Stories about Labor from December, 2009
South Asia: Looking Back At 2009
The year 2009 is ending and its time to retrospect how the year has been for the South Asian region. In a two-part review we will look back at some of the major events which took place this year in the South Asian countries seen through the eyes of the citizen journalists.
Philippines: Blogs of Overseas Filipinos
Kablogs is an online portal that aggregates more than 300 blog links of Filipino expats and overseas Filipino workers.
Thailand's English as Second Language industry
A Filipino teacher-blogger in Thailand shares a brief background on the English as Second/Foreign Language (ESL/EFL) industry in the country.
Israel: National Policy Needed for Foreign Workers
Amir Mizroch advocates for a national policy to protect foreign workers in Israel. “You could see the migrant worker story as an inevitable cultural and economic phenomenon with huge potential benefits to Israel. Fields get tilled and houses get built. We enjoy their culture and they enjoy ours. Call it...
Poland: Language and Identity Abroad
Raf Uzar writes about the Polish language and identity abroad – here and here.
Video: International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers
Videos and activists observed the International Day to End Violence against Sex Workers, and here are some videos related to their efforts in ensuring rights to Sex Workers.
Barbados: British Airways Strike
Living in Barbados says that “the news that British Airways unions are threatening a strike to happen over the Christmas period” is worse news for a Caribbean island than the threat of hurricanes or volcanoes.
China: Development's Toll on Laborers
A second wave of pneumoconiosis cases has been reported among drilling and blasting workers in the southern city of Shenzhen. An article in Beijing Youth Daily reports 119 suspected pneumoconiosis cases among migrant workers from Zhangjiajie, Hunan Province who had engaged in drilling and blasting work in Shenzhen, Guangdong. This...
Russia: Three Stories of Extreme Poverty
Russian photojournalist Oleg Klimov shares three stories of extreme poverty that he happened to overhear while waiting for a train at the train station in Syzran, a city in Russia's Samara region.
Russia: “Free Labor or People For Rent” Video
LJ-user kashamanka [RUS] posted a video [RUS] where two women tell their stories of being tricked into working for a Moscow company that never paid them salaries.
France: The Day Without Immigrants
With the embittering background of the French official debate about "national identity", a "Day Without Immigrants" was announced to take place on the 1st of March, 2010. How would the economy and society fare if so-called immigrants suspended all activity during 24 hours ?