Global real wage growth has stagnated compared to productivity in recent decades contributing to widening income inequality. Economic desperation is compounded by the fact that half of the world’s population lacks any form of social protection.
South African winery workers, are among the lowest paid and most harshly treated in the country. Yet their union just won a strike through a combination of worker action at home and interntional solidarity that targetted the employer's brand.
Tens of thousands of workers at industrial estates across Indonesia walked off their jobs on Oct 28 at the start of week-long protests to demand average wage increases of 50 per cent next year, citing rising living costs.