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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

14th: Residents of an area around a cemetery in North Jakarta fought 2000 public order officers and 600 police with rocks, petrol bombs, machetes and samurai swords to fight a planned "renovation" of the area. Reports claim it is due to a historic tomb being located their, but it appears the plan is to evict residents around the cemetery rather than the cemetery itself, so there may be more to it than a religious issue.
http://home.kyodo.co.jp/modules/fstStory/index.php?storyid=495836
http://www.ajc.com/news/nation-world/protesters-rally-in-indonesia-461105.html
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_asiapacific/view/1050263/1/.html
http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5hfhslgNdpucp6YqN5xE04j4bTbqwD9F30R1O0

Japan

14th: Dockworkers strike for 2 hours over asbestos.
http://labornetjp.blogspot.com/2010/04/dockworkers-on-strike-for-2-hours-on.html

Mongolia

4th: Teachers staged a rally demanding their salaries be doubled or they will go on strike.
http://www.mongolia-web.com/government-and-politics/2677-newsmn-teachers-protest-in-mongolia
5th: Over 5000 people joined a protest in the capital Ulaan Baator calling for the dissolution of parliament due to the imbalance of wealth distribution.
http://www.lacrossetribune.com/news/world/asia/article_2922d50f-59d2-57bd-b864-6ea4eded5d26.html
http://www.businessweek.com/ap/financialnews/D9EUVSM80.htm
http://english.cctv.com/program/worldwidewatch/20100409/101448.shtml

Myanmar

9th: Article on the recent strikes in garment factories in Rangoon.
http://www.irrawaddy.org/article.php?art_id=18222

Philippines

13th: Port workers tried to delay a takeover until they get back pay.
http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/inquirerheadlines/nation/view/20100413-263930/North-Harbor-row-far-from-settled
http://www.allvoices.com/contributed-news/5597173-rp-port-officials-blamed-for-labor-woes
http://www.wsws.org/articles/2010/apr2010/phil-a14.shtml

South Korea

6th: Workers at national broadcaster MBC went on strike to force the companies' president to step down.
http://joongangdaily.joins.com/article/view.asp?aid=2918827
http://www.koreaherald.co.kr/national/Detail.jsp?newsMLId=20100405000665
9th: Kumho Tire workers reject an offer by management after one day strike.
http://www.tirereview.com/Article/72365/oneday_strike_over_kumho_plants_back_to_work.aspx
http://english.yonhapnews.co.kr/business/2010/04/09/2/0501000000AEN20100409005400320F.HTML

Taiwan

2nd: Workers from a factory that makes touch screens for Smartphones gatecrashed the launch of a new phone to demand better working conditions in a rare protest by workers.
http://yfotu.blogspot.com/2010/04/shocked-by-yfo-workers-twice-day-htc.html
http://www.semiaccurate.com/2010/04/06/htc-launch-gate-crashed-supplier-union/
http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/taiwan/archives/2010/04/13/2003470473
http://www.chinapost.com.tw/business/company-focus/2010/04/13/252289/Young-Fast.htm
12th: Trade unions will hold a protest on the 1st of May to highlight the growing wealth gap in the country.
http://www.etaiwannews.com/etn/news_content.php?id=1225225&lang=eng_news&cate_img=83.jpg&cate_rss=news_Politics_TAIWAN
http://focustaiwan.tw/ShowNews/WebNews_Detail.aspx?Type=aALL&ID=201004120025
http://focustaiwan.tw/ShowNews/WebNews_Detail.aspx?Type=aALL&ID=201004150013

Vietnam

3rd: Up to 10 000 workers went on strike over pay at a Taiwanese-owned shoe factory, pelting strike-breakers with shrimp sauce and pig's blood.
http://www.straitstimes.com/BreakingNews/SEAsia/Story/STIStory_510119.html

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Spartacus
Apr 16 2010 11:50

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