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Stories about Labor

4 October 2019

Can the 2019 presidential election alleviate rampant poverty in Afghanistan?

“I have had already this powerless feeling, and there was nothing to do, except voting."

17 September 2019

A day in the life of a bamboo shoot harvester in Myanmar

Meet Ko Pho La, a bamboo shoot harvester living in Kyee Bin Village in Irrawaddy Region.

16 September 2019

Street-side vendors of Zanzibar’s iconic ‘kanga’ textiles forced to close up shop after 30 years

Kanga sellers in Stone Town, Zanzibar, were told their street-side stalls are "unauthorized informal businesses" that clutter passageways, impinge on Stone Town's original charm and reduces its value.

23 August 2019

Hong Kong protests through the eyes of a Filipino migrant worker

How have the rallies in Hong Kong affected the lives of Filipino migrant workers? What are their thoughts about the protests?

23 July 2019

Is Mandarin Chinese the language of East Africa’s future?

As China strengthens its already robust trade and infrastructural ties with Africa, Chinese-government funded Confucius Institutes to teach Chinese Mandarin are on the rise.

17 July 2019

Could polygraph testing for Trinidad & Tobago police help create more public trust?

With an increasing crime rate, the idea is to help make officers more accountable and rekindle public faith in the police service.

26 May 2019

How Chinese tech workers are organizing the online #996 labor movement, despite risks of censorship

Advox

In contrast to other social movements and memes on the Chinese internet, #996 has taken shape largely on GitHub.

11 April 2019

Expelled Chinese diamond mining firm quietly returns to Zimbabwe

"How can a company mine diamonds from 2010 to 2015 and fail to produce audited financial statements, a basic integrity requirement?"

8 April 2019

Moscow human rights activists sue a Russian far eastern republic over ban on migrant workers

RuNet Echo

Human rights activists will have to fight Yasen Nikolayev’s act on purely legalistic grounds, arguing that regulating the local labor market in Yakutia is not actually required.

27 March 2019

Growing controversy in Myanmar: A Kachin banana plantation in photos

"Most of the plantations have Chinese backing and are accused of stealing land, damaging the environment and violating their workers’ labor rights."

13 March 2019

Sudan's youth activists want you to pay attention to deforestation in Darfur

Sudan’s complex political situation and rapidly degrading climate have intensified the daily struggle for Sudanese people.

11 March 2019

Foreign domestic workers contribute to Hong Kong economy but lack access to basic financial services

"We are treated as foreigners, low-class workers and therefore the government has been pushing for policies and practices that exclude and isolate migrant workers from the whole Hong Kong population."

20 February 2019

150 years of Ceylon Tea: A day in the life of a plantation worker

The wages Sri Lankan plantation workers earn are nowhere near enough to bear the costs of living for the family, so many are forced to look for work elsewhere.

25 January 2019

Sri Lankan tea estate workers take to the streets to demand fair wages

'Companies say they don't have profit, govt says it doesn't have money, ministers make so many promises[...] workers want only Rs. 1000 daily basic wage for the work they do'.

5 January 2019

As international factory safety group ordered to leave Bangladesh, garment workers fear return to deadly work conditions

In April 2013, a garments factory collapse at the Rana Plaza building in Savar, Bangladesh, left 1,134 people dead. The tragedy exposed the lack of safety of Bangladesh's garment industry,...

2 January 2019

China persecutes independent leftists in the name of Marxism

While many Marxists believe in workers' struggle as the driving force for social and political transformation, Chinese ideologues consider young leftist students’ who stand by workers' rights simply troublemakers.

26 December 2018

Macedonian sex workers protest to demand decriminalization as antidote to violence

Macedonian sex workers took to the streets to demand fair and humane labor practices on the International Day to Stop Violence Against Sex Workers.

21 December 2018

Defying the odds as a woman entrepreneur in Afghanistan

After years of struggle Shukria Attaye owns a successful dairy farm that counts her elder brother among its employees.

10 December 2018

Lebanese journalist goes on trial for covering migrant worker abuse allegations

Advox

Lebanon's Cybercrimes Bureau also asked him to sign a pledge to not speak about the case again, but he refused.

9 December 2018

Japan Times backtracks on editorial policy redefining ‘comfort women’ and ‘forced labor’

"We can discuss nuance all day long, but at the end of the day, it was Japan that invaded Korea and used slave labor."