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Act swiftly and fairly to ease shift from fossil fuels, say labour experts

Germany Jaenschwalde coal power plant

Barcelona, SpainThomson Reuters Foundation From retraining coal miners in solar tech to job programs focused on tree-planting, companies and governments must act fast to implement measures promoting a so-called just transition away from fossil fuels, labour rights experts said last week. Failure to quickly pull finance out of fossil fuel industries or explain to workers […]

Violence at Apple supplier in India fuels fears of further worker unrest

India Bengalaru Wistron Corp

Chennai, IndiaThomson Reuters Foundation The ransacking of an iPhone manufacturer in southern India could be the first of many “flashpoints” involving local workers in the supply chains of major brands, researchers said this week, pointing to a lack of rights and recourse under new labour laws. Thousands of contract workers in India’s tech hub of […]

Virus-idled Indian workers dig into a new job: boosting water security

India Workers dig water retention trenches

Sagar, IndiaThomson Reuters Foundation Basant Ahirwar worked as an expert mason in India’s northern Uttar Pradesh state before the country’s coronavirus lockdown shut down business and forced him to return, jobless and largely on foot, to his home in central India’s Madhya Pradesh state. Now, however, he has found new work: Digging water capture pits […]

Major Thai coffee brand vows to repay 200 debt-ridden farmers

Thailand coffee picker

Chiang Rai, ThailandThomson Reuters Foundation A major Thai coffee brand has vowed to repay about 200 farmers who were forced to take out loans while waiting nearly three years for payment, leaving them with spiralling debts. Doi Chaang Coffee – which has more than 50 franchises in South-East Asia – said it would pay about […]