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Stories about Labor

COVID-19, locusts and floods: East Africa's triple dilemma

East Africa's "triple threat" — the coronavirus, locusts, and floods — are not mutually exclusive. In fact, each is inextricably linked.

COVID-19 in Palestine: Living between hope and fear

A deterioration of the political situation in Palestine could adversely impact the COVID-19 crisis and directly impact local civilians in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank.

In Mexico, relief program ‘insufficient’ to keep 30 million informal workers at home

"If I don't sell, I don't eat. It's that simple."

‘Clean city-state’ image of Singapore shows double-standards in its treatment of migrants in times of COVID-19

"....even if you do most things right, if you're not considering or proactively looking out for the most vulnerable and marginalised in society, you're not going to effectively fight #COVID19."

COVID-19 creates more uncertainty for migrant workers in India

The spread of COVID-19 in India leads to economic and geographical displacement of migrant workers.

For Nepal's migrant and daily wage workers, lockdown is more dangerous than the coronavirus

Domestic daily wage labourers and migrant workers are among those hardest hit by the COVID-19 restrictions imposed in Nepal.

Cameroon battles COVID-19 alongside separatist war and strained health care system

Cameroon has the highest number of COVID-19 cases in the region. As the virus becomes a reality, citizens must adjust to this new threat amid the ongoing separtist conflict.

India's COVID-19 lockdown leaves vulnerable populations to fend for themselves

While the government has guaranteed essential services to be exempt from the lockdown, poorer sections of the population have been left in the lurch even in the capital.

Nigeria’s elite ‘above the law’ as the poor struggle with COVID-19 measures

The majority of Nigeria's poor live by the day in overcrowded and squalid shanties, without running water and modern toilet facilities. They cannot and will not survive a lockdown. 

Cambodian garment workers strike over unpaid wages amid COVID-19 outbreak

"We cannot let the employers give excuses to delay paying workers’ wages, because workers are in debt and they cannot make an excuse to delay their expenses."

Market mayhem in Uganda as COVID-19 measures upend women’s lives

In Uganda, sudden COVID-19 restrictions have led to increased violence against women in the informal sector, who continue to work as vendors to feed their families.

Papua New Guinea nurses strike over lack of protection against COVID-19

"Staff safety is paramount and those in authority must put themselves into our shoes and understand exactly why we are doing this."

Can Zimbabwe handle the coronavirus amid a collapsing health care system?

Zimbabweans brace for the coronavirus amid chronic health system struggles and expensive internet data. "Sadly, in the remote parts of our country, some are clueless of this pandemic."

Thai workers speak out about their need for unions and better conditions at the workplace

"I hope that one day domestic workers will be able to stand up without feeling shameful. Honestly, when I was a housekeeper, I was not proud of my profession."

Migrant workers in Thailand organize against exploitation by the country's fishing industry

Off the shores of Thailand, a seafood industry flourishes. Here, debt-bondage and slavery are standard workplace practices. But workers are organizing unions to fight back against exploitation.

Hong Kong's labor laws aid and abet the abuse of foreign domestic workers

Hong Kong immigration rules such as the one that requires foreign domestic workers to live with their employers are putting women's safety at risk, activists say.

Peruvians debate road safety and labor regulations after fatal truck explosion

A few days before the extraordinary parliamentary elections in Peru, a disaster generates outrage and solidarity among citizens.

Nigeria’s border closure puts a dent in intra-regional trade optimism

Closing Nigeria's land borders to solve the recurrence of smuggling will have a negative economic effect on Nigeria and puts a damper on Africa's much-anticipated intra-regional trade investment agreement.

Red palm fruit flourishes in Côte d'Ivoire, despite national shortage

In the sprawling markets of Côte d'Ivoire, red palm oil is sold in open-air stands in recycled plastic bottles by women. The original red palm tree originates in West Africa. 

Ukrainian workers battle controversial new labour code

Ukrainian and international labour rights activists believe that the draft labour code will radically weaken employees' rights and the role of trade unions in the workplace

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