Speaking Out for Young Workers

Speaking Out for Young Workers

Commentary and news on occupational health and safety for young workers.


Young Worker Weekly Roundup

Another week has gone by and there were a lot of great stories out there about young workers and other issues pertinent for young people. I have pulled together some of the more onotable stories. Spead the word and share these stories.

The first story comes to us from NPR and is about a young female who has been working at a construction site in the city of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia to build a better life for herself. This is an amazing story about going against the system to gain autonomy. http://www.npr.org/2013/08/07/207858449/for-ethiopian-women-construction-jobs-offer-a-better-life

The second story comes out of Bangladesh where, sadly, a worker who has been in a coma for 108 days since the collapse of the garmet factory building has died. I feel that it is important that the collapse of this building that killed over 1100 people back in April should stay in the news. http://www.news24.com/World/News/Bangladesh-worker-dies-108-days-later-20130812-4

The third story comes out of China. For years, factory workers in China have been forced to work long hours and stay in dormitories. Conditions for these electronics workers include exposure to toxic chemicals, a disproptionate number of workers committing sucide by jumping out of the windows of hte factories, and reports of an unsually high incidence of leukemia, lymphoma, brain cancer, and other serious illensses. (Also check out this article.) The latest story to hit the news is of a mass protest and strike from the young workers at Foxconn factories.

The forth story comes from California, where a young power line worker was killed by electrocution. Let us remember his life, another young worker taken too soon.

Finally, I plead that every person reading this takes 34 minutes and 56 seconds out of your busy day to watch this video. I promise that you will never pick up your phone to text while driving ever again.