Issue 495 of New Internationalist
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Trade unions: rebuild, renew, resist
A relic of a bygone era – or a billion-strong social movement fighting for workers’ rights everywhere?
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Trade unions – the facts
From the changing workplace to zero-hours contracts, precarious working and outsourcing: workers are open to extreme exploitation...
Out of the ashes of Rana Plaza
The factory collapse in 2013 caused an international outcry – but have labour conditions improved? Thulsi Narayanasamy reports...
Big Bad World
Polyp's monthly cartoon.
Mixed Media: Books
Turkey: The Insane and the Melancholy by Ece Temelkuran; The Seamstress and the Wind by César Aira; Remembering Akbar by Behrooz...
How not to build peace: what's been missing from the UN process
UN peacekeeping is big business, but is it achieving its aims? asks Louisa Waugh.
Mixed Media: Music
NYN by Kristi Stassinopoulou and Stathis Kalyviotis; ‘They Will Kill You, If You Cry’ by Khmer Rouge Survivors.
#VetsVsHate – and Trump
The latest view from the US, by Mark Engler.
The fight goes on: Workers’ struggles and successes from around the globe
Around the world, trade unions are facing fierce repression. But workers are still uniting to stand up for their rights and, in...
A long road to reconciliation
Seven years after the end of the civil war, Jo Eckersley and Ashwin Hemmathagama assess Sri Lanka’s progress.
Taking matters into their own hands
Labour rights in post-socialist countries such as Russia, China and Vietnam are being fought for from outside, not within,...
Mixed Media: Films
The Lovers and the Despot, directed and written by Ross Adam and Robert Cannan; The Confession, directed by Ashish Ghadiali.