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‘A dying art’: India’s female seaweed divers look to a brighter future for their girls

For generations, mothers in Tamil Nadu have taught their daughters the dangerous trade. But while their work has brought them financial independence, few are mourning its passingWith sacks tied around their saris and well-used goggles as their only equ…

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‘Going abroad cost me my health’: Nepal’s migrant workers coming home with chronic kidney disease

Men under 40 are coming home in need of dialysis, after working in intense heat with limited access to drinking water• Photographs by Pete PattissonThree times each week, for four hours at a stretch, Sujan Thami is hooked up to a jumble of tubes in a h…

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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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‘We give our blood so they live comfortably’: Sri Lanka’s tea pickers say they go hungry and live in squalor

Top tea firms investigate as plantation workers say they have to pick 18kg a day but still skip meals and make their children workSome of the world’s leading tea manufacturers, including Tetley and Lipton, are examining working conditions on the planta…

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Not seeing the trees for the wood: willow shortage could spell end for Kashmir’s cricket bat industry

The climate crisis and farmers opting to grow more lucrative timber is putting many bat-makers in Kashmir out of businessFor more than 100 years they have been making cricket bats from Kashmir’s willow trees. Along the highway leading to the town of Sa…

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‘We have a right to live in dignity’: Biharis in Bangladesh fight for equality – and jobs

The Urdu-speaking ethnic group was stateless for many years after the partition of India – and even now remain marginalised, living in cramped settlement camps and struggling to find formal workOn his first day at high school, Khalid Hussain was accuse…

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Revealed: migrant workers in Qatar forced to pay billions in recruitment fees

Guardian investigation finds labourers – including those on World Cup-related projects – were left with huge debtsLow-wage migrant workers have been forced to pay billions of dollars in recruitment fees to secure their jobs in World Cup host nation Qat…

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Britain hands billions to projects linked to labour abuse and climate damage

UK Export Finance used £5.24bn of taxpayer money to fund overseas energy and infrastructure ventures – despite its own review raising concernsThe British government has provided more than £5bn in the past three years to overseas energy and infrastructu…

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Low turnout for India’s national two-day strike as 50 million join protests

Unions say strike over ‘anti-worker’ government policies a success despite limited impact, with far fewer than predicted taking partAn estimated 50 million people joined India’s two-day national strike this week, a fraction of the number expected to pr…

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Fruit pickers lured to Portugal by the dream of a ‘raspberry passport’

Farm workers from south Asia describe exploitative conditions at the heart of Europe’s soft fruits industryWorkers paid less than minimum wage to pick berries destined for UK supermarketsThree days after Sagar* arrived as a worker in Portugal from Nepa…

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‘Renting the Taj Mahal’: the fight to save Darjeeling’s toy train

India’s tiny train has puffed up the Himalayas since 1881 but now the world heritage site is under threat“Darjeeling ko sano rail, hirna lai abo tyari cha / Guard le shuna bhai siti bajayo” (Darjeeling’s dainty train is all set to chug off / Oh, listen…

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