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The Two Billion “Floaters”

Sometimes you can get numbed by numbers. Other times numbers make my eyes get wide. This is an example of the latter.

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In Death, A Sliver of Hope

The ghastly industrial killing field in the garment factory in Bangladesh has now claimed over 1,100 lives. Hard to even fathom. But, there is a sliver of hope that out of this massacre of workers will come a little improvement.

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ILO Investigating Bangladesh Worker Massacre

I’m not sure what the ILO has in mind or can do — it is hostage to the politics of inertia. But, at least there is a chance this will keep the pressure on.

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600,000 Trapped

Down there in the bottom of the pond, the scum, are the trafficker in human beings. It’s a bit unfathomable to contemplate how people are able to exploit other humans and sell them and imprison them for work — until you consider that in the world of the so-called “free market” where everything is for sale — water, education, health care — it’s probably not that big a stretch. The Middle East weighs in with 600,000 people who are in forced labor.

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The Price of Austerity

Austerity is wildly successful — if you understand that the only logical outcome of austerity is higher unemployment. Take a bow, austerity. You did it.

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World Crisis to Continue

   An interesting report came into my email box this morning from the good folks at the International Labor Organization. The World of Work Report is an annual study by the ILO Institute, which provides an assessment of the current state of labour markets. Among its findings:   Based on the latest IMF growth estimates, […]

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Arab Workers in Occupied Territories–Bad News

   From time to time, I try to remind folks that there is a strong link between foreign policy and economics. Here is an example, courtesy of the International Labor Organization: The annual report of the International Labour Office (ILO) on the situation of workers of the occupied Arab territories depicts “ a dismal human, […]

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Forced Labor, Hartmax

    I’m all for this: Hartmarx, known for its Hart Schaffner & Marx and Hickey Freeman suits, and for making President Obama’s inauguration tuxedo and topcoat, has long been America’s leading clothier for men. Now its workers want to make the company, which is in bankruptcy, a leader in a different way. Hoping to save […]

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Global Wages Declining, Inequality Up

   Later today, the International Labor Organization will release a sweeping report on global wages. I’ve got a copy and here is the upshot: wages declined in most countries, inequality increase and, thank you very much, a lot of that can be blamed on the wonders of so-called "free trade".   The ILO is an […]

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Taking The Case Against the NLRB Globally

    Last week, the AFL-CIO filed a complaint with the International Labor Organization (ILO) against the Bush National Labor Relations Board (I’m going to try to upload the complaint here but right now we are, as they say, experiencing technical difficulties…or maybe I’m just more lame than I thought). It’s a good indictment of the […]

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Working Harder–But Sliding Down

    A few days ago, I got a copy of a report by the International Labor Organization (ILO) that looks at some global employment trends. The report has got some good data–but, memo to the folks at the ILO, it is really written way too boringly (spice it up!!!). Do you want people to read […]

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