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"Every year tens of thousands of Ugandan women leave their country to work abroad, particularly to Gulf states such as Saudi Arabia and Qatar where they work as nannies, cooks and house helps. But exploitation and abuse is rife, with many falling victim to trafficking and serious abuse at the hands of fake recruitment agencies and unscrupulous employers."
"Eighty-five year old Nedyalka Arabadzhieva lives in the northern Bulgarian mountain city of Veliko Tarnovo. After working with the postal service for most of her professional life, she now survives on a monthly pension of 161 Bulgarian lev (approximately €82 or US$90)."
'Since the beginning of April this year a massive street movement has emerged, with marches, protests and other forms of non-violent action. Faced with thousands of people out on the streets, the regime had only one response: violent repression. It is both directly by the National Guard and the National Police, and indirectly through the use of paramilitary groups, armed by the government since 2002 and known as “collectives”, who enforce repression by means of firearms.'
“The biggest problem is the administrative corruption. It is massive here. Some do it to get rich, but most of the time it’s about networking. Public servants have short contracts, so they have to think about what they are going to do next.”
"On the outskirts of the eastern Czech city of Brno, Jana Molková is sitting in the kitchen of her small flat, searching for jobs online. She’s been unemployed for the past six months after losing her cleaning job at a nearby factory. “I lost that job because they wanted me to work longer hours and I couldn’t do it,” she explains. “I have to collect my son from school, cook the meals, and everything else. It wasn’t possible. So now we survive somehow.” Jana’s husband left suddenly two years ago and since then she’s been bringing up their two sons, aged three and eight, alone."
"There were only 69 labour disputes in Finland in 2016, Statistics Finland reports. The number of lost working days was 6,584. To find similar figures in Finland one has to go back to the 1960's. In 2015, the figures were much higher: 163 labour disputes with 108,911 working days lost. In 2016, in 36 per cent of the disputes, the reason was employers’ plans to cut staff or the threat of redundancies. This often led to protest action by employees, like walkouts, to express concern over employer plans."