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How treaties can harm workers and the environment

How treaties can harm workers and the environment

In mid-November, during a virtual summit in Hanoi, the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) was born. A trade agreement that includes the 10 nations of Southeast Asia (ASEAN) and the major countries of Asia and…

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Why Malaysia Cannot Afford Migrant Labour Neglect

Why Malaysia Cannot Afford Migrant Labour Neglect

Malaysia is yet another labour intensive market that will pay dearly, if it does not start taking care of its migrant population.  With an economy that is already struggling to recover from the pandemic blow,…

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Brexit, what changes for workers in the UK

Brexit, what changes for workers in the UK

With Britain’s exit from the European Union, thousands of workers are looking to the future with concern. In fact, among the main points of discussion for Brexit, brought forward by the European Council, there are…

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ILO asks Belarus to respect protesting workers and union leaders

ILO asks Belarus to respect protesting workers and union leaders

The government has been coming down hard on workers who are joining strikes and protests demanding fair elections. The International Labor Organization has asked that the Belarusian government release the trade unionists who were detained…

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COVID-19 risks pushing garment workers into modern slavery

COVID-19 risks pushing garment workers into modern slavery

Much of the hard-won rights of garment workers in Asia are being squandered away due to the economic effects of the coronavirus. The latest Modern Slavery Index released by risk analytics company Verisk Maplecroft has…

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Beirut blast worsens conditions of Bangladeshi workers

Beirut blast worsens conditions of Bangladeshi workers

Already stranded due to the pandemic and the economic collapse gripping Lebanon, the blast only increased their desperation to go home. For the thousands of Bangladeshi workers stuck in Lebanon, the Beirut blast was the…

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Nepal is not prepared for the return of its migrant workers

Nepal is not prepared for the return of its migrant workers

Thousands of Nepalis working abroad are set to return home, having lost their jobs to the economic fallout of the pandemic. Nepal’s over-dependence on remittances from its migrant population is coming home to roost with…

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Nepal issues new guidelines to repatriate stranded workers

Nepal issues new guidelines to repatriate stranded workers

The cabinet has said the government will sponsor air tickets for those whose companies haven’t come forward to send them back home. With the pandemic grinding economies to a halt, it is expected that countries…

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Lebanon: Economic crisis worsens migrant workers’ plight

Lebanon: Economic crisis worsens migrant workers’ plight

Lebanon’s economic crisis worsened the plight of thousands of migrant workers, who were throwing out by their employers and had been struggling to secure repatriation flights to go back home. As Lebanese pound plunged to…

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Covid-19: which categories of workers are most exposed to the risks of contagion?

Covid-19: which categories of workers are most exposed to the risks of contagion?

There are health workers, governments employees, public administration employees or workers at stations, airports and ports who remain in close contact with hundreds of people every day for 8-10 or even 12 hours a day.…

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