Life at sea: Sailing with the Maritime Labour Convention

We had arrived in China at just about the same time as Typhoon Utor.

Which was a bit of a problem, since our cameraman Damien Riunaud and I had travelled to Shenzhen to board the Singapore-bound APL Boston container ship and produce video footage documenting life at sea.

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Jobs: the gorilla in the Davos living room

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Director-General of the International Labour Organization

In the past few days, I’ve had a chance to talk to some of the leaders who thronged Davos for the annual World Economic Forum.

Some were upbeat over the global economic recovery – however tepid – but I also heard a lot of concern over growing inequality, rising unemployment and the bleak outlook for young people.  Continue reading

Somali tea and jobs

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Chief Technical Advisor in Somalia

Talking over a cup of tea is the main drive for job creation in Somaliland.

It is the way Somalis do business, the way they build on the new opportunities that can deliver badly  needed jobs in a land where three out of four people under 30 are unemployed (*).

“Talking means trade, and trade generates work,” says Mustafa Othman, member of the organization Shaqodoon (Somali word for job-seeker). “Jobs generate income, so we can sit over a Somali tea and keep on doing business.” Continue reading