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Ripple Impact Of Financial Crisis On Migrant Workers

The financial crisis which is impacting banks and economies in most industralized nations is having an even more profound impact on nations which export workers to the rest of the world. At any given time, an estimated ten percent of the population of the Philippines is hard at work in another country. Last year the Filipino workers sent home about $14 billion which represent about ten percent of the gross domestic product of the Philippines. Overseas employment has been an escape valve for the nation which needs to export workers or face the prospect of an enormous unemployment factor in the country.

A world wide recession could impact, not just Filipino workers, but those from societies such as Bangladesh or India which also export workers. More than two million Filipinos work in the United States and are sending home billions. If a recession requires cut backs in work and that impacts migrant workers, the results will be economic, social, and political disaster for many countries. For example, hospitals in many nations employ of Filipino doctors and nurses. How could they function without these workers?

Turkey Arrest Professor Over May Day Incidents

Nongovernment organizations and political leaders have strongly criticized the Turkish government for its detention of Professor Gencay Gursov, chair of the Turkish Medical Association(TTB), who was allegedly arrested because doctors provided medical assistance to demonstrators in the May Day attack by police and army units against workers. His detention came two days after the TTB issued a criminal complaint against Istanbul police officers who used tear gas against workers who had taken shelter in the emergency services of the Sisli Etfai hoospital during May Day demonstrations.

Onder Okay, head of the Ankara Medical A ssociation stated bluntly: “We know the real cause of the detention. We, doctors, do not accept being detained and kept silent.” In most nations of Europe, workers marched peacefully on May Day, but in Turkey, the govenment used its power to smash this peaceful form of worker pride. It is apparent the Turkish government fears the power of workers and this will be an issue when it applies for membership in the European Union.

Does the Muslim oriented Justice and Development Party of Turkey fear the emergence of a more secular worker movement?