Labor

LONDON - JULY 18:  In this photo illustration a pregnant woman is seen stood at the office work station on July 18, 2005 in London, England. Under plans to revise paid maternity leave, an exteneded period of six to nine months will be offered for maternity leave from 2007. (Photo illustration by Daniel Berehulak/Getty Images)

Immigrant Labor or Working Mothers?

Countries facing labor shortages tend to focus on one or the other—but it doesn’t have to be a choice.

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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?

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The Hidden Benefits of Uber

Gig work offers a leg up in the developing world.

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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.

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Then They Came for the Lawyers

Technology has already driven blue-collar workers into the underclass. Professionals may be next.

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Learning to Work With Robots

AI will change everything. Workers must adapt — or else.

Children working as street hawkers at a bazaar in western Kabul say their biggest fears are “terrorist attacks”
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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 gestures as he gives a speech during a campaign meeting in Marseille on April 1, 2017.  (Bertrand Langlois/AFP/Getty Images)

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.

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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.

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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.

TOPSHOT - A protester holds up his fist as riot police prepare to intervene to disperse refinery worker holding a blockade of the oil depot of Douchy-Les-Mines to protest against the government's proposed labour reforms, on May 25, 2016. 
Refinery workers stepped up strikes that threaten to paralyse France weeks ahead of the Euro 2016 tournament as the government moved to break their blockades, escalating a three-month tug-of-war over labour reforms. / AFP / FRANCOIS LO PRESTI        (Photo credit should read FRANCOIS LO PRESTI/AFP/Getty Images)

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.

LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 05: Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn leaves his home in Islington on July 5, 2016 in London, England. Mr Corbyn has said he will remain as leader of Labour despite a string of shadow cabinet resignations and a motion of no confidence being passed by MPs in the party. Former shadow business secretary Angela Eagle has indicated she will run against Mr Corbyn as Labour Party leader unless he steps down.  (Photo by Jack Taylor/Getty Images)

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?

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Age Boom

Why now is the time to retire the idea of retirement.

A worker dries organic coffee beans produced at the Fortaleza Environmental Farm in Mococa, some 300 km northeast of Sao Paulo, Brazil on August 6, 2015. AFP PHOTO / NELSON ALMEIDA        (Photo credit should read NELSON ALMEIDA/AFP/Getty Images)

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.

A protester holds a sign reading "Bad Year - Workers : We were formidable (making 24 000 tyres per day) - Bosses : They were pathetic (pushing for outsourcing)" as workers of the Goodyear tyre manufacturing company's factory in Amiens take part in a protest against the company's announced layoffs of workers, in front of the town hall in Amiens, on January 18, 2014. A few hundred workers took part in the protest against the proposed layoffs with many chanting a common slogan 'To fire a worker is to kill a family'. AFP PHOTO / FRANCOIS NASCIMBENI        (Photo credit should read FRANCOIS NASCIMBENI/AFP/Getty Images)

France: No, You Can No Longer Kidnap Your Boss

A group of Goodyear employees are facing jail time for holding executives hostage in 2014.

Migrant workers harvest strawberries at a farm March 13, 2013 near Oxnard, California. A mess with no easy fix: American crops going unpicked -- it's backbreaking work Americans won't touch -- and poor migrants in need of work are shying away for fear of being abused.  AFP PHOTO/JOE KLAMAR        (Photo credit should read JOE KLAMAR/AFP/Getty Images)

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.

Muslim ethnic Uighur women pass a Chinese paramilatary police on patrol on a street in Urumqi, capital of China's Xinjiang region on July 3, 2010 ahead of the first anniversary of bloody violence that erupted between the region's Muslim ethnic Uighurs and members of China's majority Han ethnicity. The government says nearly 200 people were killed and about 1,700 injured in the unrest, China's worst ethnic violence in decades, with Han making up most of the victims.    AFP PHOTO/Peter PARKS (Photo credit should read PETER PARKS/AFP/Getty Images)

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The Dark Side of Burma’s Economic Boom

Yes, Burma's economy is growing — off the backs of the country's impoverished workers.

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