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· May, 2007

Stories about Labor from May, 2007

Japan: Japanese 30-somethings not happy

shigeto2004 refers to and gives an analysis on the result of an online survey conducted by Japanese newspaper Yomiuri on workers in their 30s. This entry is followed by an...

Cambodia: Visit Russian Market to beat Deadline

Details are Sketchy links to a conversation where the country manager of a leading brand name in garments hints at why garment manufacturers visit a local market famous for fakes...

Lebanon: On Freedom, War and Olive Oil

The upcoming Lebanese presidential election, the Winograd Report regarding the Israeli July 2006 war on Lebanon, Lebanese agricultural products, Syrian workers, freedom of speech and freedom to blog in the...

China: Time for a net video tv channel?

There was a proposal put forth recently at one collective of Chinese to English translation bloggers for people to consider making use of Dotsub.com to subtitle cell phone and digital...

Bahrain: The Never-Do-It-Yourself Culture

From dirty politics and squabbles between 'politicians' over peanuts, to corruption at the Traffic directorate, the Bahraini blogosphere is buzzing with commentary this week. Ayesha Saldanha walks us through some...

Bulgaria: Public Transportation on Strike May 15

Sofia's Hidden Beauty writes that the Bulgarian capital will be “completely paralyzed” on May 15 because of the public transportation drivers’ strike.

Jamaica: Customer Service Standards

“The truth is, there are at least three kinds of service in the Caribbean. Tourist Service, Personal Service and ‘De Res Ah Dem’ Service,” writes Jamaican Francis Wade, as he...

Ukraine, Romania: Bukovyna

Citizenshift travels through Bukovyna, posting pictures and sharing stories of the Hutsuls living in a village on the Ukrainian-Romanian border.

Qatar: The Wages of Hard Labour

Qatar-based blogger e46M3 sheds light on wages workers in Qatar reap for their hard labour. “From today's Arabic daily al-Raya: * Labor foreman, salary 800 Riyals (approx $220), working hours...

Guatemala: Town's oldest school to be demolished…and teachers on strike

A local school in San Pedro La Laguna in Guatemala is about to be demolished, and in its place, a new market built. This brings about questions about the status...

Korea: The Kaesong Industrial Complex

Jamie from Interlocals.net has written up his visit the Kaesong Industrial Complex in North Korea. The complex is a result of the Korean government's unification policies. It is also designed...

China: The Student Bloggers Down In The Coal Mine

Five students from the Hunan Normal University's School of Literature published the blog post “Factors that influence the psychological sense of safety among Hunan coal mine workers and ways of...

Japan: Precariat May Day march sparks debate

On April 30, among many other May Day gatherings, “MayDay for Freedom and Lives” took place in Shinjuku, Tokyo. Subtitled “Resistance of the Precariat”, over 400 people including freeters, part...

Bahrain: Incense-wafting Journalism

This week in Bahrain bloggers have been preoccupied with topics including sycophancy, the welfare of foreign labourers, and the culture of alcohol consumption. Follow the arrows to see how Ayesha...

Korea: Bloggers and Donuts

A blogger who worked at the fast food chain Dunkin’ Donuts in Korea exposed what he said were unsanitary conditions at the factory in his blog on a portal site....

Japan: May Day march in Tokyo

On April 30th in Tokyo, a May Day march (“MayDay for Freedom and Lives”) with over 400 participants wound its way through central Tokyo. A report on the event has...

Bangladesh: That nameless person

A gut wrenching post on what means to be Bangla in Malaysia. “BANGLA, does that word mean anything to you? Or is it just something you shout to call that...

Macau: Why Did The Macau Disturbance Occur?

ESWN continued to translate article concerning Macau May Day disturbance. There are six listed reasons: In summary, this is an almost-zero-sum game. If the demands of the present marchers are...

South Korea: Dodgy contracts proliferate in face of new labour law

Jamie from Two Koreas blogs about how the new labour law ends up encouraging a range of bad practices.

Hong Kong: May Day March

A very detailed and vivid citizen report on May Day March by Plato at interlocals.net. It presented a diversed picture of labour and grassroots organizations in Hong Kong with interviews...

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