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Overseas Filipino workers deserve better protection

Philippines embassy personnel and labor officials from the Philippines Overseas Labor Office are currently under investigation for the alleged sexual exploitation of overseas Filipino workers.

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Oaxacan teachers challenge the test

The testing regime in Mexico is as entrenched as it is in the United States, and its political use is very similar - undermining the rights of teachers, and attacking unions that oppose it.

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Bangladesh disaster: Who pays the real price of your clothing?

The owners didn't build fire escapes.  They'd locked the doors on the upper floors "to prevent theft," trapping workers in the flames.

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Japanese workers fight Sony "downsizing room"

In Japan, large corporations are using "downsizing rooms" as a humiliating pressure tactic to force their employees to quit their jobs.

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After a long winter, tropical rain forest sounded lovely

I learned that the political left was influential in Costa Rica. But they were divided. A united left could form a winning coalition. The people of Costa Rica deserve nothing less.

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Colombian senator: U.S.-backed labor rights plan a flop

The labor action plan for workers' rights added to the controversial U.S.-Colombia Free Trade Agreement is failing, say a Colombian senator and union leaders.

Tunisian unions call off general strike

 Tunisia's union confederation called off the first planned nationwide general strike in 35 years at the last minute after the government yielded in talks with union leaders.

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Campaign to free Colombia's David Ravelo draws global support

Responding to the imprisonment of Colombian human rights activist David Ravelo, members of the North American Committee for the Defense of David Ravelo were in Colombia on Ravelo's behalf.

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Support urged for trade unionist on hunger strike in Iran

A trade unionist imprisoned by the Iranian authorities is now into his second week of hunger strike to protest against mistreatment by prison officials.

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Today in labor history: Workers take power in Kiev

On December 11, 1905, in support of the worker uprising and general strike in Moscow, the Council of Workers' Deputies of Kiev decided to stage a mass uprising against oppressive czarist rule.

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