Stories about Labor from May, 2015
Despite Attacks by Guards and Thugs, These Factory Workers in the Philippines Remain on Strike
About 90 percent of the workforce in the factory are contractuals or temporary workers. The striking workers were violently dispersed by goons reportedly hired by the company.
No Protection for Quetta's Vulnerable Child Garbage Sellers
Like thousands of other children in Balochistan's capital city Quetta, 12 year-old Jummah and 11 year-old Razzaq are forced into child labor because of extreme poverty.
Philippines’ Deadliest Ever Factory Fire Linked to Lax Labor Standards
An initial probe reveals that the factory violated several occupational health and safety standards, despite the government's assurances to the contrary.
Japan's ‘Employment Ice Age’ Is Over for New Grads
The April 2015 employment rate of 96.7 percent for new post-secondary graduates has surpassed the 2008 employment rate, just prior to the start of the long global economic downturn.
For Venezuelans, Job Opportunities Lie Just Over the Border in Brazil
In light of the devaluation of the Venezuelan bolivar, Venezuelans are crossing the border to work in Brazil and then return home with their earnings.
#IFellAsleepToo: Sleeping Latin American Doctors Go Viral
#YoTambienMeDormi Atte:@kellypeto pic.twitter.com/00hXx8iJBe — Iván Hernández (@DrIvanHdez) Mayo 12, 2015 I Fell Asleep Too. Sincerely: @kellypeto It's a trending topic under the hashtag #YoTambienMeDormi (#IFellAsleepToo). In one week, there have been 17,500 comments on Twitter. The stories of tens of thousands of doctors in Mexico and Latin America who are sharing...
Along Morocco’s Border With a Spanish Enclave, Women Shoulder Twice Their Weight ‘to Earn a Morsel of Bread’
These women carry loads of 100-200 lbs for the chance to earn $5 per day across the border from Spain's Ceuta to Morocco.
Philippines Deports Thai Worker for Insulting Filipinos on Facebook
Some Filipinos in Thailand criticized the deportation: "Offensive, hateful and downright irresponsible as [the remarks] are, they were not criminal."
What Happens When Japan Goes on a Week-Long Vacation?
There are mixed emotions as Japan's extended holiday ends. Some are sad to return to work, while others welcome life's return to normal.
Workers Celebrate Labor Day by Joining Street Protests Across Southeast Asia
Tens of thousands of workers across the region trooped to the streets to demand higher wages, benefits, and other improvements amid rising living costs.
The Heartbreaking Story of a Woman Enslaved in Mexico
A chilling case of modern enslavement has shocked Mexico and raised awareness about a problem many don't know still exists.
Filipino Workers’ Lives in Paintings by Antipas ‘Biboy’ Delotavo
A visual artist exposes the troubling impact of poverty, oppression, colonialism, and injustice in the Philippines.