed without further consultation (link 1)
12: Dismissed workers protest against Adidas ahead of World Cup (link 1)
17: Medan: protest by workers of PT Era Visindo Lestari and PT Sari Guna Prima Tirta over unfair dismissals, working conditions and non-payment of social insurance (link 1)
17: Pekanbaru: Hundreds of contract workers of PT Chevron Pasifik Indonesia went on strike and blocked the access road to demand the reinstatement of dismissed workers, minimum wage, conversion of all sub-sub-contracts and active control of all employment relationships by Chevron itself (link 1)
18: Residents, sex workers blockade to protest closure of Surabaya red light district (link 1) (link 2) (link 3) (link 4) (link 5) (link 6)
19: Medan: More than 700 temporary employees of the Bank sumut demonstrate for permanent contracts (link 1)

Japan

1: In Japan, a Caste of Part-Timers Rebels (link 1)
18: Thousands protest against collective self-defense in Tokyo (link 1)

Malaysia

17: In Penang, Kampung Bagan Ajam residents protest eviction (link 1)
18: Activists Vow To 'Shut Down' Lynas Plant This Weekend (link 1)

Myanmar

1: Workers demand reinstatement at a Chinese factory (link 1)
7: Mandalay: Protest by workers at the Lucky Treasure sawmill in Sinkkaing against the attempt by the company to force them on to new contracts (link 1)
9: Twelve people were arrested on Saturday for their involvement in a workers� rights demonstration in Mandalay. (link 1)
10: Ten workers charged for staging protest (link 1)
12: Footwear factory workers on strike for minimum monthly wage (link 1)
13: Mandalay farmers begin 'plough protest' on 3000 acres (link 1)
17: Mandalay villagers stage plough protest for cotton fields (link 1) ([url=http://www.elevenmyanmar.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=6473tongueyin-oo-lwin-farmers-protest-against-land-grabbing&catid=44:national&Itemid=384]link 2[/url])

Philippines

12: Protest, prayers greet 116th Independence Day (link 1) (link 2) (link 3)
18: 'NXP workers' struggle belies Labor Dept. claims of respecting union rights' (link 1)

Singapore

7: Protesters Assail Singapore Pension System (link 1)

South Korea

6: Strike at TV station KBS end after president replaced (link 1) (link 2)
7: Unions in Korea protest Thai military coup (link 1)
11: Miryang: protest camps against the construction of power masts from the new Gori nuclear power plant (link 1) (link 2) (link 3)
20: Pernod Ricard South Korea workers to strike (link 1) (link 2)

Taiwan

10: Indigenous Truku protest tourist influx at Mukumugi Trail (link 1)
19: Laid-off workers accuse TBS of breach of promise (link 1)
19: Missile drills scaled down after fishermen protest (link 1)
20: Protesters lament low price for land (link 1)

Thailand

4: Thai military threat to protesters using Hunger Games salute (link 1)
11: Victory for railway workers! (link 1)
11: Campaign success at KFC Thailand (link 1)
16: Finnwatch Researcher Andy Hall Detained in Cell by Thai Court on Natural Fruit Charges Prior to Court Approval for Industry Bail Out, Passport Confiscated Today (link 1) (link 2) (link 3)