· July, 2010

Stories about Labor from July, 2010

Qatar: Expats Question Future Plans

If you are a long term resident in one of the GCC countries, what are your long-term plans? What will you do when you return home? At Qatar Living, expatriates attempt to answer the inevitable question: What will you do when you return home?

Bangladesh: Minimum Wages Raised In Garments Sector

  28 July 2010

After long protests and bargaining with the employers and the workers, the Bangladesh Government has decided to raise the minimum wages to Tk. 3000 per month ($44) which is approximately double of the current minimum wages. Bloggers discuss how this impacts the workers and the industry.

Saudi Arabia: Dear Moron

In Saudi Arabia, all businesses shut down during prayer times. Ahmed Al-Omran sends out the following tweet: “Dear moron at post office who refused to serve me b/c “it's prayer time,” 1) u r a disgrace to this religion, & 2) I paid for this service.”

Taiwan: Foxconn and the shame of Taiwan

  23 July 2010

After 12 employees’ jump of buildings and one more jump in Chimei Innolux Corporation-a subsidiary company of Foxconn-on July 20, Chairman Terry (Tai-Ming) Gou was criticized by Taiwanese scholars as “the shame of Taiwan”, so he threatens to halt all investment in Taiwan. Blogger and book writer Kue-hsien Liao argues that...

Myanmar migrant workers in Thailand

  22 July 2010

Ladprao 64 writes about the situation of Myanmar migrant workers in Thailand and the role of the two governments in facilitating the welfare of the workers. The blogger also describes the difficulty in sending remittances from Thailand to Myanmar

Xenophobic Singapore?

  15 July 2010

In a blogpost titled Xenophobic Singapore, blogger Freak Thoughts traces the history of the city state to remind Singaporeans not to discriminate against Chinese immigrants.

Mexico: Interview with Migrant Worker from Michoacan

  15 July 2010

Hugo Torres shares [es] his interview with Ricardo, a 24-year-old migrant worker from Michoacán who moved to the United States when he was 19. He asks Ricardo everything from what it's like to cross over to the United States, how much money he makes at his job, and what he...

Brazil: High Index on Work Stress

  14 July 2010

A recent survey by Isma Brazil (International Stress Management Association) reveals that 30% of the economically active population of Brazil has already reached a burn out point at work, coming in just behind Japan. The reasons presented are long journeys, fear of dismissal and absence of a balance between effort...

Indonesia: Kretek cigarettes banned in the U.S.

  8 July 2010

The Kretek cigarette industry in Indonesia will be adversely affected by the looming United States ban on flavoured tobacco products. Rob Baiton writes about the impact of the ban on the welfare of workers in the industry

Guinea Bissau: Unfair Trading Promotes Poverty

  4 July 2010

A mini documentary titled Quem Paga? [Who Pays?, pt] featuring the production of cashew in Guinea Bissau – one of the five poorest countries in the world – unmasks the cycle of poverty being fueled by Western consumers, while demanding fair trade to put an end to poverty.

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