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On Hanoi's Red River, fruitsellers forgo comfort for cash

Hanoi - Card games and karaoke help migrant workers pass the time on the cramped houseboats of Hanoi's Red River, swapping their privacy to eke out a living selling fruit for a few dollars a day.

French industry hits the beach to woo future recruits

Deauville - A few steps from the sea in the Normandy resort of Deauville, a group of curious holidaymakers in flip-flops and beach garb pepper a technician with questions as he extols the capabilities of a cutting-edge 3D modelling machine.

Palestinians protest Lebanon crackdown on unlicensed foreign workers

Beirut - A couple of hundred Palestinian refugees protested Tuesday in the streets of Beirut against Lebanon's labour ministry cracking down on businesses employing foreign workers without a permit.

UK Labour under pressure over anti-Semitism after BBC doc

London - Britain's Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn came under renewed pressure over anti-Semitism on Thursday after a string of former officials spoke out about the party's failure to tackle discrimination in a BBC documentary.

In France, a woman is killed by partner or ex-partner every three days

Paris - A total of 121 women were killed by their partner or former partner in France last year, equating to one death every three days, government figures showed on Wednesday.

UK's Labour backs staying in EU in call for second referendum

London - Britain's main opposition Labour party on Tuesday for the first time conditionally backed holding another Brexit referendum, in which it would support remaining in the European Union.

Collapsed dreams: Cambodia construction workers risk lives for 'riches'

Sihanoukville - When Sam Sok took a $6-a-day job as a construction labourer in Sihanoukville she knew it could be dangerous, but the deaths of 28 workers in a building collapse -- with her nephew among the missing -- has laid bare the risks many like her face to earn ...

Greek labour icon fears for worker rights after July vote

Athens - Constantina Kuneva was a little-known cleaner and union activist from Bulgaria struggling to get by in Greece when she suffered a horrific acid attack near her home just before Christmas 2008.

Macron warns on 'capitalism gone mad' in ILO speech

Geneva - French President Emmanuel Macron denounced "capitalism gone mad" in an address Tuesday to the UN's International Labour Organization, while urging enhanced social protections in a global economy plagued by inequality.

Head of UN labour agency backs anti-harassment measures

Geneva - The head of the International Labour Organization on Monday urged the agency to approve new rules to stop violence and harassment in the workplace, despite some concerns from employer representatives.

UN labour body, survivor from League of Nations, turns 100

Geneva - Of all the institutions set up in Geneva under the League of Nations after World War I, only one, the International Labour Organization, survived the rise of fascism and World War II.

Prison unemployment payments leave Dutch red-faced

Den Haag - Dutch authorities have been left red-faced after revelations that hundreds of prisoners collect unemployment benefits behind bars despite the law specifically prohibiting the practice.

Timmermans calls on all EU members to adopt minimum wage

Warsaw - European Commission Vice-President Frans Timmermans on Monday called for each EU member to have a minimum wage equivalent to 60 percent of its median salary to reduce the bloc's growing wealth gap.

Mayday, festival of workers' rights, protest — and flowers

Paris - Celebrating May Day was once to participate in the ancient ritual of revelling in the return of spring.In more modern times the date has become an international holiday to honour the labour movement and, hopefully, enjoy a little early sunshine.

Istanbul police detains dozens as Turkey marks May 1

Istanbul - Istanbul police detained dozens of people who were trying to hold a May day rally at city centre square on Wednesday in defiance of a protest ban.

Clashes in Paris as tens of thousands mark May Day

Paris - Paris riot police fired teargas as they squared off against hardline demonstrators among tens of thousands of May Day protesters, who flooded parts of the city Wednesday in a test for France's zero-tolerance policy on street violence.

Working stiffs: China's tech minions burn out in '996' rat race

Shanghai - Shanghai software engineer Wu Linfeng watched the silent comedy "Modern Times" recently and soon found himself crying -- watching Charlie Chaplin’s classic stressed-out assembly-line worker was like watching himself.

Paris police brace for May 1 rallies

Paris - France's zero-tolerance approach to protest violence will be tested Wednesday when a heady mix of labour unionists, "yellow vest" demonstrators and hardline hooligans are expected to hit the streets on Labour Day.

Massive police deployment planned for Paris May Day marches

Paris - French Interior Minister Christophe Castaner on Tuesday said more than 7,400 police and security forces would be deployed in Paris for Wednesday's May Day marches in case of violence by protesters.

