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Cover for April 1980 - Issue 086 - Employment crisis in the Third World

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Well-paid, productive work is the most basic of human needs. Yet it’s denied to millions of people in rich and poor countries alike. Incomes of the poor majority in the Third World stagnate. Western nations, faced with global recession and job-displacing new technology, have abandoned all hope of full employment. We investigate this looming job crisis.

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Making Work

A picture summary of the employment problem.

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Cheaper than machines

Diana Roose looks at the working lives of women in Southeast Asia’s electronics industry.

Chipping Away Jobs

Mick Mclean on micro-electronics and the new automation technology.

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The World of Work

Facts and figures on the changing job picture.

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The Most Basic Need

Wayne Ellwood reports on the global battle for well-paid work.

Brazilian Gasahol

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The Trade Games

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Where are They Now?

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A Political Party?

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Overworked and Underpaid

Glen Williams on the work of Indonesia’s rural poor.

'Bhaiya, awhee proper punish'

The struggle of Guyana’s sugar workers. By Mike Jones.

Striking points

Myths about the right to strike.

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America's Working Poor

Richard Kaziz surveys some encouraging and innovative attempts to organize low-paid and unemployed workers in the U.S.

Scrambling for a foothold

What trade unions offer. Joe Holland looks at the Philippines and Richard Kaziz at attempts to organize America’s working poor.

Barefoot Businessmen

Peter Harrison investigates how the poor make ends meet and Peter Stalker talks to one squatter family in India.

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In the January-February 2017 issue of New Internationalist Chris Brazier completes a unique journalistic project by returning to the village in Burkina Faso, in west Africa, that he first visited in 1985 while making a film.

He visited in 1995 and 2005 to report on changes in the lives of individuals and on the progress of development in the community. The previous magazines have offered an intriguing insight into the lives of people battling against poverty and have reported on substantial positive changes in the life of the community – from the opening of a health centre and a primary school in the village to the first appearance of mobile phones.

Have the past 11 years of change brought further progress? And are the individuals that we have tracked over the three decades still healthy and happy?

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