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· May, 2006

Stories about Labor from May, 2006

Hong Kong: June 4 and civic rights movement

  31 May 2006

The theme of June 4 candle night vigil this year is Civic Rights Movement in China. InMediaHK.net has a collections of articles including 1. the recent development of internet media and civic rights movement; 2. politics of memories concerning the Chinese cultural revolution and June 4 incident with a proposal...

Cambodia: Promotion Girl

  30 May 2006

Vutha in Cambodia looks at the life of Promotion Girls – girls hired to sell products in streetside cafes and markets.

Sri Lanka: Job losses and India

  29 May 2006

Given that a lot of outsourcing jobs go to India, Janapathi in the context of transnational job losses – ponders on why Sri Lankan executives lose their jobs to Indians.

Jordan: Unemployment

The percentage of educated individuals is continuously increasing and the number of schools and universities is on the rise as well; this is one of the successful trades and business models in Jordan and despite that the education fees are exploding every year; more students are enrolling and more graduates...

South Korea: Chinese labor unattractive

  29 May 2006

A post by James J. Na on The Korea Liberator blog looks at a decrease in Korean manufacturers doing business in China as labor conditions in the Communist state continue to improve, and costs rise. “They should do what the Chinese do already,” says Na: “go to Vietnam instead. And,...

The garments industry riots in Bangladesh

  26 May 2006

Whether we accept it or not, we all are chained humans, there is a master above us and we are a master of someone. And the exploitation continues. The truth is no hero or revolution is going to break the chain saving us anytime soon.

Iran: Bribing System

Karmand writes about bribing system in Iran. This blogger says if you are an employee either you get bribe or you keep silence about it. Blogger adds in country everybody is in competition to become rich and there is no rule in this competition (Persian). According to blogger humanity &...

Bangladesh: Labour issues continue

  25 May 2006

An update on the textile workers strike in Bangladesh, along with a recommended letter to the Bangladesh Ambassador or High Commissioner in your country at imperfect world 2006.

Hungary: Pension System Imminent Collapse

Paul of Further Ramblings of a N.Irish Magyar writes about the gloomy prospects of Hungarian pension system: “Without mass immigration of workers or a raising of the retirement age, the Hungarian pension system will, in all probability, collapse within the next 15 years.”

China: Migrant laborer shortage

  25 May 2006

The change of the labor market is one of the subjects China-based blogger-correspondent Fons Tuinstra tracks regularly at China Herald, and a post today looks at a newly-released study which offers, if not new insights, at least a wealth of useful demographics.

Bangladesh: Textile Workers Protest

  23 May 2006

Textile works in Bangladesh are protesting. Drishtipat covers the protest – “And now as I am writing Dhaka, Savar, Tongi and Gazipur are riot-zones. Thousands of ready-made garments workers are now on the street burning factories, cars and pelting stones at what to them are icons of endless repression they...

China: Rights news roundup

  23 May 2006

Celia in her China Activist Weekly news roundup this week looks at Kofi Annan's recent visit to China, the media ban on coverage of the fortieth anniversary of the beginning of the Cultural Revolution, the completion of the Three Gorges Dam, another mine collapse trapping at least forty miners and...

South Africa: COSATU strikes

  19 May 2006

Its The Question That Drives Us Mad comments on the COSATU led strikes in South Africa – Striking for jobs and discusses the role of unions in advancing workers rights.

Senegal: Tiff with France over “Chosen Immigration”

Commenting on a recent tiff between French Interior Minister Nicolas Sarkozy and Senegalese President Abdoulaye Wade over France's new policy of “choosing its immigration,” Forum Realisance says (Fr): “Wade is dead on because it is evident that France wants its pick of the best of African elites and takes for...

Poland: Different Kind of Diaspora

Aaron Fowles of p3 writes about young Polish friends who are planning to go to England to earn some money: “England is a shangri-la for many Polish people. It's the local version of the American dream: Work hard, earn money, be happy. Learn English for free.” Becca of Boo shares...

The Pride of Cambodia: Young Generation

  13 May 2006

A 15-year-old Cambodian girl has recently made news headline, following a gold medal award won by a 16-year-old boy. Among 196 candidates from 36 countries, Mom Charya is the winner of the International Junior Science Olympiad (IJSO) held in Indonesia. The exams in the competition included theory, problem solving, and...

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