Stories about Labor from August, 2006
South Korea: ILO Pusan
Jamie from Two Koreas tells us how the International Labour Organization's meeting is going on in Busan now.
Poland: On Migrant Labor, Again
The beatroot writes about “free movement of labour” and responds to a “deranged” commenter who, among other things, is “favorably comparing the Nazi invasion and the Holocaust to the influx of a few hundred thousand Poles and others to the UK.”
South Korea: media worker union
Cho Jun Sang, president of the labour union of the South Korean newspaper ‘Hankyoreh’ talks about the background and concern of South Korea media workers union in Asia Media Forum.
Serbia: Unemployment and Low Salaries
While Serbian citizens are preoccupied with bare survival, the country's media and politicians focus on the need to extradite individuals wanted by the Hague tribunal. A few days ago, Serbian Prime Minister Vojislav Kostunica announced he would not put up with people like Mladic, who is accused of committing atrocities...
Iran: One day salary for Lebanon!
Faryad says one day of his/her mother's salary reduced on her pay check in the name of helping Lebanon! The blogger says it is a very ugly act to reduce somebody's salary for a cause without asking him [Fa]. The blogger adds he/she does not know this salary reduction only...
Romania: Facing Same Bigotry as the Poles?
Andy H of Csikszereda Musings writes (here and here) about the problems faced by the Polish migrant laborers in Britain – and whether the same awaits Bulgarians and Romanians.
Poland: Emigration to Europe and Crime
Boo and Warsaw Station write about crime and the Polish laborers in Europe.
Belarus: Blogosphere Digest
TOL's Belarus Blog reviews what was being said on Belarusian blogs and online forums between August 17 and 22.
Trinidad & Tobago: CSME politics
Jamaican Francis Wade is disturbed at the Trinidad and Tobago opposition leader's efforts to politicise the Caricom Single Market and Economy and tries to discern the thinking behind it.
Hungary, Poland: Crime Roundup
Further Ramblings of a N.Irish Magyar writes about the deportation of ex-con Gabor Magosztovics (aka Joe Dinardo, aka Ironman “during his heavyweight boxing career”) from Canada to Hungary. The beatroot writes about Scottish teenagers being punished for attacks on Polish immigrants with a trip to Poland. Our Man in Gdansk...
China: my future is not a dream
The Asia Media Forum introduces a T.V soap drama, My future is not a dream, in China (Sichuan). It's tareget audience are rural migrant workers, whose dreams are starting small business. The drama is a collaboration between the TV network, the International Labour Organisation (ILO), the Start and Improve Your...
Belize: Hopkins Village
Lee considers the future of a Garifuna village in Belize, which “is disappearing little bit by little bit. Not to beach erosion but to an influx of million dollar concrete beachfront homes and resorts,” and links to an article with quotations from both residents of the area and visitors.
Iran: Photos & Released syndicate leader
Kosoof, photoblogger and journalist has published several photos of Mansour Osanloo, leader of bus drivers’ syndicate after being released from jail. He had been arrested at the beginning of this year after leading a bus strike in Tehran.
Romania: Spain-Based Diaspora
Andy H. of Csikszereda Musings writes about the Romanians living in Spain and how “Romanian has become shorthand for all Eastern European immigrants” in Western Europe.
Hong Kong: domestic helpers
BWG comments on the exploitation of domestic helpers in Hong Kong by employers and recruitment agences.
China: Hooker unions, uniting bloggers and qualitative and quantitative data from the Chinese blogsphere
One stock narrative for MSM reports on China is the untabooing of sex since Mao died. Indeed, a trip to the countryside reveals unsettling numbers of STD treatment posters and abortion hotline ads can frequently be seen on the rear windows of taxis in most cities. While sensationalist stories about...
Bhutan: testing English language skills
South Asia Biz reports that a Bhutanese IT company failed to recruit required 80 people because only 39 out of almost 500 applied could pass the recruitment test. The test was mainly concentrated on English language skills. The firm dismissed the candidates' accusation that the test was tough quoting the need of world class standard employees to get a 'medical transcription' outsourcing contract.
Poland: Britain's Fear of the “Polish Plumber”
The beatroot criticizes the coverage of Polish migrant workers in two British newspapers, the Daily Mail and the Guardian: “But, alas, PC seems to cover every ethnicity these days except the white working class, and those from central and eastern Europe.”