Closing the Factory Doors
For two centuries, countries have used low-wage labor to climb out of poverty. What will happen when robots take those jobs?
Facing the Future of Work
FP’s editor in chief introduces our July issue on how to adapt to robots, AI, trade wars, and an aging world.
Then They Came for the Lawyers
Technology has already driven blue-collar workers into the underclass. Professionals may be next.
Children Are Paying the Price for Afghanistan’s Endless War
As schools become targets, young Afghans are living and working on the streets — and the government isn’t doing much to protect them.
Emmanuel Macron Wants YOU for the French Army
Mandatory military conscription is the French equivalent of Donald Trump’s wall — a pet project that’s become a political albatross.
Trump Doesn’t Understand the Economics of Immigration
The United States is facing an aging population and a lack of skilled workers. The president's immigration policy is only going to make it worse.
Uzbekistan Forced Labor Linked to World Bank Projects, Advocates Say
A new report from Human Rights Watch and Uzbek activists alleges the continued use of forced and child labor in harvesting the Central Asian country’s cotton crop.
Emmanuel Macron Is Facing the ‘Mother of All Battles’
France’s new president is about to face off against some of the West's fiercest organized labor. At stake is the future of Europe.
Voting for Jeremy Corbyn Isn’t Just Dumb. It’s Dangerous.
British voters already pulled the lever for Brexit. Will they elect a terrorist-loving, Jew-baiting, NATO-hater as prime minister next?
In Brazil’s Coffee Industry, Some Workers Face ‘Conditions Analogous to Slavery’
A new report sheds light on punishing labor issues in the coffee sector, and on Brazil’s progressive efforts to protect farmworkers.
France: No, You Can No Longer Kidnap Your Boss
A group of Goodyear employees are facing jail time for holding executives hostage in 2014.
Workers of the World, Divided!
Estonian parents get two years of paid leave, U.S. prisoners make $.12 an hour, and other statistics to consider this Labor Day.
The Dark Side of Burma’s Economic Boom
Yes, Burma's economy is growing — off the backs of the country's impoverished workers.
Laundering the Global Garment Industry’s Dirty Business
Two years after Bangladesh's Rana Plaza disaster, experts say a dense network of little-known agents and subcontractors is still getting in the way of better work conditions.