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Analysis Finds No Real Shortage Of U.S. STEM Workers

Analysis Finds No Real Shortage Of U.S. STEM Workers

The so-called shortage of U.S. workers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields may be creation of multi-national companies that want to keep wages low. Contrary to many industry claims, the study finds that U.S. colleges and universities provide an ample supply of highly qualified science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) graduates. In new […]

Immigration Bill Would Give Half Of New U.S. IT Jobs To Guest Workers

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Immigration Bill Would Give Half Of New U.S. IT Jobs To Guest Workers

Never mind is the issue of asylum for workers who are in the U.S. illegally. What the proposed immigration reform bill also does is allow outsourcers and large corporations to bring thousands more low-paid but highly skilled technical workers to the U.S. The so-called Senate “Gang of Eight”, S. 744, introduced the proposed comprehensive immigration […]

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German Corporate Governance Laws: More Down-To-Earth CEO Pay Plans

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German Corporate Governance Laws: More Down-To-Earth CEO Pay Plans

By Sam Pizzigati— Tree huggers and power suits are finding some surprising common ground. When do societies start taking a new idea seriously? Easy. New ideas gain traction when starkly different sorts of people champion them. This process is beginning to unfold with the notion of a “maximum wage,” the idea that we should limit the […]

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An Invisible Maid Army, 52 Million Domestic Workers Toil Worldwide

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An Invisible Maid Army, 52  Million Domestic Workers Toil Worldwide

ILO News– At least 52 million people around the world – mainly women – are employed as domestic workers, according to the first research of its kind conducted by the International Labor Organization. They account for 7.5% of women’s wage employment worldwide and a far greater share in some regions, particularly Asia and the Pacific […]

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As China’s Wages Rise, Is The Cheap Manufacturing Era Ending?

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As China’s Wages Rise, Is The Cheap Manufacturing Era Ending?

ILO News– Wages in China more than tripled between 2000 and 2010, leading to speculation about whether the era of cheap Chinese labor is over. The figures relate mainly to state-owned enterprises, known as urban units, but separate surveys show that wages in small and medium private enterprises are also rising sharply, although pay levels […]

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In South Africa 75,000 Striking Miners Remain Defiant

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In South Africa 75,000 Striking Miners Remain Defiant

South African miners on a wildcat strike against the world’s top platinum producer defied management threats of firings on Friday 28 September 2012. Anglo American Platinum, Amplats, is the world’s leading platinum producer. Amplats is a division of global mining firm Anglo American. Amplats announced Thursday, 27 September 2012, that it began disciplinary actions and […]

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More Than 2,000 Chinese Employees Riot At Foxconn iPhone Factory

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More Than 2,000 Chinese Employees Riot At Foxconn iPhone Factory

About 2,000 Chinese employees of Foxconn Technology Group, which makes the Apple iPhone, reportedly rioted  into the early hours of Monday,  24 September 2012, forcing the plant where they work to shut down. As many as 5,000 heavily armed police may have been involved in stopping the disturbance at the factory in the northern Chinese city of […]

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Domestic Workers No Longer A Domestic Issue In Philippines

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Domestic Workers No Longer A Domestic Issue In Philippines

ILO News– Dumaguete City is one of the Philippines’ top destinations for divers and nature lovers. For Aileen Capacite Bulfa, however, it was not the perfect summer getaway. The daughter of a poor farmer, she moved to Dumaguete to become a domestic worker when she was 13. She tried to attend the first year of […]

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South Africa Could Do More For Miners, Says ILO Mining Specialist

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South Africa Could Do More For Miners, Says ILO Mining Specialist

South Africa could do more for the nation’s miners, says the International Labour Organization’s mining industry specialist. ILO News – South Africa has taken significant steps since the end of apartheid to address working conditions in the mining industry, but there is still a lot of room for improvement, said International Labour Organization mining specialist […]

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Mine Strike In South Africa Turns Violent, 34 Killed

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Mine Strike In South Africa Turns Violent, 34 Killed

On the afternoon of 16 August 2012, the South African Police Service opened fire on a group of strikers at a platinum mine near Rustenburg, South Africa, killing 34 people. At least 78 others were wounded. The shootings were the most deadly use of force by South African security forces against civilians since the 1960 […]

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