Human Rights

May Labour Day: What is International Workers' Day?

Find out the history of May Day and what kind of protests and commemorations can be expected this year.

May 1 Labour Day: What is International Workers' Day?

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They worked in torrid heat for Exxon, Shell and Walmart for free

'I can't fathom this being legitimate,' former US labour department investigator says of a drug rehab's work programme.

They worked in torrid heat for Exxon, Shell and Walmart for free

Fault Lines

Recovering from Rehab: Work-based Therapy in the US

Investigating US drug rehab centres where recovery through work is promised but exploitation of labour is the reality.

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Ohio: Trump touts manufacturing job growth, criticises GM

Trump touts his achievements in creating manufacturing jobs, but the situation in the car industry is looking shaky.

Asia

Worst building disasters in Bangladesh

Fires and building collapses are frequent in the country, particularly in the massive garment industry.

Worst building disasters in Bangladesh

Workers' Rights

Striking LA teachers hopeful as union leaders urge rally

Some 30,000 teachers who have gone without a contract for nearly a year walked off the job on Monday.

Striking LA teachers hopeful as union leaders urge rally

Education

LA teachers strike: Educators demand better conditions and pay

More than 30,000 LA teachers walked off the job after negotiations for improved compensation and work conditions failed.

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Take teen girls off night shift, Indian factories told

New code of conduct also says factories should not employ staff under the age of 16 and limit working day to nine hours.

Take teen girls off night shift, Indian factories told

Europe

UK firms must publicise pay gap between workers and executives

New law requires listed companies with more than 250 employees to calculate and reveal the pay ratio between bosses and the shop floor.

Hungary

Thousands in Hungary protest against PM Orban's rule

Protesters wave Hungarian and EU flags shouting slogans such as 'Don't steal' and 'Independent courts'.

Spain

Spain announces huge minimum wage rise

The largest rise in more than 40 years and could see the salaries of millions of low-paid workers grow by 22 percent.

Spain announces huge minimum wage rise amid Catalonia tensions

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Hungarian workers, students protest over 'slavery law'

Thousands demonstrate in Budapest against proposed changes to a law seeking rise in maximum overtime hours.

Hungarian workers protest over 'slavery law', students join in

China

Labour activists disappeared in China in suspected raids

Activists attracted attention in August when about 50 students converged in the south to support factory workers.

Labour activists disappeared in China in suspected raids

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Google staff walk out in protest over treatment of women

A number of the tech giant's executives have been accused of sexual misconduct, with one receiving $90m upon resigning.

Google staff walk out in protest over treatment of women

Cambodia

Cambodia's high-rises, slavery and climate change

A legion of Cambodians are trapped as debt slaves in the brick-making industry as skylines and climate change expand.

Cambodia's high-rises, slavery and climate change