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Half of developing world’s workers trapped in vulnerable jobs

More than half of the developing world’s workers are trapped in vulnerable jobs, working for themselves or in unpaid family work, according to a new report that calls for better quality employment to drive economic growth. The International Labour Organisation (ILO) also highlights an urgent need for 200m new jobs in emerging…

Modern-day slavery: Forced labor generates $150 billion a year in illegal profits

Forced labour in the global private economy generates illegal profits of $150bn (£89bn) a year – three times more than previously thought – according to a report that lays bare the lucrative scale of the exploitation faced by millions of people trapped in modern-day slavery, coerced employment and trafficking. The study, by…

You’d be surprised at how poor the new ‘middle class’ is in the developing world

The International Labour Organisation has identified a rapid growth of ‘the developing middle class’ – a group earning between $4 and $13 a day When a million people swarmed on to the streets of Brazil last June there was consensus that the protest was a phenomenon of the “new middle…

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