Stories about Labor from August, 2010
Brazil: Bolivian Immigration in Numbers
Journalist Leonardo Sakamoto questions on his blog [pt], the official statistic placing Bolivia in the fortieth position as a source of immigrants to Brazil. An activist against slave labor, Sakamoto comments that hundreds come in yearly and are often explored in underemployment jobs, particularly in the greater São Paulo area.
South Korea: Extras Went On Strike
In South Korea, about one hundred extras from movies and soap operas went on strike, protesting over low pay and verbal abuse in the work place, South Korea's Segye [kr] reported.
Australia: Left Perspectives on Hung Parliament
Reacting to Australia's national elections held on Saturday 21 August, one outcome is certain: neither Julia Gillard's Labor government or Tony Abbott's conservative Liberal/National Coalition have won a majority of seats.
Thailand: Attitude towards migrant workers
Sanitsuda Ekachai criticizes the “repressive” policies of Thailand which target migrant workers. Most of Thailand's migrant workers come from the neighbouring country of Myanmar.
Peru: The Little Girl Drawing on a Street in Huancayo
Juan Arellano writes in his blog Globalizado [es] about a girl on a street in Huancayo who captured his attention because she didn't act like other children working on the street: she was drawing on the ground. He recorded a short video of their conversation.
China: Prostitution, Reality, Hypocrisy and Human Lives
What good does punishing women involved in the sex trade do when the gangs, corporations, and clients are left largely untouched?
Chile: 33 Trapped Miners Are Alive
33 miners trapped inside a collapsed copper and gold mine in northern Chile confirmed on a small note that all of them are alive inside a shelter, thus revitalizing search and rescue efforts when hopes of finding them alive were fading. The note surfaced inside a bag attached to one of the drills that managed to reach the exact location where they are located, 2,300 feet (700 meters) underground.
U.S.A.: Russophone Students Blog About Work and Travel Program
Every summer thousands of college students from Russia, Ukraine and other former Soviet countries come to the United States to take part in the Work and Travel USA program. Many blog about their experiences and impressions.
Mozambique: Discussing Culture of Work in Africa
The statement that was made by the billionaire Mo Ibrahim, during his recent visit to Mozambique, saying that “Africans don't have a culture of work”, drew a response from Rui Guerra at blog Prestigío [pt]. Blog ma-schamba [pt] goes even further with a deep reflection on the way Mozambican people...
Japan: Where taking a vacation is a no-no
Lying lazily in the shadow of an umbrella on a beach, being a tourist and wandering around the streets of an unknown city with a guide book in your hands, or just relaxing at home enjoying free time. These seem to be the trivial options for holidaymakers – that is, if they don't live in Japan.
Republic of Congo: Anniversary of 50 Years of Independence Under the Shadow of Unemployment
Benjamin Bilombot Bitadys at Congopage writes that it's puzzling that Congo-Brazzaville is spending 27 billions of CFA francs on the celebration of the anniversary of the independence (August 15) when 53% of the population (mostly young people) is still unemployed [fr].
India: The State Of Online Career Networks
Parisista started an experiment to assess the state of affairs of the online career portal market in India and shares the results.
Zimbabwe: Hard questions about xenophobia in Africa
Chris Kabwato of Zimbabwe in Pictures responds to five “hard questions” about xenophobia in Africa. “Every society has to deal with its neighbours…” Kabwato writes. “I am not justifying xenophobia. Just don’t try to make black South Africans feel guilty all the time and not raise legitimate issues around foreigners...
Singapore: Proposal to remove retirement age
Sam Ho reacts to the suggestion of former Singapore Prime Minister to remove the retirement age so that ‘active seniors’ can continue to work.
Kuwait: Rise in Suicides among Migrant Workers
“Over the past two months, there have been 23 reported cases of suicide or attempted suicide by migrant workers in Kuwait, meaning that about every 2.5 days a migrant worker commits or attempts suicide in Kuwait,” writes Fatima, at Mideast Youth.
Bangladesh: Visitors Share Their Thoughts On Grameen Ventures
This summer, eight students and faculty members from the Master of Public Administration program of the Northern Kentucky University in Kentucky, USA are completing an internship at Grameen Bank in Bangladesh. They have made numerous field visits and are recording their experiences in their blogs using texts, pictures and videos.
Indonesia: Labour rights violations
EngageMedia uploads a documentary which features the story of an Indonesian worker who lost his factory job after joining a union strike.
Morocco: Race and Racism
In Morocco, the discussion of race and racism is sometimes taboo. In this post, Jillian C. York sums up the thoughts of several bloggers, in reaction to a post on racism against Black people in the country.
China: Rural migrant workers need love too!
As if rural migrant workers did not need love before, the state own T.V recently discovered that the post 80s rural migrant workers need love and therefore organized a special episode of If You Are the One for this specific social group. More from DANWEI.