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Stories about Labor

21 September 2015

Most Bangladeshi Garment Workers Are Women, But Their Union Leaders Weren't—Until Now

Recent disasters in Bangladesh's garment industry have left hundreds of workers dead or injured. Women workers are taking more of a leadership role in the struggle to unionize.

19 September 2015

Brewing Sake in Japan Is Becoming a Woman's Game—Again

In ancient times, it's said that brewing sake was a women's craft. But for the past few hundred years women have been forbidden from brewing. That's changing in big ways.

28 August 2015

Migrant Filipinos and Their Families Tell the Government: ‘Hands Off Our Balikbayan Boxes!’

"The implied accusation that they are out to cheat government is an insult they can never forgive and forget."

23 August 2015

Afro-Latin American Women Use Social Networks to Commemorate Over a Decade of Struggle

"The situation of women of African descent is a unique one: because of their gender they find themselves even more vulnerable and susceptible to exclusion."

26 July 2015

Reality TV's New Stars Are Tanzanian Farmers

"Female Food Heroes" is a Tanzanian TV show produced by Oxfam that aims to empower and educate rural women who feed most of the families in the African nation.

22 July 2015

Myanmar’s Factories Warn of Economic Shutdown If Minimum Wage Hike Goes Ahead

"It is vital to ensure that the first ever minimum wage level doesn't lock workers from one sector into poverty."

8 July 2015

A Driver's-Eye View of Uber in China

Despite a crackdown on ride-hailing apps, many still see Uber as worth the risk. For drivers, the pay is high. For passengers, the fare is cheaper than similar Chinese services.

4 June 2015

‘We're Here for Our Families': Filipino Workers on Strike Share Hopes for Tomorrow

“We are fighting for regularization so that we will not lose our livelihood. This is for all the workers abused by the company.”

29 May 2015

Despite Attacks by Guards and Thugs, These Factory Workers in the Philippines Remain on Strike

About 90 percent of the workforce in the factory are contractuals or temporary workers. The striking workers were violently dispersed by goons reportedly hired by the company.

28 May 2015

No Protection for Quetta's Vulnerable Child Garbage Sellers

Like thousands of other children in Balochistan's capital city Quetta, 12 year-old Jummah and 11 year-old Razzaq are forced into child labor because of extreme poverty.

26 May 2015

Philippines’ Deadliest Ever Factory Fire Linked to Lax Labor Standards

An initial probe reveals that the factory violated several occupational health and safety standards, despite the government's assurances to the contrary.

21 May 2015

Japan's ‘Employment Ice Age’ Is Over for New Grads

The April 2015 employment rate of 96.7 percent for new post-secondary graduates has surpassed the 2008 employment rate, just prior to the start of the long global economic downturn.

18 May 2015

For Venezuelans, Job Opportunities Lie Just Over the Border in Brazil

In light of the devaluation of the Venezuelan bolivar, Venezuelans are crossing the border to work in Brazil and then return home with their earnings.

17 May 2015

Along Morocco’s Border With a Spanish Enclave, Women Shoulder Twice Their Weight ‘to Earn a Morsel of Bread’

These women carry loads of 100-200 lbs for the chance to earn $5 per day across the border from Spain's Ceuta to Morocco.

9 May 2015

Philippines Deports Thai Worker for Insulting Filipinos on Facebook

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Some Filipinos in Thailand criticized the deportation: "Offensive, hateful and downright irresponsible as [the remarks] are, they were not criminal."

3 May 2015

Workers Celebrate Labor Day by Joining Street Protests Across Southeast Asia

Tens of thousands of workers across the region trooped to the streets to demand higher wages, benefits, and other improvements amid rising living costs.

2 May 2015

The Heartbreaking Story of a Woman Enslaved in Mexico

A chilling case of modern enslavement has shocked Mexico and raised awareness about a problem many don't know still exists.

1 May 2015

Filipino Workers’ Lives in Paintings by Antipas ‘Biboy’ Delotavo

A visual artist exposes the troubling impact of poverty, oppression, colonialism, and injustice in the Philippines.

27 April 2015

Southeast Asian Activists Unite in ‘People’s Walk’ Ahead of Regional Leaders’ Summit

More than 1,000 activists and leaders from various civil society organizations across Southeast Asia declared their position on human rights and growing economic inequality.

26 April 2015

How a Bus Stop Row is Crippling Public Transport in Balochistan's Capital

The driver strike in Balochistan has caused significance inconvenience to the commuters of Quetta, especially those living in the Sariab area of the city. Where do politicians go from here?

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