Cueca dancers celebrate the indigenous Aymara culture of the Andes – but in modern garb – as a carnaval parade gets under way in Arica, Chile.Photo: Jeffrey Isaac Greenberg 20+/Alamy

Living well

The obsession with full employment is a dead end in a world on the ecological brink. Richard Swift explores what could sustain us instead.

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NI 534 - The future of work - November, 2021
Read my facemask: a woman at a rally of essential workers in Detroit, Michigan, US, October 2020.Photo: Emily Elconin/Reuters/Alamy

The fight for lives and labour

Black women in the US do the socially important work, often unnamed and unrecognized, that is essential to the profit of an economic elite. Rose M Brewer profiles four examples of how they are standing up for change.

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NI 534 - The future of work - November, 2021
Catching up with the Trolley Times, Ghaziabad, India, April 2021. The four-page weekly newspaper, printed in Gurmukhi and Hindi, was founded in December 2020 to give voice to the farmers’ protest.Photo: SOPA Images Limited/Alamy

Holding out for the harvest

The stratagems of big corporate players and a compliant government will make the job of growing food not worth doing for Indian smallholders. Farming is not just an occupation but a way of life – and the fightback is robust. Navsharan Singh outlines just what is at stake.

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NI 534 - The future of work - November, 2021
Launched in May 2020, the worker-members of ChiFresh Kitchen have been busy throughout the Covid-19 pandemic cooking up healthy, culturally appropriate food for their Chicago community. As well as providing emergency food aid, the co-op – which employs formerly incarcerated people – is also contracted to provide food for schools and social centres and makes several hundred meals a day.Photo: Kai Brown

The democratic workplace

Can employees be in full control of their enterprises? Amy Hall explores the possibilities and tensions of worker co-operatives.

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NI 534 - The future of work - November, 2021
No fear of heights: two engineers check out the drill shaft on an oil platform in the North Sea.Photo: Horizon International Images Limited/Alamy

Green jobs - puffery and promise

Campaigners have long argued that a transition to renewable energy could provide a jobs bonanza. Now politicians are talking that talk – but many workers in the fossil-fuel industry believe it’s a con. Conrad Landin picks through the rhetoric with offshore workers in Scotland.

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NI 534 - The future of work - November, 2021
 Economic migrants from rural areas at work on a construction site in Nairobi, Kenya. Such jobs are usually temporary, sometimes just a day’s labour.Photo: Nature Picture/Alamy

The squeeze on workers

Starting from the revelations of a global pandemic, Dinyar Godrej looks into the possible futures of work.

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Photo: World bank photo collection

Can workers reset the system?

Coronavirus has closed factories and workshops across the world, spelling disaster for millions of people who subsist on poverty wages. Tansy Hoskins reimagines a garment industry where workers are better protected.

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NI 527 - Covid-19 lessons from the pandemic - September, 2020
Agony Uncle

Agony Uncle

Ethical and political dilemmas abound these days. Seems like we’re all in need of a New Internationalist perspective. Enter stage: Agony Uncle.

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NI 525 - The fight for clean air - May, 2020
Illustration: Andy Carter

What if… we worked less?

Aidan Harper makes the case for a new politics of time.

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NI 520 - The right to the city - July, 2019

Maria Soccorro dela Cruz (pictured with her grandson), was sexually and verbally abused while a domestic worker in Lebanon and Syria to support her family in Manila.Photo: Robin Hammond / Panos

Sponsored abuse

A lack of legal protection combined with toxic prejudice leaves migrant workers in Lebanon between a rock and a hard place. But the struggle for rights is under way and, as Fiona Broom reports, it’s coming from the ground up.

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NI 507 - Humans vs robots - November, 2017
Illustration by Sarah John

Letter from Cochabamba

Working children have more pressing concerns than the law, discovers Amy Booth.

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NI 499 - African village - January, 2017
The downside to electric cars

The downside to electric cars

They may be good for the environment, but not for those mining the cobalt needed to manufacture their batteries, writes Neil Thompson.

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NI 499 - African village - January, 2017
Bitter grapes sweeten in South Africa

Bitter grapes sweeten in South Africa

Peter Kenworthy on a striking success for wine workers.

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NI 499 - African village - January, 2017
Picking up the pieces: a garment worker sorts material in a building near the site of the Rana Plaza collapse.Photo: G.M.B. Akash/Panos Pictures

Out of the ashes of Rana Plaza

The factory collapse in 2013 caused an international outcry – but have labour conditions improved? Thulsi Narayanasamy reports from Bangladesh.

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NI 495 - Trade unions - rebuild, renew, resist - September, 2016
The missing Ayotzinapa teachers remembered in Oaxaca, Mexico.Photo: Jim West/Alamy Stock Photo

The fight goes on…

Workers’ struggles and successes from around the globe, from this month's New Internationalist magazine.

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NI 495 - Trade unions - rebuild, renew, resist - September, 2016
Migrant workers join Hong Kong dockworkers in a protest for better working conditions. Though Hong Kong has more progressive labour laws than China, trade unionists still face discrimination and there is no law protecting the right to collective bargaining.Photo: Robert SC Kemp/Alamy Stock Photo

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, official trade unions. Tim Pringle reports.

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NI 495 - Trade unions - rebuild, renew, resist - September, 2016
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A migrant’s story

Trade unions aren’t even on the radar of most of London’s poorly treated hospitality workers. But a union could help them find their voice, as Afrika explains.

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NI 495 - Trade unions - rebuild, renew, resist - September, 2016
‘We’re worth it!’ Members of the German ver.di trade union make a noise ahead of wage negotiations in April.Photo: dpa picture alliance/Alamy Stock Photo

Still standing or standing still?

Jo Lateu considers the state of the unions, and argues that a revival has already begun.

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NI 495 - Trade unions - rebuild, renew, resist - September, 2016
People cast their ballots during a vote on whether to give every adult citizen a basic guaranteed monthly income of 2,500 Swiss francs ($2,560), in a school in Bern, Switzerland, June 5, 2016.Photo: REUTERS/RUBEN SPRICH

The Universal Basic Income is an idea the left must embrace

This is an exciting idea whose time has come, writes Paul Donovan.

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NI 493 - Love in the time of Ebola - June, 2016
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The ‘Fight for $15’ dreams big – and wins

Mark Engler hails a significant victory for workers in the US.

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NI 493 - Love in the time of Ebola - June, 2016

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The future of work November, 2021
The future of work November, 2021
The future of work November, 2021
The future of work November, 2021
The future of work November, 2021
The future of work November, 2021
Covid-19 lessons from the pandemic September, 2020
The fight for clean air May, 2020
The right to the city July, 2019
Humans vs robots November, 2017
African village January, 2017
African village January, 2017
African village January, 2017
Trade unions - rebuild, renew, resist September, 2016
Trade unions - rebuild, renew, resist September, 2016
Trade unions - rebuild, renew, resist September, 2016
Trade unions - rebuild, renew, resist September, 2016
Trade unions - rebuild, renew, resist September, 2016
Love in the time of Ebola June, 2016
Love in the time of Ebola June, 2016
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