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In this photograph taken on February 5, ...In this photograph taken on February 5, 2015, Afghan labourer, Shir Ahmad (26) sorts carpet wraps at a traditional yarn factory in Mazar-i-sharif of Balkh province.  The labourers work from dawn to dusk and earn around four US dollars per day, with the products sold for the local market.  AFP PHOTO / Farshad UsyanFARSHAD USYAN/AFP/Getty Images

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Afghan labourer, Shir Ahmad sorts carpet wraps at a traditional yarn factory in Mazar-i-sharif of Balkh province. The labourers work from dawn to dusk and earn around $4 a day, with the products sold for the local market 

A worker takes a nap during lunch break, at a Foxconn factory in the township of Longhua in Shenzhen, Guangdong province...A worker takes a nap during lunch break, at a Foxconn factory in the township of Longhua in Shenzhen, Guangdong province January 21, 2015. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu (CHINA - Tags: BUSINESS SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY INDUSTRIAL SOCIETY)

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Workers nap during lunch break, at a Foxconn factory in the township of Longhua in Shenzhen, Guangdong province, China

A Bangladeshi child labourer works at an aluminium pot factory in Dhaka on October 21, 2014. More than 6.3 million children under the age of 14 are working in Bangladesh, according to a UNICEF report on child labour.

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A Bangladeshi child works at an aluminium pot factory in Dhaka on Tuesday. More than 6.3 m children under the age of 14 are working in Bangladesh, according to a Unicef report

In this photograph taken on September 7,...In this photograph taken on September 7, 2014, Afghan labourer Nayim,42, works at a leather factory in the Tashqurghan district on the outskirts of Mazar-i-sharif. Animal hide is one of the top exports in Afghanistan, often sent through neighbouring Pakistan to international leather markets worldwide. AFP PHOTO/FARSHAD USYANFARSHAD USYAN/AFP/Getty Images

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Afghan labourer Nayim, 42, works at a leather factory in the Tashqurghan district on the outskirts of Mazar-i-sharif. Animal hide is one of the top exports in Afghanistan, often sent through neighbouring Pakistan to international leather markets worldwide 

Workers collect sugar cane at the largest sugar factory in the Central African Republic in Ngakobo, 450Km East of the capital Bangui, on June 5, 2014. A sugar refinery -- the wartorn Central African Republic's biggest factory -- is back in business after soldiers recaptured it from former rebels who occupied it for more than a year. In a rare boost to the impoverished nation's battered economy, the plant's 150 employees are back on the job in Ngakobo in the east of the former French colony -- with African peacekeepers providing security.

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Workers collect sugar cane at the largest sugar factory in the Central African Republic in Ngakobo, 450km east of the capital Bangui.

Firefighters try to douse a fire at a cotton factory in Allahabad

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Firefighters try to douse a fire at a cotton factory in the northern Indian city of Allahabad on Thursday

An employee of the "Seita-Imperial tobacco" plant in Carquefou wears the symbolic cask of comic book hero Asterix during a protest at the entrance of the factory on April 16, 2014. Imperial Tobacco yesterday announced the closure of factories in Britain and France with the loss of 900 jobs, citing declining sales in Europe, tougher anti-smoking measures and the growth of contraband sales. The two factories concerned are Carquefou's one, where 327 people are employed, and Nottingham in central England, which has 540 staff.

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An employee of the Seita-Imperial Tobacco plant in Carquefou wears the symbolic cask of comic book hero Asterix during a protest at the entrance of the factory. Imperial Tobacco on Tuesday announced the closure of factories in Britain and France with the loss of 900 jobs.

Afghan worker prepares candies at a factory in Herat, Afghanistan, 16 April 2014. The economy of Afghanistan has improved significantly since 2002 due to the induction of billions of dollars in international aid and investments. The recent improvement is also due to remarkable progress in agricultural production especially Grapes, Pomegranates, Apricots, melons and superior Potatoes.

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An Afghan worker prepares candies at a factory in Herat, Afghanistan on Wednesday. The nation’s economy has improved significantly since 2002 due to billions of dollars in international aid and investments.

Brooks Saddle works

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A craftsman inspects a saddle at Brooks Saddle works, Smethwick, Birmingham.

