Monthly Archives: July 2015

Protesting bus drivers in Cambodia ordered to halt strike

Protesting tour bus drivers were ordered by the Arbitration Council to end a one-week strike and return to work today, but strikers say they will not return until their fired colleagues are also reinstated.

Since last Wednesday, about 50 drivers for Capitol Tours Cambodia have protested outside the bus company’s Phnom Penh headquarters to demand the rehiring of five co-workers who the drivers say were fired for forming a labour union.

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GM’s South Korea workers approve wage deal, avoid strike

General Motors Co (GM.N) employees in South Korea voted in favor of a wage deal on Thursday, averting a strike for a second consecutive year in a country whose auto sector is renowned for industrial action.

A union spokesman told Reuters that 55 percent of workers approved a tentative deal reached on Monday, under which GM Korea would raise the basic monthly wage by 83,000 won ($71) and pay each worker 10.5 million won in bonuses and incentives.

The deal includes a plan to make next-generation Chevrolet Malibu sedans on a second production line at GM’s Bupyeong plant west of the capital Seoul, likely ending speculation of production at the plant being scaled back.

The union earlier this month said members refused to work overtime and staged a partial strike over pay, in action that did not affect production volume.

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Rights-Based Financing for Rights-Based Social Protection in Southeast Asia

For social protection to be truly rights-based, the manner by which it is financed should also be rights-based.  A rights-based financing for rights-based social protection would mean that financing should come primarily from the government funds to counter IFIs’ involvement in social protection and the financialisation of social protection funds. This would entail realignment of public funds from defence spending and debt servicing to social protection programmes as well as exit from loan-induced social protection models. Overall, a rights-based social protection prioritises the needs of the marginalised workers over the capitalist interests. In this regard, the states should ensure that its economic development agenda is people-centred and not biased towards the interests of big capitalists that disregard people’s rights, lives, and livelihood.

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Taking social responsibilities is not talking without ACTION

Instead of merely issuing statements of concern, we would like to urge Fast Retailing to take a firm stance on ensuring labour rights are being respected in her entire supply chain:


1)      Immediate action to solicit and arrange collective negotiation meeting between the management and workers on equal terms, and send representatives to attend the meeting;

2)      Carefully examined the complaints which are put forward by the Artigas workers, conduct an independent investigation, and contact workers directly;

3)      Immediately instruct the management to repay all severance and social security contribution arrears according to law;

4)      Assist to release Wu Weihua from detention.


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Call for Papers – Asian Labour Review

Asian Labour Review is prepared to provide a forum for a new generation of labour researchers who are willing to work with ground movements and be part of it. We are pleased to offer an outlet to make a stronger network of new generation academics and activists working on Asian labour.

The editors of Asian Labour Review welcome submissions of paper from those who work for different research institutions, universities, development agencies, NGOs and think-thanks, and trade unions, but also from individual researchers in national and international labour and solidarity movements, international campaigning and private-led development initiatives on labour standards. For the first issue, papers must be received by 15 August 2015. Papers should be emailed to ALR editors at

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