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Stories about Labor

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

Victory for labor rights in Cambodia as largest casino workers’ strike ends in peace

Despite the success of the strike, workers could face sanctions for breaching the court order which declared the protest as illegal.

Thai journalist convicted over a 2017 Twitter post about a labor conflict

"There is a high level of self-censorship in Thailand… When you forbid freedom of expression… you forbid an open society."

Six years after deadly crackdown of garment strike in Cambodia, families say no hope for justice

"Justice seems as far away as the horizon, or like searching for a needle in the bottom of the sea. We have not yet seen the light of justice."

#StandWithYuli: Solidarity for deported Indonesian domestic worker Yuli Riswati who covered Hong Kong protests

"We condemn this action which may be intended to intimidate non-permanent residents and deter them from involvement in or documenting and commenting on political events in Hong Kong."

Chinese netizens slam Huawei’s legal bullying of former employee with a series of codes

Li Hongyuan, a former Huawei employee, was arrested by the Shenzhen police after Huawei accused him of extortion. He was detained for 251 days.

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