Stories about Labor from March, 2008
China: Vlogger helped Child Labor back to School
Xu Alun, a vlogger hammering away at a point that "truth is power", exposed a moving story of three child coal haulers in Biji, a small city in the south of China, and with an effective advocacy of QQ groups, the story tended to circulate immediately, arousing great public concern.
Jamaica: Air Strike
Abeng News Magazine reports that “Air Jamaica's flight attendants returned to work late Tuesday after a sickout that caused the airline to cancel several flights”, while Jamaican Lifestyle looks at the issue from the underdog's perspective.
Egypt: University Faculty Staff Strike
“For the first time ever in Egyptian history, most Egyptian university faculty members went on strike as a first step towards forcing the government to improve their living conditions and the conditions of higher education in the country,” writes Eman from Egypt.
Egypt: University Strike Update
Zeinobia from Egypt updates us about the university professors strike.
Bahrain: Frustrated Hitch Hiker
Bahraini blogger emoodz discusses a talk he had with a frustrated hitch hiker in this post.
UAE: Labour Riot
The Emirates Economist links to several news sources about a massive labour riot in the United Arab Emirates, over the increasing cost of living.
South Korea: English Teacher Union
Robert Koehler from Marmot hole blogs about the setting up of foreign English teacher union in South Korea.
Egypt: Another strike and many protests
Egyptian doctors and university faculty have joined the crowds and decided to protest against their low salaries, writes Eman AbdElRahman, who brings us the latest reactions to labour strikes from the Egyptian blogosphere.
Qatar: Pledge to end human trafficking
At a Doha conference, Arab Gulf states have pledged to nip human trafficking in the bud. Or Does it Explode .. asks “Really?”
Korea: Part-time Lecturers and Suicide
A series of suicides of part-time college lecturers has been covered in Korean newspapers. Harsh criticisms against universities in Korea are not a few. But some netizens approach this news in other perspectives and it shows how academic jobs can be sometimes viewed.
Bangladesh: In Jeddah
Unheard Voices on the plight of Bangladeshi migrants in Jeddah (Saudi Arabia).
Jamaica: Rudeness & Productivity
Chronicles from a Caribbean Cubicle links to an article that proves “that the Jamaican worker is right — rudeness has been found to be correlated with productivity.”
Iran: An award for trade union leader,Osanloo
On the international action day “Free Osanloo“, 6 march 2008, the FNV awarded the Febe Elisabeth Velasquéz prize to Mansour Osanloo,jailed trade union leader in Iran.Watch the video here.
“Globalisation – it means more cross-border travel, trade, information and investment than ever before. But what does it mean for the average Bahamian?”: Larry Smith at Bahama Pundit finds out.
Estonia, Finland: Police
Itching for Eestimaa reports that “Estonia is considering hiring 300 unemployed Finnish police officers to handle its internal shortage of police.”
Kuwait: Increasing Prices
PhilQ8, a Filipina in Kuwait, complains about increasing prices for commodities.
Trinidad & Tobago: Servant or Master?
“The servant is in fact the master,” writes Jessica at Alien in the Caribbean, as she blogs about the region's poor customer service.
Nepal: Home and India
United We Blog! on a Nepali migrant worker coming home after working in India.
Egypt: Call to Socialist Bloggers
“I’m compiling a list of revolutionary socialist bloggers who are affiliated with the International Socialist Tendency groups… If you are one of them, please email me on egyptian[dot]bolshevik[at]gmail[dot]com … Get in touch, we need to start networking more… for workers’ power and international socialism…” writes Hossam El Hamalawy from Egypt.
Egypt: The Knights of Lebanon
From Egypt, The Arabist introduces us to a new profession in Lebanon. “There is a category for “knight.” A holdover from the Crusades?” he wonders.
Bahrain: Sleep, Food, TV, Sleep
Lizardo from Bahrain complains about unemployment in this post.