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· 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...

Bangladesh: Minimum Wages Raised In Garments Sector

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...

India: Shortage Of Nepali Labors In Himachal Pradesh

Nityin at Himachal Live blog reports that the farmers in the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh are facing problems as there is a shortage of Nepali migrant labors in this...

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...

Taiwan: Foxconn and the shame of Taiwan

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...

Singapore: Immigration compared with other countries

Blowin’ in the Wind reviews a report comparing Singapore emigration and immigration with other countries. The report notes that Singapore has the highest immigration rate in Asia Pacific after Hong...

Panama: Questioning Strength of Panamanian Democracy After Protests Against Law 30 and Martinelli

Pilar Chato writes [es] for the blog Oye about the recent violent protests by banana plantation workers in Bocas del Toro that lasted nine days and, as she reports, left...

Myanmar migrant workers in Thailand

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...

Moldova: Shutting out the world

Morning in Moldova argues that Moldovans only look east to Russia and west to the European Union, in the process mentally shutting out the rest of the world.

Sri Lanka: Hiring People

Netpreneur at Entrepreneur Musings talks about the challenges of hiring people for a new startup in Sri Lanka.

Japan: Basic English skills, a must for today's workers

In a post titled English necessary for today’s Japanese workers? [en] Adumu at Mutantfrog reflects on a recent debate on the state of English in Japan.

Iran: Bazaars Closed for Business as Merchant Strikes Continue

Merchant strikes in the main bazaar of Tehran have entered a second week in protest of higher taxes. Several citizen journalists reported this event, while official media keeps silent and...

Philippines: Discrimination Against Filipinos in Baltimore Hospital

Four Filipina staffers of the Bon Secours Baltimore Health System in Baltimore City were recently fired from their jobs for speaking Filipino during their lunch break. Bloggers share their views...

Singapore: Discrimination against obese health workers

Ravi Philemon writes about the reported discrimination against overweight health workers in Singapore

Xenophobic Singapore?

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

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...

Brazil: High Index on Work Stress

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...

Palestine: Gaza to Eilat and Back

At the Sabbah Report, Omar Gharaieb shares the experiences of M.K., who went on a ‘trip’ from Gaza to Eilat and back in this post.

Egypt: Rehabilitation for Police Officers?

Egyptian Mostafa writes: “Since change from the top seems unlikely. Civil society should establish programs to reach out and provide alternative career options for current police officers who are willing...

Indonesia: Kretek cigarettes banned in the U.S.

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...

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