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· July, 2009

Stories about Labor from July, 2009

Cuba: Political Prisoners

Cuban diaspora blogger Uncommon Sense reports that while one former political prisoner has started a blog, another Cuban human rights activist “faces up to 8 years in prison if convicted...

Situation of Indonesian farmers

Maya observes that Indonesian farmers are still suffering, especially during food crisis.

Jamaica: Gladys Bustamante Passes On

Repeating Islands acknowledges the passing of 97-year-old Gladys Bustamante, “the widow of Jamaica’s first prime minister and a fierce supporter of women’s and workers’ rights.”

China: How Buildings Are Built In Shenzhen

ESWN translated a short piece (with photo) from Voice of China BBS featuring Lao Liu, who used pole to carry bricks off the boats for 21 years at the Xixiang...

Bangladesh, South Korea: Bandhobi, Addressing Migrant Workers’ Issues

Bangladeshi blogger Fahmidul Haque introduces us [bn] to a Korean Movie which features the love between a Bangladeshi migrant worker and a South Korean teenager girl and addresses migrant workers'...

Philippines: Underwear protest

Workers who lost their jobs after the closure of an undergarment factory held a protest action in front of a government labor office by throwing bras and panties in the...

Bangladesh: Practice of child labour

Monjuraul at Muktangan discusses[bn] the condition of child labourers in Bangladesh.

Brazil: Amnesty for illegal immigrants sparks hope and controversy

A new amnesty for illegal immigrants has just become law in Brazil, benefiting between 50,000 and 200,000 people. The hope is that the amnesty will bring at least better working...

Philippines: Protest of KFC workers

Filipino employees of KFC, a popular fastfood chain, staged a picket-rally to protest the “illegal” dismissal of many workers in the country.

Japan: Unemployment in Japan by Region

Curzon from Mutantfrog posts a map that shows unemployment in Japan by region.

Philippines: Testimony of a worker with HIV

Rina, a former domestic helper from the Philippines, shares how she acquired HIV while working in Dubai.

Taiwan: Call for Reduced Sentence of a Chinese Worker

TIWA starts a petition for reduced sentence of an injured Chinese worker Liu Hanghuang who stabbed to of his Taiwanese employers after he failed to commit suicide.

Bahrain: Having Respect For Yourself

Rick Beeman, an American based in Bahrain, is back in the USA for a visit – and wonders about the behaviour of certain Americans: “These people didn’t seem to have...

Latvia: The one-way street of economic crisis

Nouvelle Europe discusses [FR] the economic crisis in Latvia, with widespread wage cuts and imminent collapse of the financial sector, indicating no apparent way out of the crisis in the...

Bahrain, Oman: The Lives Of Migrant Workers

Migrant workers, the majority from South Asia, form a large part of the population in the countries of the Gulf. In this post we hear the experience of two individuals...

Ghana: Bloggers Discuss Business Process Outsourcing

Few know that A.T.Kearney rated Ghana as sub-Saharan Africa's number one Business Process Outsourcing destination in 2005 and, as of June 2009, the nation’s achievements in this field look set...

Trinidad & Tobago: Alutrint Accounts

“We badly want to see…what the State has spent on Alutrint, what it will spend, and what it will gain”: A Trinidad and Tobago-based anti-smelter blog is concerned that “the...

Japan: Aokigahara and Suicide

Matt Holland at Feedbackward on Aokigahara, and Meaningful Suicide in Japan – “The ubiquitous and accessible nature of trains in Japan make them a logical and effective choice for those...

Japan: Implications of the Population Crisis

Ian Wright at Japanian analyzes the implications of the diminishing population in Japan from an economic, political, and military point of view.

Bermuda: New Hotel

Bermudian bloggers discuss the pros and cons of the proposed construction of a new hotel on the island.

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