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Indonesians Protest For Higher Wages On May Day 2014...JAKARTA, INDONESIA - MAY 1:  Indonesian labour activists representing underpaid and downtrodden workers perform during a Labour Day protest on May 1, 2014 in Jakarta, Indonesia.  Protesters across Indonesia have organised rallies to demand higher wages, as Indonesia recognises its first national labour day holiday. (Photo by Ed Wray/Getty Images)

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Indonesian labour activists perform during a Labour day protest in Jakarta, Indonesia, one of several rallies taking place across the country to demand higher wages 

Masked policemen take cover behind shields during clashes at a May Day demonstration on May 1, 2013, in Istanbul.  Several people were injured on Wednesday as Turkish riot police used water canon and tear gas to disperse hundreds of protesters who defied a May Day ban on demonstrations in a central part of Istanbul.

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Masked police officers take cover behind shields during clashes at a May Day demonstration in Istanbul. Several people were injured on Wednesday as Turkish riot police used water canon and teargas to disperse hundreds of protesters who defied a May Day ban on demonstrations in a central part of Istanbul, Turkey.

A female porter climbs the stairs carrying a sack of vegetables on her back at Beringharjo traditional market on May 1, 2013 in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. These female porters earn their living carrying fruit, vegetables and dry goods among other items, in baskets strapped to their backs starting work in the early hours and finishing late in the day. It is reported that on a busy day at the market, the average porter will earn an income of Rp 35.000 or US$37 per day. Labor day is celebrated across South East Asia on May 1st and is seen as an opportunity to acknowledge the social and economic accomplishments of the workers.

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A female porter climbs the stairs at Beringharjo traditional market in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. These female porters earn their living carrying fruit, vegetables and dry goods in baskets strapped to their backs, starting work in the early hours and finishing late in the day. On a busy day the porter will earn on average an income of Rp35,000, or $3.70 a day.

Pakistani labourers work at an iron factory in Karachi on April 30, 2013, on the eve of International Labour Day. Pakistan has a workforce of around 56 million people among a population of 179 million, according to Pakistan's official figures compiled by the Federal Bureau of Statistics.

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Pakistani labourers work at an iron factory in Karachi on the eve of International Labour Day. Pakistan has a workforce of around 56m people among a population of 179m, according to Pakistan’s official figures compiled by the Federal Bureau of Statistics.