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· December, 2008

Stories about Labor from December, 2008

Fiji: Dispute over local jobs

A government infrastructure project in Fiji was delayed after local residents demanded that workers in the project should come from the local community.

Russia: A Muslim Trade Union?

Window on Eurasia writes that Central Asian migrant workers in the Urals are considering forming a “Muslim trade union.”

Egypt: Down sizing Car factory

In the middle of everybody's talk about Gaza's siege and Israeli brutal attack on Palestinians, Egyptian blogger Zeinobia is asking people not to forget Egyptian internal affairs. In her new...

Cuba: Subsidies

As “Raúl Castro reaffirmed the idea of ending subsidies”, Generation Y observes: “Between the symbolic price of a pound of rationed rice, and the enormous ‘slice’ of our salaries taken...

Southeast Asia: Controversies and tragedies of 2008

In the previous post (Southeast Asia: Newsmakers of 2008), I wrote about the major events that took place in Southeast Asia. In this article, I will highlight other stories which...

Haiti: Restavek

“In the truest definition of the word it means ‘one who stays with'”: Tara at The Livesay Haiti Weblog says that the Restavek system “might be one of the most...

Senegal: Domestic workers’ exploitation

Faty Dieng at Dakar Bondy Blog [Fr] denounces about the working conditions of domestic workers in Senegal, some of them as young as 16, which she describes “a form of...

Japan: Un-hiring fresh graduates

Job hunting for fresh graduates in Japan is an intense trial called shushoku katsudo or shukatsu for short. University students in their third year start shukatsu during the winter in...

Southeast Asia: Newsmakers of 2008

For Southeast Asia, 2008 was a year of terrible disasters, both natural and man-made. Rice consumption was reduced, milk products were contaminated with melamine, jobs were lost, bloggers were arrested,...

Bahrain: Comparing the Bahraini and Japanese work ethic

Bahraini blogger Yagoob is currently studying in Japan - and has seen firsthand the legendary Japanese work ethic. In this post he compares the attitude of many Bahrainis towards work...

Jamaica: Bailout Plan?

“It is indeed a sorry state of affairs. Usually in times of downturn, alcohol sales increase as people look to drown their sorrows!”: As employees of a rum manufacturer are...

Russia: The Crisis and The Potential For Unrest

In mid-October, Global Voices published a roundup of Anglophone bloggers' views on the financial crisis in Hungary, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Serbia and Ukraine. Below is another installment on the effects...

Japan, Brazil: A centenary of Japanese Immigration to Brazil.

In June 1908, the Japanese ship Kasato Maru docked in the Port of Santos after a 52-day voyage, bringing the first Japanese families to Brazil. A hundred years later and...

Cambodia: Situation of restaurant workers

Nguon Serath writes about the grim situation of restaurant workers in Cambodia.

Singapore: Discrimination against construction workers

After four months of staying in Singapore, electricstars observes: “The Bangladeshi and/or Indonesian construction workers are some of the most shunned and disfavoured people on this island.”

Estonia: Deportations, Artificial Hills, Gray Passports, and Layoffs

Itching for Eestimaa writes about Estonian women who survived the deportations of the 1940s, but whose tragic stories never found a reflection in the Soviet-time Estonian women's magazine, Nõukogude Naine....

Russia: Ethnicity, Labor Migration, Human Rights

A roundup on ethnicity, labor migration and human rights in Russia: IZO cites death statistics for Tajik labor migrants in Moscow. Moscow Through Brown Eyes writes about an attack on...

Bahamas: Sour Santa

Simon, blogging at Bahama Pundit, is convinced that Santa Claus is vex.

Brunei: The ‘Ali Baba’ syndrome

Brunei has the potential to achieve economic diversity. However, development is hampered by little or lack of productivity. The Bruneian Malay culture may in fact be one of the reasons...

Migrant Workers in the Gulf

Nimr, from America-Palestinian Kabobfest, discusses the issue of migrant workers in the Gulf – and how their governments are not fending for their rights thanks to the millions of remittance...

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