Workers’ struggles in East Asia (April 2013)

From Spartacus’s blog on Libcom: Summary and links to news stories of workers’ struggles around East Asia during April 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, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, South Korea, Taiwan, and Vietnam.

Perhaps the most significant event from the last month has been the ongoing strike by dock workers at Asia’s third biggest port in Hong Kong – it has certainly received the most English language media coverage as you’ll see below. I decided not to post my usual list of most important stories as there were so many for that strike. They are still marked in bold for each country. 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.

All reports ordered by country and date:

-Analysis

1: Back in China, Bus Driver Doesn’t Regret Singapore Strike (link 1)
4: BURMA:Contrasting reports on struggle for land at Letpadaung (link 1)
9: China’s workers continue to demand higher pay (link 1)
12: Pollution Crisis Sparks Mass Popular Protests (link 1)

Burma/Myanmar

4: Protest by farmers against Letpadaung copper mine in Sagaing Division (link 1) (link 2) (link 3)
8: Protest by farmers against land seizures for gas pipeline project in Shan State (link 1)
18: Protest over compensation and wages for pipeline in Maday Island, Rakhine State (link 1) (link 2) (link 3) (link 4) (link 5)
23: Protest by residents against power line over residential area in Paungde (link 1)
25: Protest by farmers over land seizure for Letpadaung mine in Monywa, Sagaing Division (link 1) (link 2) (link 3) (link 4) (link 5)
26: Protest to demand release detained protesters at Letpadaung Mine in Monywa, Sagaing Division (link 1) (link 2)
29: Protest against Letpadaung copper mine in Sagaing Division (link 1) (link 2)

Cambodia

2: Strike at Su Tong Fang garment factory for early implementation of minimum wage and other benefits in Phnom Penh (link 1)
25: Protest over unpaid wages at Horus Industrial Garment in Phnom Penh (link 1)
28: Strike at Hung Wah I garment factory over seniority pay (link 1)

China

3: Strike by dock workers for wage rise at Hongkong International Terminals Ltd in Hong Kong (link 1) (link 2) (link 3) (link 4) (link 5) (link 6) (link 7) (link 8) (link 9) (link 10) (link 11) (link 12) (link 13) (link 14) (link 15) (link 16)
4: Strike over redundancy plan at Foxconn in Fushan, Guangdong (link 1)
6: Strike by dock workers over pay continues in Hong King (link 1) (link 2) (link 3) (link 4) (link 5) (link 6) (link 7)
8: Protest against removal of activist’s daughter from school in Hefei, Anhui (link 1) (link 2)
9: Strike by dock workers over wages continues in Hong Kong (link 1) (link 2) (link 3) (link 4) (link 5) (link 6) (link 7) (link 8) (link 9) (link 10) (link 11) (link 12) (link 13)
10: Protest by Motorola workers over laayoffs in Tianjin (link 1)
11: Strike by dockworkers continues in Hong Kong (link 1) (link 2) (link 3) (link 4) (link 5) (link 6) (link 7) (link 8) (link 9) (link 10)
12: Protest agaisnt land seizure in Aktash, Xinjiang (link 1)
14: Strike by dockworkers over wages continues in Hong Kong (link 1) (link 2) (link 3) (link 4)
16: Strike by dockworkers continues in Hong Kong (link 1) (link 2) (link 3)
16: Protest by residents against land grab in Panxu Village, Fujian (link 1)
17: Protest against pollution in Niuchong Village, Hubei (link 1)
19: Strike and protest by dock workers over wages continues in Hong Kong (link 1) (link 2) (link 3) (link 4) (link 5) (link 6) (link 7)
20: Strike and protest by dock workers over wages continues in Hong Kong (link 1) (link 2) (link 3) (link 4) (link 5) (link 6) (link 7) (link 8) (link 9) (link 10) (link 11) (link 12) (link 13)
22: Protest by villagers over lack of aid for earthquake victims in Sichuan (link 1) (link 2) (link 3)
24: Strike by dock workers for wage rise continues in Hong Kong (link 1) (link 2) (link 3) (link 4)
25: Protest by dock workers over wages in Hong Kong (link 1) (link 2) (link 3) (link 4) (link 5) (link 6) (link 7) (link 8) (link 9) (link 10) (link 11) (link 12)
26: Protest by supporters of dock workers strike in Hong Kong (link 1) (link 2)
26: Strike by dock workers over wages continues in Hong Kong (link 1) (link 2) (link 3) (link 4) (link 5) (link 6) (link 7)
28: Protest against land seizure in Panxu, Fijian (link 1)
29: Protest over land seizure in Wukan, Guangdong (link 1) (link 2)
29: Strike by dock workers over wages continues in Hong Kong (link 1) (link 2) (link 3) (link 4) (link 5) (link 6) (link 7) (link 8) (link 9)

Indonesia

3: Protest by outsourced workers at PT Petrokimia Gresik for return of work permits at regional parliament in Gresik (link 1)
3: Protest by workers from Dwi Prima Sentosa, PT Cort, and PT MBM over outsourcing and other issues in Mojokerto (link 1)
4: Protest by workers from Telkomsel against outsourcing in Surabaya (link 1)
10: Protest by workers for better health care and wages in Jakarta (link 1) (link 2)
15: Factory occupation over firings at PT Nissin Kogyo in Batam (link 1) (link 2)
18: Protest by street vendors and students against eviction of stalls at Pasar Minggu Station in Jakarta (link 1)
25: Protest by workers over working conditions in Tangerang (link 1)
25: Protest by Bintaro Premier Hospital workers over dismissal in Bintaro, Tangerang (link 1)

Malaysia

3: Protest by workers at computer parts factory in Senai, Johor (link 1)

Philippines

5: Protest at airport over land seizure in Pagadian (link 1)
17: Protest against Aurora Pacific Ecozone in Baguio (link 1)
21: Hunger strike by workers of Philippine Long Distance Telephone Company over right to organise in Makati, Metro Manila (link 1) (link 2) (link 3)
23: Protest against logging and corruption in Lupon, Davao Oriental (link 1)
26: Protest by farmers over land distribution in Quezon (link 1)
30: Protest in support of stranded workers in the Middle East in Manila (link 1) (link 2) (link 3)

South Korea

18: Strike over weekend shift wages at Hyundai (link 1) (link 2) (link 3)

Taiwan

19: Protest against nuclear power referendum in Taipei (link 1)
30: Hunger strike by laid-off workers over demand by Council of Labor Affairs (CLA) to repay retirement payouts in Taipei (link 1) (link 2)

Vietnam

10: Strike against working conditions at Doojung in Hanoi (link 1)
24: Protest over land seizure in Tho Xuan district, Thanh Hoa (link 1)

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