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Stories about Labor

25 January 2019

Sri Lankan tea estate workers take to the streets to demand fair wages

'Companies say they don't have profit, govt says it doesn't have money, ministers make so many promises[...] workers want only Rs. 1000 daily basic wage for the work they do'.

5 January 2019

As international factory safety group ordered to leave Bangladesh, garment workers fear return to deadly work conditions

In April 2013, a garments factory collapse at the Rana Plaza building in Savar, Bangladesh, left 1,134 people dead. The tragedy exposed the lack of safety of Bangladesh's garment industry,...

2 January 2019

China persecutes independent leftists in the name of Marxism

While many Marxists believe in workers' struggle as the driving force for social and political transformation, Chinese ideologues consider young leftist students’ who stand by workers' rights simply troublemakers.

26 December 2018

Macedonian sex workers protest to demand decriminalization as antidote to violence

Macedonian sex workers took to the streets to demand fair and humane labor practices on the International Day to Stop Violence Against Sex Workers.

21 December 2018

Defying the odds as a woman entrepreneur in Afghanistan

After years of struggle Shukria Attaye owns a successful dairy farm that counts her elder brother among its employees.

10 December 2018

Lebanese journalist goes on trial for covering migrant worker abuse allegations

Advox

Lebanon's Cybercrimes Bureau also asked him to sign a pledge to not speak about the case again, but he refused.

9 December 2018

Japan Times backtracks on editorial policy redefining ‘comfort women’ and ‘forced labor’

"We can discuss nuance all day long, but at the end of the day, it was Japan that invaded Korea and used slave labor."

8 December 2018

Massive farmers’ march highlights India’s stark inequality

In 2018, Indian farmers staged two big protests to draw the Central Government's attention to the deepening agrarian crisis and resulting farmer suicides. Will these really change their future?

22 November 2018

How Bangladesh's airport authorities are using YouTube to change public behaviour

Thanks to innovative efforts using YouTube and Facebook, airport authorities have begun to decrease crime and help passengers in Bangladesh's biggest airport.

16 November 2018

Saudi Arabia's execution of another migrant worker angers Indonesians and strains an already fraught diplomatic relationship

According to the Indonesian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, about 103 Indonesians were handed death sentences in Saudi Arabia between 2011 and 2018.

15 November 2018

One year on, Brazil’s ‘unrestricted outsourcing’ law fails to create jobs

A recent Federal Supreme Court's decision to approve unrestricted outsourcing may lead to job instability in Brazil.

29 October 2018

Paramilitary group killed farmers in Philippines sugar plantation, fact-finding mission says

The "Sagay 9" massacre was the single most deadly attack against peasant activists under the Rodrigo Duterte administration.

10 October 2018

Japanese television program turns migrant raids and deportations into entertainment

"With no deep insights, without even a shred of critical analysis and the stupidity of superficial entertainment, [this] is the worst television program on Japanese television today."

19 September 2018

Serbian president apologizes for ‘stupidly’ citing The Onion, a satirical news platform

'I don't blame my advisers, if I had thought that through and if I wasn't tired I would realize it's odd,' Vučić said, adding that it's normal to make mistakes.

18 September 2018

Japan moves to accept more workers from abroad, but public opinion remains divided

Japan may have little choice but to accept more workers from abroad to cope with an expected shrinkage in the working population caused by an aging and low birth rates.

13 August 2018

Romania's paediatrician shortage crisis signals red flags about its healthcare system

Several hospitals in towns outside the capital Bucharest operate with only one pediatrician on duty. When they take a vacation, the unit has to shut down.

2 August 2018

Filipinos urged to #BoycottNutriAsia for attacking the strike of workers

"Mothers and fathers who are always doing grocery, I'm asking your help to #BoycottNutriasia. Here are their brands."

23 July 2018

In Hong Kong's gig economy, freedom remains elusive for most ‘slashies’

The 'slashie', according to Hong Kong's media, is the worker who embraces the gig economy by choice rather than necessity. But is that an accurate portrait of all outsourced work?

16 July 2018

Are these the last Dropka yak herders in Sikkim?

A community in the northern Indian state of Sikkim experiences challenges which threaten the existence of its traditional occupation of yak herding.

14 June 2018

On being black in the white-dominated aid industry

The Bridge

"...the responses of other black women in the sector about the mental gymnastics and marginalization one has to engage in to survive were all too familiar."