Domestic helpers and prostitutes are trapped in debt bondage in Hong Kong

A Journal of People report

A Hong Kong, February 1 2017 datelined Thomson Reuters Foundation, the charitable arm of Thomson Reuters, that covers humanitarian news, women’s rights, trafficking, property rights, climate change and resilience,
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Domestic helpers and prostitutes are trapped in debt bondage. These women are migrants. The prostitutes work in notorious Wanchai’s red-light district.
Citing a U.S. government report, Trafficking in Persons, the “Ex-pimp helps trafficked women cook their way to new HK life” headlined feature by Sylvia Yu Friedman said:
“About 340,000 migrant women, mostly from the Philippines and Indonesia, work as domestic helpers in Hong Kong.Read More »


Campaigners Continue Fight For Justice

By  Peter Lazenby

Morning Star | 02 November, 2016


Campaigners for the truth about the Battle of Orgreave are undeterred by Home Secretary Amber Rudd’s refusal to hold a public inquiry.

Speaking at a press conference in the historic Barnsley headquarters of the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) yesterday, Orgreave Truth and Justice Campaigners (OTJC) announced that they will be seeking a judicial review into Ms Rudd’s shocking decision not to hold an inquiry into the unprovoked police attack on miners in 1984.Read More »

Unemployed And Hungry, They Marched To London

By Peter Frost

Morning Star | 05 October, 2016


Eighty years ago this month the Jarrow March, also known as the Jarrow Crusade, arrived in London.

Around 200 men set off 80 years ago today on a 26-day march from Jarrow to London to protest against the unemployment and poverty suffered in the northeast Tyneside town.

Although it wasn’t the first or indeed the biggest protest march of unemployed people, it certainly caught the imagination of the nation.Read More »

International Trade Commission Report Validates that Trans Pacific Partnership Is Not Worth Passing

United Steelworkers | 19 May, 2016


United Steelworkers (USW) International President Leo W. Gerard issued the following statement  after the release of a report from the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) on the projected economic impact of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). The ITC’s report was required by law.

“This report validates that the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is not worth passing. In the past, similar reports have proven to widely underestimate the negative impact of trade agreements on American workers and the economy. This report as mandated by law indicates the TPP will produce almost no benefits, but inflict real harm on so many workers.

“Because of this history, average Americans know that economic projections based on rosy scenarios always end up the same. They pay the price with lost jobs, stagnating or declining wages and rising income inequality as Wall Street profits.Read More »

Work: Pleasure or Drudgery

Increasingly in Britain, with the mushrooming of warehousing, call centre and service industry work, the workplace has been turned into a virtual slave plantation, asserts JOHN GREEN

Morning Star | 31 December, 2015

When Britain’s last deep pit at Kellingley closed just before Christmas the men told journalists that what they would miss most would be the comradeship of their workmates. Without that, few would chose to work deep underground as a coal miner; the work is arduous, dangerous and unhealthy. What made it tolerable was the work atmosphere, the sense of belonging to a close-knit community, of solidarity and friendship.

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Labor Day 2015: Stand Together and Fight Back

By Bernie Sanders

Published on Monday, September 07, 2015 by Huffington Post | Posted from CommonDreams

Labor Day is a time for honoring the working people of this country. It is also a time to celebrate the accomplishments of the activists and organizers who fought for the 40-hour work week, occupational safety, minimum wage law, Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid and affordable housing. These working people, and their unions, resisted the oligarchs of their day, fought for a more responsive democracy, and built the middle class.Read More »

Patients, Not Profits: New York Nurses Demand

New York nurses on streets. Photo: Dan Lutz
New York nurses on streets. Photo: Dan Lutz

Mark Brenner

Labor Notes, May 08, 2015

Thousands of nurses at 12 hospitals poured into the streets of New York City April 16 to protest staffing shortages they say put patients at risk.

“We used to see 250 patients a day in our E.R.,” said Nancy Hagans, a nurse at Maimonides Medical Center. “But then two hospitals in Brooklyn closed and now we’re seeing 400 a day, with the same number of nurses. How can we be the advocates we took an oath to be?”Read More »