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Five Words Can End Child Slavery

Free The Slaves | Posted 03.14.2014 | Impact
Free The Slaves

It's important to note that there is a solution. With a little help, at-risk children can be protected against slavery, as can their parents and neighbors.

Child Labour Is No Child's Play

Guy Ryder | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Guy Ryder

Child labour is a global problem that needs a response from all sides. This means measures to help reduce poverty, improve education, enforce laws, improve employment prospects for adults and ensure there are no benefits in employing children under working age.

How This Brave Trafficking Survivor Is Helping Other Victims Escape

2013-08-28-ScreenShot20130828at6.15.32PM.png | Posted 09.23.2013 | Impact

By Christa Hillstrom, YES! Magazine Flor Molina thought it was her lucky break. At 28, she had just lost her youngest child and was working two jo...

Officials Urge Faster Progress On Eliminating Child Labor

AP | Posted 09.23.2013 | Business

GENEVA -- The number of children doing hazardous work dropped by half to 85 million from 2000 to 2012, but the rate of progress isn't fast enough to m...

What Trans-Pacific and U.S.-EU Trade Partnerships Must Tackle: Jobs

Michael Shank | Posted 06.13.2013 | World
Michael Shank

The United States is one of the advanced countries in which the gap between the highest and the lowest wages is largest. While we've heard this before, the gap is getting worse.

'Just Jobs Index' Launches: What the IMF, World Bank and G20 Won't Discuss

Michael Shank | Posted 06.20.2013 | Politics
Michael Shank

While the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and the G20 meets in Washington DC this weekend to discuss economic growth, a completely differe...

Domestic Workers: Long Hours, Backbreaking Jobs and Few Rights

Reporters Uncensored | Posted 04.30.2013 | World
Reporters Uncensored

Two years ago, commemorating International Domestic Workers Day on June 16, governments, labor unions and employers' associations voted overwhelmingly to create global labor standards to help promote the rights of the 50 to 100 million domestic workers worldwide.

These Workers Aren't Protected By Labor Laws

AP | JOHN HEILPRIN | Posted 03.11.2013 | Business

GENEVA — At least 52.6 million people worldwide are employed as domestic workers, most of them women vulnerable to abuse and without adequate le...

What 'Human Trafficking' Really Means | Posted 12.19.2012 | Impact

RANGOON, Burma -- Earlier this year, Ko Lin, 21 at the time, left his hometown of Bago, 50 miles northeast of Rangoon, along with a friend to look for...

Everything Is Made of China (Well, in China)

Kelly Heinrich | Posted 01.19.2013 | Impact
Kelly Heinrich

In China, artificial flowers, bricks, Christmas decorations, coal, cotton, electronics, fireworks, footwear, garments, nails and toys are all known to be produced by forced labor. And China is far from being the only country on the list.

Domestic Workers Inspire the Global Movement for Rights

Richard Trumka | Posted 12.10.2012 | Politics
Richard Trumka

It is clear now more than ever that the labor movement and the domestic workers' movement need to continue to work together to protect the rights of all workers.

U.N. Urges Protection For The Elderly As World Grays

AP | ELAINE KURTENBACH | Posted 11.30.2012 | Fifty

TOKYO (AP) — The fast aging of Japanese society is evident as soon as one lands at Tokyo's Narita airport and sees who is doing the cleaning. Young ...

Study Foresees Job Gains With Greener Policies

AP | JOHN HEILPRIN | Posted 07.31.2012 | Green

GENEVA (AP) — Some 15 million to 60 million jobs could be created worldwide over the next two decades if nations took better care of the planet, acc...

New ILO Leadership Could Push For Better Economic Policies

Mark Weisbrot | Posted 07.29.2012 | World
Mark Weisbrot

Since Europe has by far the largest banking system in the world, the eurozone crisis is also a significant drag on growth and employment throughout most of the world, and could easily do more damage if it is not resolved.

Jobs and Growth: Can't Have One Without the Other?

Min Zhu | Posted 07.02.2012 | Business
Min Zhu

The news on the jobs front, unfortunately, remains grim. Why isn't the jobs picture better? Quite simply, it's because the growth picture isn't very good.

OECD, ILO: World Governments Must Put Greater Focus On Jobs

AP | By SARAH DiLORENZO | Posted 11.26.2011 | Business

PARIS -- World governments must not let their focus on spending cuts keep them from creating jobs that will be a key part of economic recovery, an int...

The Hidden Victims of Human Trafficking

Nisha Varia | Posted 08.29.2011 | World
Nisha Varia

Being forced into domestic servitude is one of the most common forms of human trafficking. Yet it remains one of the most invisible, including meager media coverage and law enforcement efforts.

Bargaining Rights Are Human Rights

Greg Tarpinian | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Greg Tarpinian

In the focus on the fight to preserve collective bargaining rights for public employees in Wisconsin, Ohio, Indiana and elsewhere, the mass media has ...

Rescued Chilean Miners Greeted As Heroes -- but They're Also Victims

Mike Elk | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Mike Elk

The Chilean miners are being viewed as heroes, but some disagree with this characterization. Many in the labor movement complain that news accounts have ignored the poor treatment of workers by the mining company,

Violence and the Threat of Violence: The Slave Owner's Age-Old Tools

Marlen Suyapa Bodden | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Marlen Suyapa Bodden

How do today's slave owners keep people enslaved? They use the same tools as their predecessors in antebellum America: violence and the threat of violence.

The Challenge of Arab Unemployment -- An Issue We Must Not Ignore!

Yvonne R. Davis | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Yvonne R. Davis

While the problem of unemployment in the Arab world seems insurmountable, there are a number of initiatives being implemented and proffered in the region to begin to put a dent in the problem.

Cambodia: Collaboration is Needed

Eve Blossom | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Eve Blossom

Many see the results of human trafficking and want to get involved; but more importantly, the focus should be on empowering the mechanisms to prevent it.

Beyond the Romance of Microfinance to a Love of Manufacturing

Magatte Wade | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Magatte Wade

by Magatte Wade, with Michael Strong In the course of starting a business based in Africa, I was referred to a former Silicon Valley CFO who had made...

Yemen hosts African refugees despite economic woes, social problems

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Magda Abu-Fadil

Yemen hosts thousands of African refugees fleeing unrest and poverty in their countries every year - with Somalis topping the list - despite its own e...