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

April 1980's Issue

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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Featured in issue 086

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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