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‘To survive, I must appear fearless’: the former nun helping India’s garment workers fight sexual violence

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Many years ago, when Thivya Rakini was working as a domestic violence activist helping women to escape abusive husbands across the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu, she took a pair of scissors and cut her long blac...

Germany to relax visa rules for Russian workers despite spy warning

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Germany is to relax visa requirements for skilled workers from Russia, just as the country’s domestic intelligence agency warned of a heightened risk that Russian nationals working for German firms could be recruited ...

The greasy spoon chronicles: a day in the life of the Hope Workers Cafe

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The first customer of the day pushes through the door a little after 7.30am. His name is Matthew. He is thin and pale and blond, and trembling a little from the cold. Sue Anayiotou, who has owned and run this cafe wit...

Los Angeles hotel workers fight for panic buttons amid sexual harassment

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Sonia Molina Sanchez, worked as housekeeper at the celebrity hotspot hotel Chateau Marmont for 10 years. She will never forget the night she was sexually harassed by a guest. “I knocked on a guest’s door and went insi...

NGO group says Fifa should pay £356m reparations to Qatar migrant workers

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Fifa should pay reparations of at least $440m (£356m) to migrant workers whose human rights have been compromised by the Qatar World Cup, a group of non-governmental organisations has said. England and Gareth Southgat...

Virginia Target workers seek to unionize amid surge in labor organizing efforts

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Workers at a Target store in Christiansburg, Virginia, have filed for a union election and, if successful, the store would be the first belonging to the retail chain to unionize. Target has long opposed unionization, ...

Migrant workers ‘exploited and beaten’ on UK fishing boats

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A third of migrant workers on UK fishing vessels work 20-hour shifts, and 35% report regular physical violence, according to new research that concludes there is rampant exploitation and abuse on British ships. “Leavi...

‘I cannot survive on $260 a week’: US retail and fast-food workers strike

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Workers in America’s fast-food and retail sectors who worked on the frontlines through the dangers of the Covid-19 pandemic are continuing a trend of strikes and protests over low wages, safety concerns and sexual har...

Social supermarkets offer choice and self-esteem to hard-up workers

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In the crypt of a 283-year-old London church, you would not normally expect to see displays of fresh fruit, vegetables, meat and fish next to shelves of tinned food, toilet rolls and nappies, and customers with basket...

Exhausted workers, polluting journeys: how unethical is next-day delivery?

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The pandemic turned the US into a next-day delivery nation. Amazon, in particular, saw sales surge during the dark days of Covid. In the first three months of 2021, the company watched its total sales tick up by 44%, ...

‘Workers get the thorns’: the moral ugliness of rose factories

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Decades ago, the flower industry in Colombia was promoted as the replacement for another agricultural export crop, coca leaves and the cocaine made from them. The substitution was a failure – coca cultivation continue...

‘Poverty-level wages’: California workers fight to reform nursing homes

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Jesus Figueroa Cacho, a certified nursing assistant of the Sacramento, California area, has worked in the nursing home industry for about 25 years. She consistently works 16 hour long shifts, 60 to 80 hours per week, ...

‘We’re just robots’: US airline workers stranded amid staff shortages

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US airlines are still experiencing staffing shortages as air travel rebounded after initial Covid-19 shutdowns in 2020 when many airline workers were encouraged to go on furlough, resign, or retire early. The phenomen...

Amazon warehouse workers await result of union vote in Staten Island

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A federal labor board will on Monday count ballots cast by warehouse workers in a second Amazon union election on Staten Island in New York City. The National Labor Relations Board is overseeing the election and expec...

Why Wendy’s is the source of unrest among US farm workers

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Over the past several years, farm workers have held protests and hunger strikes on college campuses, outside of corporate headquarters, at annual shareholders meetings, and in cities around the US, and called for a pu...

Workers think less creatively in Zoom meetings, study finds

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As if the endless muting and freezing, the need for shelves lined with high literature, and the constant fear of a colleague wandering on screen unclothed were not enough to worry about, researchers have found that Zo...

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