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Ethiopian Workers' Archive being digitized
In March 2015, IISH staff members Andreas Admasie, Stefano Bellucci and Marien van der Heijden visited the Bahir Dar Textile...
Work-related Stress
In 1999, according to data from the European Commission, over half of the 147 million workers in the European Union stated that...
Cabbyitis, an Occupational Illness
"The lack of job security and the unspeakable working conditions, the constant striving to make ends meet on a miserly commission...
Sailor's Friend
The plight of the ordinary seaman commanded much attention from the British public in the mid-1870s. Some 20 percent of the...
Santa María de Iquique
The saltpeter mines in Chili were notorious for  miserable working conditions and labour exploitation. Striking miners occupied a...
Bone-crushing Mill
A boy of fifteen named Radhoo Saitoo began working at five in the evening at his place of employment, a bone-crushing mill in...
Silk Workers Love Siesta
As of 1854, a crisis in the silk industry due to competition from Lyon and a disease among the silkworms affected the city of...
Toy Factory Fire
The Kader Toy Factory fire on 10 May 1993 in Thailand is considered as one the worst industrial inferno's in history. 188 people...
Mail Runner attacked by a Tiger
The legendary Indian dak (mail) runner faced many dangers and he was armed with a spear to protect himself against wild animals....
Safety at Work
In 2003 the International Labour Organization ILO declared 28 April the World Day for Safety and Health at Work. That same day...
Dirty Clothes
In Dhaka, Bangladesh, a commercial building with five garment factories operating inside collapsed. After days of searching,...
Black Miners
A mine disaster in Kinross, South Africa, killed 177 people. The Board of Kinross Mine did not identify the dead black miners by...
Summer Begins
In the history of the labour movement, holidays is associated with struggle and collective organization. The intellectual elite...
Safety and Work
An exhibition in the Paleis voor Volksvlijt in Amsterdam opened on June 15, 1890 was the first to focus on safety at work.This...
No Smoking at Work
The eleventh commandment in the woolen mill in Winchendon, Massachusetts is a smoking prohibition, issued July 5, 1830. Smoking...
Occupational Accident Victims
The disastrous fires in the Kader Factory (Thailand, 1993) and Zhili Toy Factory (China, 1993), that killed more than 250 workers...
Tegen rampspoed en risico
Over wat de werkplek vroeger en nu tot een gevaarlijk of veilig oord maaktIn De Burcht is tot en met 4 maart 2001 een...
Leerdam Glass Factory
For Dutch people the glass industry in Leerdam is very well known, but strangely enough the knowledge about the history of this...
Asbestos in Brazil
Asbestos reveals the effects of globalization from an unusual perspective. The health hazards associated with the use of asbestos...
Elections and Migrant Workers in Namibia 1978
Photos by Frits EisenloeffelIn December 1978 Frits Eisenloeffel travelled to Namibia to report on the elections. The elections...
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