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Qatar PR fail

BBC reporter Mark Lobel was invited to Qatar to report on brand new showcase accommodations for foreign workers laboring on construction projects for the 2022 World Cup.
However when Lobel and his crew ventured off on their own to cover some of the still-disgraceful living and working conditions for foreign workers, they were arrested and thrown [...]

The fiery speech by a female Iranian teacher protesting for better pay

Cross-posted from Potkin Azarmehr at For a democratic secular Iran
This footage was sent to me by one of the teachers taking part in the widespread strike by the Iranian teachers. They are demanding better pay and conditions.
The video shows a fiery speech made by a female teacher. See the translation below:
“Most of the martyrs [...]

Thomas Piketty on inequality

Huffington Post reports:
The number-one book on isn’t a guide to green juice or an erotic romance novel. No, the top seller on Amazon right now is a 700-page book, translated from French, about rising inequality and the state of modern capitalism.
In what may be a hint of widespread anxiety about the foundations of the [...]

Do women prefer job flexibility to equal pay?

According to Terri Lynn Land, the likely Republican candidate for US Senate from Michigan in 2014, working women prefer job flexibility to equal pay with men.

I would argue that women and men are entitled to equal job flexibility and equal pay. I’m not sure why anyone should have to choose one over the other. But [...]

A living wage instead of tips

Here’s a revolutionary idea for bars and restaurants: ban tipping and instead pay your staff a living wage.
As one (of many, I suspect) uncomfortable with the whole notion of tipping , I would much prefer to eat or drink at such places. Why should someone’s ability to make a living depend on the chance generosity [...]

Walmart’s war on Thanksgiving

While Sarah Palin publishes another screed about the dreaded (and imaginary) secular war on Christmas and Christianity (you can listen to her read some lovely passages from the book here), Walmart is conducting a real assault on another cherished American family holiday– Thanksgiving.
It’s the latest development in a trend in American retailing– pushing back the [...]

Minimum wage McDonald’s worker confronts company chief

Nancy Salgado, a single mother of two young children and a 10-year employee of a McDonald’s restaurant in Chicago, confronted McDonald’s president Jeff Stratton when he spoke at a meeting of the Union League Club.

“Do you think it’s fair that I am making $8.25 [the hourly minimum wage in Illinois] while I’ve worked for McDonald’s [...]

Apple supplier Pegatron: worse than Foxconn

We’ve posted here about the Chinese factories run by Foxconn– a Taiwanese-based manufacturer of Apple iPods, iPads, and iPhones famous for its forced student “internships”, suicide nets and rioting employees.
Although Foxconn promised Apple it would improve working conditions at its Chinese factories in March of 2012, workers rioted at the company’s Taiyuan plant as recently [...]

The McDonald’s fantasy budget

A sample monthly budget brought to you by the fine corporate folks at McDonald’s and Visa has been widely and justly ridiculed.

Laura Clawson at ThinkProgress Labor wrote:
McDonald’s told ThinkProgress that “The samples that are on this site are generic examples and are intended to help provide a general outline of what an individual budget may [...]

The Grinches Who Stole the Dinner Money

Accountancy Live reports that temp agency, Employ-E has gone into liquidation with an unpaid tax bill of at least £58 millions; although £22.5 millions of that could have come from money owed by the the parent group, Legitas which went into liquidation last month.
When this occurred, Nick Sommerlad of the Daily Mirror described both [...]