Stories about Labor from September, 2009
"Your name [is] on the computer." With those words Cairo-based Swedish journalist and blogger Per Bjorklund is being turned away from the Cairo Airport, where he landed a few hours ago. Egypt's bloggers are angry and speaking up against it.
“How do we handle fast shifts in the economy and in people's behavior?” asks Ami Vider of Tel Aviv Tomorrow, reflecting on how businesses respond to the physical presence of digital workers.
“If manpower is our strength, proper foreign language training at home will be a small step in equipping them better to settle down in foreign territories. A change of perception at our language expertise and workforce, especially the young, is vital now,” comments Bangladesh Corporate Blog.
A blog was set-up to highlight and report the activities and findings of the International Labor Organization High-Level Mission to the Philippines. The ILO mission aims to investigate the alleged human rights violations experienced by Filipino workers under the incumbent government.
A recent report on income disparities between black and white employees in Bermuda triggers some statistical analysis by 21 Square. “The sad reality … is that white Bermudians are more likely to hold a higher level of education and thus are more likely to earn more.”
Comments ranged from scornful to incredulous upon the release of a government study blaming underskilled expat laborers for Qatar's falling productivity rate. Shabina Khatri taps into the discussion and brings us the latest buzz.
Senator Edward "Ted" Kennedy’s passing on August 25, 2009 has stirred a flurry of blog posts among the Latino community in the United States, since the late Kennedy was a vocal ally on immigrant rights.
Just Minishorts from Malaysia has a complaint against persistent and impolite telemarketers who offer various financial packages which she doesn't need
Ukrainiana cites this year's Prices and Earnings report by UBS, Europe's second-largest bank: “On average, it takes 82 hrs of work to buy an iPod Nano in Kyiv, compared to 10.5 hrs in Toronto, 9 hrs in New York, 36 hrs in Moscow and 45.5 hrs in Warsaw.”
Irrawaddy reports about a twelve-year-old scavenger called Maung Chan Thar, whose name means “Master of Wealth” in Burmese.
Bermuda Jewel wishes everyone a happy Labour Day!
Bahraini blogger Flymenian wonders about the use of foreign labour in Bahrain: “I'm not here to say that foreigners are all bad and we do not need them, I'm simply saying instead of importing idiots to fill stupid positions why can't we employ our own idiots; at least they are...
Brunei Doctors Mess Club lists the holiday allowances and other benefits which are due for Brunei doctors.
A new public transit bus system launched in time for the FIFA World Cup 2010 in South Africa is being met with vociferous protests from drivers of taxis (mini busses). South African bloggers discuss.
Yoko Akimoto wrote a letter to Asia social movements mailing list on the implications of the landslide victory of Democratic Party in the General Election on social movement in Japan. The letter is reposted at interlocals.net.