Workers' struggles in East Asia (March 2013)

Dock workers on strike do demand a pay rise in Hong Kong

Summary and links to news stories of workers' struggles around East Asia during March 2013 and related resources. The most important stories appear on my Twitter feed as soon as I find them: http://twitter.com/spartacusnews.

For more news from China (in Chinese) see JTTP.cn and Jasmine Revolution. For news found from other regions, see here.

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

The most important stories:

Cambodia 20: Strike over right to organise at E-Garment factory in Kandal Province (link 1)
China 1: Strike at hardware products factory in Chang'an township, Dongguan, Guangdong (link 1)
China 18: Strike over uneven wage rise at Nanhai Honda parts factory in Foshan, Guangdong (link 1) (link 2) (link 3)
China 28: Strike by dock workers for wage rise at Hongkong International Terminals Ltd, Hong Kong (link 1) (link 2) (link 3) (link 4) (link 5) (link 6) (link 7)
Malaysia 13: Strike by migrant workers over minimum wage textile and polyester manufacturer in Negri Sembilan and a furniture maker in Johor (link 1)
Thailand 1: Strike by luggage trolley collectors over salary delay at Suvarnabhumi International Airport, Bangkok (link 1)
Thailand 28: Strike over overtime payments at General Motors plant in Rayong (link 1)

All reports ordered by country and date:

-Analysis

5: Worker protests continue in China after Lunar New Year (link 1)
6: Chinese Anger Over Pollution Becomes Main Cause of Social Unrest (link 1)
13: Police and villagers clash in Burma over land dispute (link 1)
24: Workers organise, demonstrate solidarity and demand better trade unions (link 1)

Burma/Myanmar

11: Protest against coalmine in Tenasserim Division (link 1)
14: Protest against Aung San Suu Kyi support of Letpadaung copper mine in Monywa township, Sagaing Division (link 1) (link 2) (link 3) (link 4) (link 5) (link 6) (link 7) (link 8)
14: Protest by farmers for compensation after Telecom project damages farms (link 1)
21: Protest against dam in Karen State (link 1)
28: Protest against Letpadaung Mine in Sagaing Division (link 1)
28: Protest by Burmese migrant workers over wages, confiscation of passports and work permits at factory in Rayong Province (link 1)

Cambodia

4: Success after hunger strike by workers at suppliers of Wal-Mart and H and M (link 1)
4: Strike by translators at Khmer Rouge Tribunal (link 1) (link 2) (link 3) (link 4) (link 5) (link 6) (link 7)
6: Protest by Mfone workers for unpaid salaries in Phnom Penh (link 1) (link 2)
8: Protest against forced evictions and for release of prisoners in Phnom Penh (link 1)
13: Protest against Boeung Kak Lake land seizure in Phnom Penh (link 1) (link 2) (link 3)
20: Strike over right to organise at E-Garment factory in Kandal Province (link 1)

China

1: Strike at hardware products factory in Chang'an township, Dongguan, Guangdong (link 1)
4: Protest against land seizure in Shangpu, Guangdong (link 1) (link 2) (link 3) (link 4) (link 5) (link 6)
7: Protest by herders over land seizures in Hohhot, Inner Mongolia (link 1) (link 2)
8: Protest by workers against trade union official at Ohms Electronics in Shenzhen, Guangdong (link 1)
10: Protest by Filipino migrant workers over recruitment firms in Hong Kong (link 1)
12: Protest over land seizure in Shangpu, Guangdong (link 1) (link 2) (link 3) (link 4) (link 5)
18: Strike over uneven wage rise at Nanhai Honda parts factory in Foshan, Guangdong (link 1) (link 2) (link 3)
22: Protest by artists against demolition of art district in Songzhuang, Beijing (link 1)
22: Protest against corruption in Zhengzhou, Henan (link 1)
22: Protest over land seizure in Wuxuan County, Guangxi (link 1)
22: Protest against pollution from mine in Dali, Yunnan (link 1)
27: Protest against forced eviction in Wuhan, Hubei (link 1)
28: Strike by dock workers for wage rise at Hongkong International Terminals Ltd, Hong Kong (link 1) (link 2) (link 3) (link 4) (link 5) (link 6) (link 7)

Indonesia

4: Protest by construction workers over wage delay in Pekanbaru, Riau (link 1)
8: Strike over right to organise, overtime and temporary contracts at Huawei telecom company in Jakarta and Surabaya, Java (link 1) (link 2)
10: Strike by security workers at PT. Tanjungenim Lestari Pulp and Paper against outsourcing (link 1)
11: Protests against violence against women (link 1)

Japan

9: Protest against nuclear power in Tokyo and elsewhere (link 1) (link 2) (link 3) (link 4) (link 5)
23: Protest against eviction of anti-nuclear tents in Tokyo (link 1)

Malaysia

13: Strike by migrant workers over minimum wage textile and polyester manufacturer in Negri Sembilan and a furniture maker in Johor (link 1)
15: Protest by electronic workers for union recognition in Putrajaya (link 1)
20: Protest by fishermen against undersea tunnel in Tanjung Tokong, Georgetown (link 1)
22: Protest against pipeline, logging and dam in Sarawak (link 1)

Philippines

7: Protest over unemployment and cost of living in Manila (link 1)
9: Protest against mining in Makati, Metro Manila (link 1)
20: Protest by students over suicide due to tuition fees in Manila (link 1) (link 2)
25: Blockade of Apex Mining Company Inc by residents affected by typhoon for compensation in Maco, Compostela Valley (link 1) (link 2)

South Korea

1: Protest against military exercises in Seoul (link 1)

Taiwan

9: Protest against nuclear power in Taipei, Taichung, Kaohsiung and Taitung (link 1) (link 2) (link 3) (link 4) (link 5)
13: Protest by farmers against Gaoping artificial lakes plan in Taipei (link 1)
14: Protest by residents over Tainan land grab in Taipei (link 1)
15: Protest against Huaguang forced demolitions in Central Taipei (link 1)
18: Protest against nuclear power in Taipei (link 1)
21: Protest against Huaguang forced demolitions in Central Taipei (link 1)
23: Protest against planned athletes' village in Linkou, New Taipei City (link 1)
27: Protest against forced demolitions in Huaguang, Taipei (link 1)

Thailand

1: Strike by luggage trolley collectors over salary delay at Suvarnabhumi International Airport, Bangkok (link 1)
13: Protest by workers over change in working hours at NXP electronics factory and General Motors (link 1) (link 2)
13: Protest by rural doctors against planned slashing of special pay in Bangkok (link 1)
15: Protest by students against plan to move campus at Rajamangala University of Technology (link 1)
28: Strike over overtime payments at General Motors plant in Rayong (link 1)

Vietnam

17: Protest by mourners over impunity of local elites in Vinh Yen, Vinh Phuc (link 1) (link 2) (link 3) (link 4)