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The Situation of Cambodian Working-Class Women and Their Struggle in the Face of the Covid-19 Pandemic

by Ros Sokunthy Regardless of the fact that it is the twenty-first century, Cambodian working-class women’s lives and labour rights remain relatively poor and have continued to be exploited, particularly during economic and/or broader crises such as the Covid-19...

Monsoon

2022 May 14 By Galileo de Guzman Castillo[i]     Shall this be the terminus or high time Of harsh reckonings and new beginnings? Resonant, dissonant reason or rhyme Disconnected, unreal imaginings And permanent conflicts, contradictions Between those who...

Precarious Road Ahead: The Continuing Struggle of Workers against Contractualization in the Philippines

  By Joseph Purugganan In his final labor day address to workers, outgoing Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte spoke about celebrating “all the triumphs and progress that the labor movement has accomplished over the years,” but he spoke as well about the need...

My Personal Feelings after the Military Coup

By Su Yati* I will start my story with how I became a civil servant before I share my thoughts on how I feel about the military coup in Myanmar. My name is Su Yati, and I used to work as a senior clerk at Myanmar Railways Transportation Department. I had to work...

Indonesian Workers in Crisis

by Muslim Silaen* The labour situation in Indonesia is currently facing the challenge of de-industrialization which has resulted in many workers starting to turn into informal workers. The time and rules imposed in work are also now becoming more lax or flexible—the...

The Post-Pandemic Workers’ Agenda: Who Is Saying What?

By Anusha Lall The COVID-19 Pandemic, Recovery and Impact on Workers The impact of the pandemic and post-pandemic recovery plans on workers across Asia and the world demands attention. The fallouts of the pandemic in terms of economic disruption, surging unemployment,...

Reseed

2022 April 1 By Galileo de Guzman Castillo[i]       You, who’ve fed the world with calloused hands For years have struggled, deprived and starved Cultivating soils and tilling lands But remaining landless, dispossessed On the grounds, you’ve occupied,...

Indian Farmers Inspire Fight Against Neoliberalism

The year long Indian farmers protest has inspired people all across the world. The grit, resilience, sacrifice and the unity of the farmers made the protests a historic event in the fight against neoliberalism. However, even as the protests at the Delhi borders ended...

Thailand: Building Food Sovereignty through Solidarity!

For many of us organised in The Assembly of the Poor, agriculture is a way of life. Our members are increasingly shifting towards agroecology. However, it is not easy. Peasant Agroecology is doubly difficult to practise at a time when the State and the Corporations...

Photo Exhibition: Peasants Life in Cambodia

Bak Roteh Village, Preaek Luong Commune, Ek hnom District, Battambang Province, Cambodia. 9th March 2022. Photos by Sun Ridan.“Farming is no longer interesting for young people. They do not want to get involved in agriculture work. Because it is hard work and...

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