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In January 2014, the banana company Sumifru suspended employment contracts of 141 union members. However, the labour arbitration board ordered their reinstatement and the payment of compensation for lost wages. When the company failed to comply with the order, workers conducted a picket in (...)

In June 2014, twelve people were arrested for having participated in a demonstration in Mandalay. Several hundred employees of the Chinese-owned Lucky Treasure woodcutting factory in Sinkkaing Township, accompanied by hundreds of supporters, were intercepted by about 500 police officers as they (...)

For six years, workers and their union at Kerzner International Holdings’ luxury One&Only Reethi Rah Resort in the Maldives have been fighting union-busting and the resort management’s ongoing refusal to implement court decisions in favour of the union.
Faced with abusive working conditions, (...)

Sabah Forest Industries (SFI) has been using numerous tactics to prevent the formation of an independent union, the Sabah Timber Employees Union (STIEU). Workers have been struggling for trade union recognition since the early 2000s. The company publicly declared that it was committed to not (...)

A serious backlog of cases is building up at the Industrial Courts in Penang and Kuala Lumpur after the contracts of four senior Industrial Court chairmen were not renewed. This is not the first time the Court has been left vacant, but the problem is more acute now because the contracts of all (...)

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