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A Bodet worker carries a clock at a plant in Trémentines, western France. Bodet has manufactured clocks since 1868 for churches, stations, sports halls and employs 630 workers in France.

Employees work inside a limestone powder factory in an industrial area in Mumbai

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Employees work inside a limestone powder factory in an industrial area in Mumbai on Tuesday

An employee works inside an undergarment factory in Kolkata March 10, 2014.

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An employee works inside an undergarment factory in Kolkata, India.

Nisha Maji, who lives and works with family at brick factory, is pictured as she helps her family members to carry bricks in Kathmandu...Nisha Maji, 5, who lives and works with her family at a brick factory, is pictured as she helps her family members to carry bricks in Kathmandu January 2, 2014.  A group of Nepalese youth associated with the non-profit organisation called "Gothalo Nepal" has taken initiative to provide basic education to the children belonging to the underprivileged family once a week in this brick factory. REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar (NEPAL - Tags: SOCIETY BUSINESS EMPLOYMENT)

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Nisha Maji, 5, who lives and works with her family at a brick factory in Kathmandu, Nepal, helps family members carry bricks. A group of Nepalese youth associated with the non-profit organisation Gothalo Nepal is providing basic education to the factory children once a week. 

Aisha carries coal to be used for cooking and heating from a brick-making factory in Jalalabad...Aisha 11, carries coal to be used for cooking and heating from a brick-making factory in Jalalabad December 17, 2013.

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Aisha 11, carries coal to be used for cooking and heating from a brick-making factory in Jalalabad, Afghanistan

An employee works in a textile factory in Huaibei, east China's Anhui province on Thursday. China's manufacturing activity expanded at its strongest pace in seven months in October, British banking giant HSBC said, adding to evidence the world's second-largest economy is recovering.

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A textile factory worker in Huaibei, in east China’s Anhui province, on Thursday

Palestinian factory workers rest inside ...Palestinian factory workers rest inside concrete pipes as they wait for the start of a working day in Gaza City on October 23, 2013. AFP PHOTO/MOHAMMED ABEDMOHAMMED ABED/AFP/Getty Images

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Palestinian factory workers rest inside concrete pipes as they wait for the start of a working day in Gaza City on Wednesday. 

Factory fire kills at least nine in Bangladesh

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People watch the rescue operation from outside the factory after a devastating fire at the dyeing section of two-storey Aswad Composite Mills at Maona, Gazipur, Bangladesh. At least nine people were killed when a fire broke out at an apparel factory on the outskirts of Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh.

Steam from the Verso paper mill is backlit by the light of the setting moon in this time-exposure, Friday, Sept. 20, 2013, in Bucksport, Maine. Verso makes coated papers used by publications such as catalogs and magazines.

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Steam from the Verso paper mill is backlit by the light of the setting moon in this time-exposure on Friday in Bucksport, Maine. Verso makes coated papers used by publications such as catalogs and magazines.

A worker operates in the blast furnace at ArcelorMittal's steel plant in Ostrava, Czech Republic. ArcelorMittal, the world's biggest steelmaker, said steel shipments will rise 1 percent to 2 percent this year compared with an earlier forecast of 2 percent in May.

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A worker operates in the blast furnace at ArcelorMittal‘s steel plant in Ostrava, Czech Republic. ArcelorMittal, the world’s biggest steelmaker, said shipments of the metal would rise 1 per cent to 2 per cent this year compared with an earlier forecast in May of 2 per cent.

 A worker selects the finest tobacco leaves at Rizona Baru cigar factory on July 12, 2013 in Temanggung, central Java,  Indonesia. Rizona Baru cigar factory was builth on 1910 by Oo Tjong Han a chinese immigrant who live in Temanggung. Everyday the factory could produce 3000 cigars which are manually crafted by the skilled hands of the workers, who are mostly women.

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A worker selects the finest tobacco leaves at the Rizona Baru cigar factory on Friday in Temanggung, Central Java, Indonesia. The factory, which was built in 1910 by a Chinese immigrant Oo Tjong Han, produces 3,000 cigars a month, handmade by the mostly women employees.