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· March, 2012

Stories about Labor from March, 2012

Spain: General Strike Across Cities and Neighborhoods

Hundreds of people took the streets around cities and neighborhoods in Spain yesterday to participate in a general strike (29M) to protest against proposed government cuts to indispensable social services....

Spain: General Strike After Only 100 Days of Government

Spain's main trade unions have called a general strike for today, March 29, with the aim of paralyzing the country, and forcing the government to back down on implementing measures...

The Cuba the Pope Leaves Behind

Pope Benedict XVI's trip to Cuba has come to an end, a visit bookended by the Castro brothers: President Raul Castro greeting the pontiff at the airport and Fidel Castro...

Russia: Kenyans at Pro-Putin Rally Identified As Moscow Circus Acrobats

A month ago, the video of a group of anonymous Kenyan men, who allegedly participated in a pro-Putin rally, received much attention on the RuNet. One blogger recognized the Kenyans...

Video: Indigenous Communities Document their Growth and Governance

The Indigenous Territory and Governance Platform is made up of a series of institutions all working together to provide the indigenous people of Latin America the tools and resources to...

Italy: Protests Blaze Over High-Speed Rail to France

The last few weeks have been particularly important (and controversial) for the "No Tav" movement, which, since 1981, has opposed the construction of a high speed train line between Turin...

Spain: Are You For or Against EuroVegas?

The CEO of Las Vegas Sands, multibillionaire Sheldon Adelson, has decided to establish his next hotel-casino complex EuroVegas in Spain. If the Spanish government seems enthusiastic about this project, the...

Colombia: Video Contrasts Ads Vs. Reality of Oil Extraction Companies

In Is Pacific Rubiales Really Colombia? [es] the people of Puerto Gaitán contradict the statements made by oil and mineral extraction corporation Pacific Rubiales’ television ads where community members state...

Bolivia: Remembering Domitila Barrios de Chungara

Emily Achtenberg, in the blog Rebel Currents, profiles Domitila Barrios de Chungara, “long-time social activist, union leader, feminist, revolutionary, and national heroine who died March 13 in Cochabamba at age...

Colombia: New Pension System ‘Colpensiones’ Sparks Protests

After the government announced the transfer of the Social Security Institute [es] (ISS), a public pension fund, to Colpensiones  [es], the new state entity that will administer the pension system starting...

South Korea: Major Network TV Journalists and Producers Joined Forces in Protest For Fair Journalism

Following MBC workers’ indefinite strike against the company president and his censorship of news contents, journalists, producers and union workers of other major TV networks have joined the protest calling...

Malaysia to Impose Minimum Wage Policy Soon

Malaysia has reportedly set a minimum wage policy for the first time in the country’s history. Netizens discuss whether the measure will be good for the economy.

Honduras: The Effects of Open-Pit Mining

Poet, activist and blogger Fabricio Estrada blogs [es] about the effects of open-pit mining in the town of San Ignacio, Honduras. His posts includes numerous photos of the town.

Unemployment Woes of Young Singaporeans

Gilbert Goh writes about the unemployment woes faced by young Singaporeans, in particular those who belong to the so-called Generation Y.

Lebanon: Is Social Media Useful?

“I always ask myself whether the Lebanese online community is actually making things better by raising awareness or is just trying to reach out to more people?” writes Najib questioning  the usefulness...

South Korea: Flight Attendants Demand Right To Wear Trousers

On International Women's Day, flight attendants from one of South Korea's major airlines held a press conference in front of airline headquarters to demand the right to wear trousers. Korean...

South Korea: Journalists Stage Mass Walkout from National Broadcaster

Journalists of one of South Korea's biggest commercial television networks, the Munhwa Broadcasting Corporation (MBC), have been on indefinite strike since January 2012 demanding fair journalism free of political interference....

Singapore: Domestic Workers Finally Get A Weekly Day Off

After a four-year campaign initiated by migrant worker NGOs, foreign domestic workers in Singapore will finally get a day off a week starting next year. But not everyone is happy...

China: Net Initiative to Help Occupational Lung Disease Sufferers

A netizen initiated charity project 'Love Save Pneumoconiosis', was launched in mid 2011, to help out sufferers of pneumoconiosis. This occupational lung disease, caused by inhalation of dust, particularly affects...

Guatemala: Empowering Communities Through Pedal Powered Machines

Maya Pedal is an organization in Guatemala that specializes in bringing progress through secondhand bicycles. Those that aren't usable as bicycles anymore get turned into pedal powered machines to help...

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