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Used, abused and deported: migrant workers land back in Bangladesh after Saudi dreams turn sour

As the Gulf kingdom bids to host a World Cup that will see its reliance on cheap foreign labour soar, planeloads of men already return daily to Dhaka, gaunt, dazed and brokeAmong the joyful family reunions at the arrivals gate at Dhaka’s internationa…

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‘We do not have many options’: unease over Israel’s recruitment of Indian labourers

Israel needs to fill the gap left by expelled Palestinian workers, and Indians are desperate to escape unemployment at home, despite protests from unionsConstruction noise is a near-constant across Israel; more high-rises join Tel Aviv’s tech boom skyl…

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Bangladesh garment workers fighting for pay face brutal violence and threats

Workers describe hands and arms being targeted in ‘merciless’ beatings as protests over low wages turn increasingly violent in DhakaWhen Masuma Akhtar arrived at the garment factory where she works on the outskirts of Dhaka on 31 October, she was expec…

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Workers for fast fashion brands fear starvation as they fight for higher wages

Garment workers in Bangladesh making clothes for UK brands say plans to increase their pay to £76 a month is not enough to surviveGarment workers making clothes in Bangladesh for UK high-street brands say they are facing starvation and are having to st…

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Revealed: Amazon linked to trafficking of workers in Saudi Arabia

Dozens of contract workers at Amazon warehouses say they were tricked into toiling and living in grueling, squalid conditionsMcDonald’s and Chuck E Cheese tied to alleged foreign worker exploitationCorporations are paying for worker abuse audits that a…

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McDonald’s and Amazon’s ties to alleged labor trafficking: five key takeaways

Foreign workers at the Middle East locations of US and UK brands allege low pay, harsh conditions and a legal limbo with few protectionsRevealed: Amazon linked to trafficking of workers in Saudi ArabiaMcDonald’s and Chuck E Cheese tied to alleged forei…

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Nepal’s migrant workers suffering ‘alarming’ rate of fertility problems

Doctors say high stress, heat and harsh living conditions may be the cause of low sperm counts in men returning from the GulfOn a cluster of metal benches outside the infertility unit at Paropakar Maternity and Women’s hospital in Kathmandu, a dozen ma…

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Pakistan welcomes fast-fashion brand Boohoo despite poor staff safety claims

Call to set up role comes as report alleges retailer uses factories that violate minimum-wage requirements and workers’ rightsPakistan’s caretaker prime minister, Anwaar-ul-Haq Kakar, has reportedly asked the British fast-fashion brand Boohoo to increa…

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World Cup security guards still jailed in Qatar after dispute over unpaid wages

Workers at World Cup 2022 venues fired as tournament ended and allegedly jailed or deported after trying to claim unpaid wagesThree World Cup security guards who were detained while trying to resolve a dispute over unpaid wages are still being held in …

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‘A nightmare I couldn’t wake up from’: half of Rana Plaza survivors unable to work 10 years after disaster

A decade after Bangladesh’s worst garment-industry disaster, injury and ill health plagues those that escapedThe cracks on the walls started to appear two days earlier. But despite the warning signs, Moushumi Begum still came to work on 24 April 2013. …

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‘Dark days in Qatar’: Nepali workers face bitter legacy of World Cup debts

For thousands of low-paid workers, this year’s games brought back only memories of abuse and exploitationOn a huge billboard in front of Kathmandu’s international airport, is a picture of five migrant workers with the words: “Meet the hardest working t…

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