“It's aw a muddle, lass. Aw a muddle.” This was the dying lament of Stephen Blackpool, the power-loom operator of Hard Times who was driven to physical and emotional ruin by the ruthless economic and industrial system of his day.
Churches and civil society groups are urging the Namibian government to provide citizens with monthly basic income grants by raising taxes. They have called for a Basic Income Grant of 100 Namibian dollars (US$11) to alleviate poverty.
As local action associated with fair trade and labour practices continues, Topshop is facing a day of protests from its core customers, with students across Britain staging demonstrations today at the company's stores.
Archbishop Celestino Migliore, the Vatican's permanent observer to the United Nations in New York, has spoken up for employment and workers' rights at a gathering on social and economic development from 6-15 February 2008.
Electronics workers in Mexico are regularly subjected to denial of labour rights and dignity by companies - practices which needed to be challenged and changed, says a new report from the Catholic Fund for Overseas Development.
An imam, a Christian minister, and a striking janitor from Indiana are coming to London to speak at a trade union gathering, to stress the importance of workers' rights in Islamic social thought, and to take on a company they say is violating them.