Qatar to abolish exit visa system by year's end: UN

Doha - Qatar is set to abolish its controversial exit visa system for all foreign workers by the end of the year, the UN's International Labour Organization said Friday.

Amazon worker tracking system can automatically fire people

Amazon employs a system that not only tracks warehouse workers productivity, but can automatically fire them for failing to meet expectations.

Anger as Malaysian cleared of murdering Indonesian maid

Kuala Lumpur - A Malaysian woman has reportedly been cleared of murdering her Indonesian maid, who was allegedly tortured and forced to sleep outside with a dog, with activists Monday criticising the "shocking" decision.

Chinese workers demand release of labour rights activists

Bejing - Some 100 Chinese workers suffering from a work-related disease have signed a petition demanding the release of three prominent activists in southern China amid a crackdown on labour activism.

Nigerian president increases minimum wage by two-thirds

Abuja - Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday signed into law an increase by two-thirds to the minimum wage in Africa's most populous country.It raises the minimum wage from 18,000 naira ($50, 44 euros) a month to 30,000 naira ($83).

Walmart assembling army of thousands of robots to work in stores

Walmart is doubling down on adding robots to its stores. These machines include autonomous floor cleaners, shelf-scanners, conveyor belts, and "pickup towers."

'Yellow vests' march again as government tries to regroup

Paris - Thousands of "yellow vest" protesters marched Saturday for the 21st consecutive week to denounce French government policies, as the authorities prepare to unveil the results of a nationwide consultative exercise designed to address public grievances.

Estonia's Ratas steps down as PM but could be back soon

Tallinn - Estonia's centre-left prime minister Juri Ratas resigned on Thursday after his Centre party took second spot in last month's general election, but he still stands the best chance of leading the Baltic eurozone state's next government.

Estonia's Ratas steps down as PM but could be back soon

Tallinn - Estonia's centre-left prime minister Juri Ratas resigned on Thursday after his Centre party took second spot in last month's general election, but he still stands the best chance of leading the Baltic eurozone state's next government.

Murder of child maid forces Pakistan to soul search

Lahore - The battered body of 16-year-old servant Uzma Bibi was found dumped in a canal and her wealthy employer charged with murder, the latest case highlighting the dangers domestic workers -- especially children -- face in Pakistan.

Desperate and hiding, collapsed Saudi Oger workers left in limbo

Apo - Nearly two years after the collapse of the construction giant Saudi Oger rendered thousands jobless, Lebanese worker Mohammed remains stranded in limbo in Riyadh -- and desperate to avoid arrest.
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Protesters in Madrid, Spain - 29 March 2012
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EDLC Labour Day Barbecue for the Unemployed and Underemployed.
EDLC Labour Day Barbecue for the Unemployed and Underemployed.
Rally to Stop Using the TFWP to Build Edmonton s Downtown Arena.
Rally to Stop Using the TFWP to Build Edmonton's Downtown Arena.
Workers across Europe protest against government austerity policies
Workers across Europe protest against government austerity policies
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May Day 2014 in Edmonton.
May Day 2014 in Edmonton.
May Day 2014 in Edmonton.
May Day 2014 in Edmonton.
May Day 2014 in Edmonton.
May Day 2014 in Edmonton.
Protesters in Madrid  Spain on 29 March 2012
Protesters in Madrid, Spain on 29 March 2012
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19th Congress of the German Confederation of Trade unions
EDLC Labour Day Barbecue
EDLC Labour Day Barbecue
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MLA Brian Mason (Minister of Infrastructure and Minister of Transportation). EDLC Labour Day Barbecue for the Unemployed and Underemployed.
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Free books at the EDLC Labour Day Barbecue for the Unemployed and Underemployed.
Steam Whistle brewery produces an average of 120 000 bottles of their Pilsner beer every day
Steam Whistle brewery produces an average of 120,000 bottles of their Pilsner beer every day
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Canberra: Bus Depot Markets.
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Ed Miliband gives his first keynote speech to Labour Party conference as leader, in September 2010.
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Rally to Stop Using the TFWP to Build Edmonton s Downtown Arena.
Rally to Stop Using the TFWP to Build Edmonton's Downtown Arena.
Rally to Stop Using the TFWP to Build Edmonton s Downtown Arena.
Rally to Stop Using the TFWP to Build Edmonton's Downtown Arena.
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Live entertainment at the EDLC Labour Day Barbecue for the Unemployed and Underemployed.

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