Seoul (AFP) - South Korean workers clashed with riot police at a May Day rally in Seoul on Friday, vowing to wage an "all-out general strike" if the government pushes through with planned labour reforms.
ATLANTA — One week after a jury found George Zimmerman not guilty in the death of unarmed teen Trayvon Martin, people gathered for rallies nationwide to press for changes to self-defence laws and for federal civil rights charges against the former neighbourhood watch leader.
AHMEDABAD: More than 3.5 lakh home-based workers across Indian towns and cities, stitching garments or shoes or making traditional crafts for local suppliers of global retailers such as GAP, Monsoon and Walmart, will come together to demand that they get living wages as per ILO-recognised code of labour practice. "The workforce that makes India a hub of the biggest home-based workers is invisible," said Renana Jhabvala, president of HomeNet South Asia (HNSA), which represents 6 lakh home-based workers across eight countries of the region.
Submitted by Soeren Kern via The Gatesone Institute, Salafists disguised as aid workers are canvassing German refugee shelters in search of new recruits from among the nearly one million asylum seekers who have arrived this year from Africa, Asia and the Middle East. Some Salafists are offering gifts of money and clothing. Others are offering translation services and inviting migrants to their homes for tea.
During the middle of the last decade, it seemed as though Chinese and Indian stocks were only heading higher. Between 2005 and 2008, China’s equity markets soared 219% while Indian markets rose 181%. However, from 2009 through 2011, impaired by a volatile global economy, Chinese equities floundered in negative territory and, over the same period, Indian equities were barely in the black.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court is considering how much indigent prison inmates should have to pay from their meager bank accounts in fees to file lawsuits that some consider frivolous.The justices heard arguments Wednesday over a federal law that requires prisoners to make monthly installment payments of 20 percent of their prison income until court fees are paid. The law was designed to discourage inmates from clogging courts with too many cases.
RIYADH/KHOBAR: Mobarak Musa, a mobile telephone salesman from Syria, has spent 10 years working in Saudi Arabia, sending part of his wages back home to support his parents and three brothers. A shift in Saudi labour policy means he won't be able to do so for much longer. In early March, the Ministry of Labour announced that within six months foreigners would be banned from selling and maintaining mobile phones and accessories for them, in an effort to keep open more jobs for Saudi citizens.
A worldwide campaign calling for action on a global scale for equal pay for women has been initiated by a U.N. agency. On a global scale, the average woman is paid 24% less than men. But in Asia, the number is even more dire at 30% less than men.
Every year, millions of young women from South Asia flock to the six nations in the Gulf Cooperation Council (Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates) in search of a better life. Typically, they work through recruiters in Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal, the Philippines and other countries in the region. Some are unlucky and are trafficked into the sex trade. Those who do land jobs as domestic workers in Saudi Arabia and neighboring countries soon ...