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· August, 2012

Stories about Labor from August, 2012

Guyana: Social Media Plays Role in Linden Solidarity Protests

The protests in Linden have spawned other protests in solidarity, both in Guyana and overseas - and social media, in the form of blogs, online videos and Facebook - have...

South Africa: ‘Apartheid Era’ Police Brutality at Mine Massacre

"16th of August 2012 will go down in South African history as the new Sharpeville. 45 dead because police and the South African government cannot handle an independent union movement."...

Italy: Uncertain Future for Polluting Ilva Steel Plant – and its 12,000 Employees

Europe's biggest steel plant in Taranto, Italy, has been put under judicial seizure: the last chapter of a complex struggle involving high environmental risks and occupational issues. Along with street...

China: International Scholars Call on Guangdong Government to Stop Repression against Labor NGOs

SACOM posts an open letter jointly signed by a group of international scholars, urging the Guangdong government to stop suppressing labour NGOs.

Is China's Africa Policy Failing?

The news of a Chinese mining boss being allegedly killed by striking workers in Zambia has caught Chinese netizens' attention, prompting them to compare the working conditions in both countries...

Sri Lanka: Time To Rethink The School Examination System

Serendipity questions the lack of credibility of the School Examination System in Sri Lanka and relates how that is contributing to the growing unemployment in the country.

Nepal: Saving Migrant Workers In The Gulf

In reaction to the recent ban on Nepali female workers to the Gulf, Guffadi thinks that it is just a symbolic ban while the real culprits, the manpower agencies, roam...

Bangladesh: The Yard & The Manimals

Atik Ullah Sayeed posts a photo essay on the Shipbreaking industry in Bangladesh.

Bulgaria: Don't Dismantle the Train Services!

Bulgarian blog “Работнически глас” (Worker's Voice) publishes [bg] a few photographs of a protest on Sofia's Central Railway Station. Held on August 9, this flashmob gathered around 100 people who...

Zambia: Chinese Mining Boss Allegedly Killed by Striking Workers

The tragic death of a Chinese supervisor at a coal mine in southern Zambia allegedly at the hands of striking workers demanding the implementation of the new minimum wage policy...

Mauritania: Bribery and String-Pulling, Made in China

"The Chinese accused of bribing escaped any legal pursuit. What matters is, as far as I know, that he is the first civil servant to report a bribery case in...

Egypt: Social Justice for All

The Egyptian non-profit media collective Mosireen [en, ar] is “born out of the explosion of citizen journalism and cultural activism in Egypt during the revolution”. The group of filmmakers and...

South Korea: Mass Firing of TV Writers from Investigative Program

Although an unprecedentedly long strike by workers from South Korea's largest TV network, MBC, officially ended in mid-July, complaints and anger has yet again resurfaced after the network fired every...

Singapore: ‘Transient Workers Count Too’ Website

The ‘Transient Workers Count Too’ website provides research and direct assistance to low-wage migrant workers in Singapore. Their recent initiative was to raise funds for two Chinese workers who were...

Tanzania: Teachers’ Strike De-stabilizes the Nation

Teachers in Tannzania have been on a strike to urge the government to pay their unpaid dues and to improve their benefit and salaries. The strike followed, after the Teacher's...

Mauritania: Mining Workers Protest ‘New Kind of Slavery’

More than 2,300 laborers are protesting in the Mauritanian northern mining city of Zouerat, which has led to complete paralysis at some ten National Mining and Industrial Company sites, in...

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