Monthly Archives: March 2015

Migrant worker protest in Taiwan for fairer wages

A group of activists and migrant workers protested in Taipei on March 12 urging the government to meet Indonesian demands for better treatment of its workers in Taiwan. More than 30 protesters from Indonesia, Vietnam, the Philippines and Thailand demonstrated outside the Legislative Yuan, holding placards emblazoned with the word “anti-slavery” and shouting slogans such as “minimum wage for all.” Some of the protesters chained themselves together and wore signs that read “slaves” on their clothes to protest long working hours and unfairly low wages.

Source: www.wantchinatimes.com

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Blocked workers in Myanmar stage sit-in protest

Hundreds of police halt garment factory workers from marching to downtown Yangon, as police set deadline for demonstrators to disperse.

About 100 of the 1200 picketing workers set out from a protest camp outside E-Land Myanmar garment factory in Shwe Pyi Thar township for City Hall, where they planned to set up a second camp.

 

But 90 minutes into the march, 300 police blocked the workers beside the busy Danyingone junction in Insein township.

With the heavy police presence stopping them from continuing their march downtown, the workers staged a sit-in instead.

Source: www.mmtimes.com

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Working Women of Asia 2015 Photo Contest

As we celebrate International Working Women’s Day on March 8, we are happy to announce the launching of the Working Women of Asia 2015 photo contest. We are inviting everybody to join and help in making women at work visible. The Working Women of Asia 2015 aims to highlight the invaluable contribution of women to society and their diverse kinds of work. In this photo contest we invite photographs that feature marginalised women workers in their work environment, their community, or their own homes. Join us.
All entries must be submitted in digital format via email. Send entry to womenatwork@amrc.org.hk.
For more detail, please visit: http://amrc.org.hk/content/working-women-asia-2015-photo-contest

Source: amrc.org.hk

More than half of female employees in the service industry in Hong Kong have been sexually harassed

The Women Affairs Committee of the HKCTU released a report on 8 March, the International Women’s Day, stating that nearly 60% of female employees in the service sector had been sexually harassed at work. It happened most frequently in three industries, namely property management, airlines and retailing. Nearly 70% of interviewees said that their workplaces have no (32%) or are not aware of (36%) any follow up mechanisms of sexual harassment complaints. As a result, only 15% of the victims reported their cases to the employers.

Source: en.hkctu.org.hk

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