Surin Big C staff tell boss to "get out"

Bangkok Post

Over a hundred employees at Big C Supercentre in Thailand's Surin gathered at the entrance of the store late on Friday morning demanding the removal of senior management within 24 hours.

They held placards saying "We do not want No1 Siriporn anymore", and other messages such as "Return happiness to us". The placards did not further identify "No1 Siriporn".

Kamolwan Anwanin, 39, chief of financial analysis at the store, joined in the protest.

Matahari Department Store opens 127th store st Lippo Mall Puri

Jakarta Globe

Matahari Department Store, one of Indonesia's largest department store operators, opened its 127th outlet at Lippo Mall Puri at St. Moritz, a mall located in West Jakarta, the company said in a statement on Thursday.

The retailer seeks to capitalize on the mall's strategic location on the Jakarta-Tangerang-Merak toll road.

Walmart dispute ends China's season of industrial unrest


After a long, hot spring of industrial unrest, the Chinese government is attempting to bring closure to the last in a series of high-profile labour disputes involving some of the world's most powerful multinational companies.

On 12 June, neighbourhood committee cadres visited the homes of 69 Walmart employees who remain locked in an arbitration case with their former employer in Changde, a small city in Hunan province.

Starbucks offers online college program to workers


Starbucks is rolling out a program that would allow its workers to earn an online college degree at Arizona State University at a steeply discounted rate.

The coffee chain is partnering with the school to offer the option to 135,000 US employees who work at least 20 hours a week. The Seattle-based company says it will phase out its existing tuition reimbursement program, which gave workers up to USD1,000 a year for education at certain schools.

How Adidas supported worker rights in China factory strike

The Guardian

A strike at Taiwanese shoe manufacturer Yue Yuen in Dongguan, China, which supplies athletic shoes to the likes of Nike and Adidas, brought the 43,000 employee outfit to a standstill for 10 days in April. Two months on and the factory still does not appear to have returned to full capacity.



BT to connect the De Beers Group

The De Beers Group of Companies is connecting its IT services across 70 sites, including exploration and mining locations around the world.

The world's leading diamond company has awarded the contract for its IT transformation to BT under a six-year agreement that includes bringing together a full range of BT Connect networking technologies including fibre, microwave and satellite.

Walmart CEO bares plans for innovation and technology

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. President and CEO Doug McMillon reaffirmed Walmart’s mission and outlined new ways the company will serve customers through three core principles at its most recent annual stockholders' meeting.

One of these principles is being at the forefront of innovation and technology.

As IPO nears, Alibaba prepares employees for USD40 billion windfall


As Alibaba prepares for what could be the biggest tech company IPO to date, the Chinese e-commerce giant has been counselling employees on how to deal with the roughly USD41 billion they could unlock through a New York listing.

While some staffers have enquired if premium brand BMW sells cars in Alibaba's corporate orange, others may invest windfall stock gains in property in North America or channel funds back into start-up ventures in China, hoping to build future Alibabas, bankers and financial planners say.

China pressures Wal-Mart to settle labour dispute

The Wall Street Journal Online

Authorities in China are pushing Wal-Mart Stores Inc. to settle a dispute with employees in a case that highlights the increasing power of workers in China's labour market.

Macau urges banks to curb use of UnionPay cards to cut illegal flow

Shanghai Daily

Macau authorities have urged banks to restrict the use of China UnionPay cards which racked up USD22.5 billion in transactions last year, a person with direct knowledge of the matter said, in a bid to curb the increasingly large amounts of money being illegally taken out of the Chinese mainland.

Macau is the world's largest gambling market, and a popular destination for mainland gamers who bet up to millions of yuan at a time.

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