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Union workers from Serikat Pekerja Seluruh Indonesia (SPSI) walk during a protest at the business district in Jakarta, October 17, 2013. Almost one thousand workers participated in the protest, demanding wage raises and objecting to outsourcing, according to local media on Thursday.

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Members of trade union Serikat Pekerja Seluruh Indonesia walk during a protest in the business district in Jakarta. Almost 1,000 workers participated in the protest, demanding wage raises and objecting to outsourcing, according to local media on Thursday.

A man wearing a mask burns a flare on October 15, 2013 in Marseille, southern France, as he takes part in a protest called by French workers' unions (UNEF, UNL, CGT, FSU and FO), against the government's plans to reform France's retirement system.

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A man wearing a mask burns a flare on Tuesday in Marseille, southern France, as he takes part in a protest called by French workers’ union, against the government’s plans to reform France’s retirement system.

Employees of the French chemical firm Kem One demonstrate in the streets of Lyon on September 26, 2013 as Lyon's commercial court examined their situation. The 1,300 employees of Kem One, placed into receivership since March 27, were due to be informed about potential buyers and their restructuring projects but the court delayed its final decision to December 12.

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Employees of the French chemical group Kem One demonstrate in the streets of Lyon on Thursday as the city’s commercial court examined their situation. The 1,300 staff of Kem One, placed into receivership since March 27, were due to be informed about potential buyers and their restructuring projects but the court delayed its final decision until December 12.

Workers wait to enter a construction site early in the morning near an advertisement urging people to protect environment, in Beijing on Thursday.

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Workers wait to enter a construction site early in the morning on Thursday near an advertisement urging people to protect environment, in Beijing.

Laborers cut grass in the City of Knowledge in Panama City September 20, 2013.

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Labourers cut grass in the City of Knowledge in Panama City on Friday.

Protesters chant slogans and carry a banner reading "No", during a rally organized by Greece's ADEDY main public sector union, in central Athens, on Thursday, Aug. 29, 2013. Hundreds of state employees took part in the rally  and held a 4-hour work stoppage to protest planned mandatory public sector employee transfers and suspensions as part of the government's harsh austerity drive.

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Protesters chant slogans and carry a banner reading “No”, during a rally organised by Greece’s Adedy main public sector union in Athens on Thursday. Hundreds of state employees took part in the rally and held a four-hour work stoppage to protest against planned mandatory public sector employee transfers and suspensions as part of the government’s austerity drive

Afghans travel on a bus, on the outskirts of Kabul, Afghanistan, Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2013.

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Afghans travel on a bus, on the outskirts of Kabul, Afghanistan, on Tuesday

Men eat lunch and relax on a stairway covered in artificial grass near St. Pancras Station in London...Men eat lunch and relax on a stairway covered in artificial grass near St. Pancras Station in London August 20 2013.  REUTERS/Suzanne Plunkett (BRITAIN - Tags: ENVIRONMENT SOCIETY)

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Men relax and chat while enjoying the UK’s sunny, warm weather on steps covered in artificial grass near St. Pancras Station in London on Tuesday 

Construction workers wear face masks, to protect them from a heavy smoke haze, as they perform morning exercises in Singapore...Construction workers wear face masks, to protect them from a heavy smoke haze, as they perform morning exercises at the start of their shift in Singapore June 20, 2013. Singapore's air quality deteriorated to "hazardous" levels late on Wednesday as smoke from slash-and-burn land clearing in Indonesia enveloped the city-state, inflaming tensions between the Southeast Asian neighbors.     REUTERS/Tim Wimborne   (SINGAPORE - Tags: ENVIRONMENT BUSINESS CONSTRUCTION HEALTH TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)

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Construction workers wear face masks to protect them from a heavy smoke haze, as they perform morning exercises at the start of their shift in Singapore on Thursday. The city state’s air quality deteriorated to “hazardous” levels late on Wednesday as it was enveloped in smoke from slash-and-burn land clearing in Indonesia, which has inflamed tensions between the Southeast Asian neighbours. 

Bangladeshi garment workers employed at Rana Plaza, the garment factory building that collapsed, stand in a queue to receive wages in Savar near Dhaka, Bangladesh, Wednesday May 8, 2013. Dozens of bodies recovered Wednesday from the building were so decomposed they were being sent to a lab for DNA identification, police said, as the death toll from Bangladesh's worst industrial disaster topped 800. (AP Photo/Ismail Ferdous)

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Bangladeshi garment workers employed at Rana Plaza, the garment factory building that collapsed, stand in a queue to receive wages in Savar near Dhaka, Bangladesh on Wednesday. Dozens of bodies recovered Wednesday from the building were so decomposed they were being sent to a lab for DNA identification, police said, as the death toll from Bangladesh’s worst industrial disaster topped 800