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Stories about Labor

29 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.

28 May 2015

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.

26 May 2015

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.

21 May 2015

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.

18 May 2015

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.

9 May 2015

Philippines Deports Thai Worker for Insulting Filipinos on Facebook

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Some Filipinos in Thailand criticized the deportation: "Offensive, hateful and downright irresponsible as [the remarks] are, they were not criminal."

8 May 2015

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.

3 May 2015

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.

2 May 2015

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.

1 May 2015

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.

27 April 2015

Southeast Asian Activists Unite in ‘People’s Walk’ Ahead of Regional Leaders’ Summit

More than 1,000 activists and leaders from various civil society organizations across Southeast Asia declared their position on human rights and growing economic inequality.

26 April 2015

How a Bus Stop Row is Crippling Public Transport in Balochistan's Capital

The driver strike in Balochistan has caused significance inconvenience to the commuters of Quetta, especially those living in the Sariab area of the city. Where do politicians go from here?

25 April 2015

Tunisia Looks to Tap Into Its History and Push Its Olive Oil Front and Center

The so-called Arab Spring gave Tunisia international name recognition. Now Tunisia wants to be known for something else — its olive oil.

24 April 2015

Hong Kong Politician Wants More Headlines About Filipina Maids Seducing Their Bosses

The Philippine Consulate General responded, saying "discrimination should have no place in any society, most especially Hong Kong." Migrant domestic workers protested outside Regina Ip's office.

23 April 2015

Mexico's Escalating Labor Strike in San Quentin

Global Voices looks at farm workers' protests in San Quintin and Mexico's larger ethnic conflict and social challenges.

8 April 2015

Tajik Migrants in Russia: Life Is a Queue and Then You Die

"We poor, desperate Tajiks die on the way to state borders, in the streets and bazaars, on building sites and other dirty places. Alas, no-one takes care of us."

3 April 2015

Should We Pity the Poor Western Man ‘Trapped’ in Japan?

Social media users have not been kind to an article in Japan Times titled "Spare a thought for the Western men trapped in Japan" explaining the difficulties Western men face.

31 March 2015

In Zambia, a Tomato Pushes Joblessness Center Stage

Zambia's unemployment rate is ranked 9th highest in Africa.

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