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McDonald's gives workers a raise, but is criticized for not going far enough

CNN Money, 02 April 2015 - McDonald's is once again a target for criticism. This time for giving raises to 90,000 of its hourly-wage workers.

Posted by Matthieu Cognac at Apr 03, 2015 04:49 PM |
March Employment Report Expected To Show Continued Job Growth 03 April 2015 - The pulse of the U.S. job market will be revealed Friday morning when the government releases employment data for March. Economists expect employers to have added more than 200,000 jobs.

Posted by Matthieu Cognac at Apr 03, 2015 04:35 PM |
Youth job fair offers kids summer work, 02 April 2015 - UTICA, NY - A youth job fair in Utica had about 200 kids spent their spring break trying to secure work for the summer months.

Posted by Matthieu Cognac at Apr 03, 2015 04:32 PM |
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Microfinance for Decent Work

ILO February 2015 -Entrepreneurs in the informal economy, and the employees that work in those businesses, are often exposed to difficult and dangerous working conditions. The tools used to identify, prevent and rectify such conditions in the formal economy – including social dialogue between employers and employees, labour inspection and other applications of labour law – generally do not apply to the unregistered enterprises that proliferate in many emerging economies. Consequently, alternative approaches are required. But how can one reach these enterprises and influence their conditions?

Posted by Matthieu Cognac at Feb 18, 2015 12:00 AM |
YOUTH & CONSEQUENCES Unemployment, Injustice and Violence

Mercy Corps - Every year, Western donors deploy vast sums of development assistance to dampen the appeal, among the world’s youth, of militias, pirates and terrorists. But guided by little in the way of empirical evidence, it is an enterprise plagued by unclear payoffs and unintended consequences.

Posted by Matthieu Cognac at Feb 16, 2015 12:00 AM |
Lao Development Report 2014

World Bank - Recent media reports of a perceived “skills problem” in Lao PDR have spurred an intense focus on skills development initiatives. Alarming media coverage of rising wages and complaints among firms of a shortage of skilled workers has raised concerns over whether Lao workers are equipped with the skills sought by firms. The Government and other partners have responded by channeling more resources to skills development, for example with investments in vocational training facilities to train more workers. This report argues that the workforce problems which Lao PDR faces do not only stem from problems in the education sector. Looking only to skills development as a solution would not address the fundamental problems constraining economic growth, employment creation, and poverty reduction. Creating an environment conducive for farm and non-farm businesses to make investments and grow remains an essential first step for skills development. As World Bank (2004) states, Training does not create jobs. Skills are a derived demand and that demand depends on policies for growth and employment creation.

Posted by Matthieu Cognac at Oct 01, 2014 12:00 AM |
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