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· January, 2009

Stories about Labor from January, 2009

Czech Republic: Jobless Foreign Laborers

The Czech Daily Word writes about the situation with several thousand foreign workers in the Czech Republic, who have lost their jobs and are now stuck in the country: “And...

Protest Video: Dancing Filipina Maids In Hong Kong

There are videos of dancing Filipinos which were conceptualized as a component of protest campaigns. Last month Juana Change videos became popular in the Philippines. These videos were used to...

Japan: Dual Employment System

Adamu from Mutantfrog questions if the dual employment system is an asset for Japan to deal with the economic crisis.

Poland, UK: “Reverse Migration of Poles”

As more Poles are reportedly leaving the UK, the POLSKI blog notes that “it may imply that the era of cheap Polish labour – and jokes – might be coming...

Poland: Back Home From the UK

the POLSKI blog writes that due to the crisis, many Poles are returning home from the UK – and others are encouraged to by a UK-based organization called “Poland Street.”

Malaysia: Support for retrenched workers

As companies reduce their operations in Malaysia, anilnetto highlights the need for a national retrenchment fund to support workers.

Russia: Notes on the Crisis, Movies

Megan Case writes about her trip to Russia: “Our friends had stories of their workplaces downsizing, several had been given an extra “vacation” (without pay) or received a pay cut....

Russia: Migration Issues

Window on Russia writes about a Ryazan Tajik activist's appeal to the Russian media to stop “fanning the flames of ethnic hatred against migrants” and the launch of the Migration-007...

Russia: Train Station, Migrant Workers and Pro-Kremlin Youth

LJ user drugoi posts pictures and video (RUS) from Moscow's Kazansky Train Station, where activists from a pro-Kremlin youth movement held a rally to encourage Central Asian migrant workers to...

Bahrain: Mafiwasta Interview on Rights of Migrant Workers

Bahraini Esra'a, at Mideast Youth, reposts an interview conducted by Migrant Rights with Nick McGeehan, founding member of human rights group Mafiwasta, set up in 2005 to bring to attention...

Slovenia: Ljubljiana Impressions

A Ljubljiana trip account – at Dr. Sean's Diary.

Belarus: A Roundup on Politics

Belated links to posts on media freedom, entrepreneurs’ protests, and web activism in Belarus, a country with the “100% opposition-free” parliament – at Andrei Khrapavitski's Belarusian American Blog.

Lithuania: Rioting in Vilnius

Lituanica reports on the riots in Vilnius: “82 rioters were detained, 15 people were injured. 2 million Litas of damage was done to Seimas. Some of the arrested had knifes,...

Latvia: Rioting in Riga

In his post about the Jan. 13 peaceful protest rally followed by rioting in Latvia's capital, Aleks Tapinsh of All About Latvia wrote that the country's PM had "told the...

Russia faces rapid unemployment growth

Sean's Russia Blog reports on how unemployment in Russia is rapidly rising, which the government e.g. deals with by increasing the number of policemen, apparently to preserve public order, as...

Saudi Arabia: Saudi women and their drivers

American Bedu talks about one of the cultural contradictions in the Saudi society. She takes the relationship between Saudi women and their drivers as an example.

Japan: Hakenmura, the Temp Workers Village

Over 300 people spent their nights between New Year`s Eve and the 5th of January in a tent camp stationed at Hibiya Park in central Tôkyô, referred to as 年越し派遣村...

Israel: Construction Workers From Gaza

There's a myriad of posts on the war in Gaza in the Russophone blogosphere right now, with the whole spectrum of opinions well-represented by Israeli and non-Israeli bloggers alike. The...

Singapore: Chambermaid vs foreign maid

Kaffein-nated from Singapore criticizes the inconsistency of a government minister who argues that it is honorable to be a chambermaid but working as a maid in other countries is a...

Malaysia: Campaign to boycott US goods

As a form of protest against Washington’s support for Israel, some Malaysians are boycotting U.S. products. Opinion in the Malaysian blogosphere is divided over the campaign.

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