A selection of Peter's stories is shown below, documenting symptomatic trends of the global economy and its political, social and human consequences.
Often he accompanies his features with photos of which you can find a small selection here. Find more in the Photo section.
Forced labor in China receives remarkably little attention despite decades as the world’s factory floor.
Invisible coercion through withheld wages, lack of employment contracts, and discrimination of migrant workers is widespread in China's construction sector.
‘We drove more than 2000 km from Beijing to Shenzhen and handed out over 10,000 questionnaires along the way,’ said (...)
Danish: Manglende eller tilbageholdte lønninger er et stort problem i Kinas byggebranche og fører til et hav af konflikter. Branchen er præget af arbejdere fra landet uden lokale netværk, som er sårbare over for skrupelløse arbejdsgivere.
The Guardian (2018): Workers held captive in indian mills supplying hugo boss
Guardian inquiry into concerns raised by Hugo Boss reveals Tamil Nadu firm, which also supplies major UK brands, stops women leaving factory
Danish: 250 millioner kinesere er de seneste årtier migreret fra land til by på jagt efter arbejde. Mange bor i særlige bydele, chengzhongcun, med langt dårligere adgang til boligstøtte, undervisning og lægehjælp. Regeringen lover reformer, men Beijings bystyre sender bulldozere.
Watchdog claims Chinese factory supplying Sony, HP, Acer and others makes funding and graduation of student interns contingent on working 12-hour shifts.
Supply chains of high street retailers under scrutiny after investigators uncover evidence of human rights violations and child labour in Indian stone quarries.
(Also published in The Observer newspaper)
German: Konzerne wie BMW oder VW verwenden Glimmer, um ihre Autos zum Glänzen zu bringen. Das Mineral stammt jedoch oft aus dubiosen Quellen.
PPG & Axalta join scheme after Guardian report linked paint used by Vauxhall, BMW & VW with mines in India reliant on child labour & debt bondage.
Move comes a year after Guardian investigations revealed an estimated 20,000 children engaged in mining the glittery mineral used in car paint and makeup.
‘Music is our voice to Chinese society. The voices of migrant workers are rarely heard’, says Cheng, a rock bandleader and activist. We met in the backroom of a small shop in a suburb of Shenzhen, China’s manufacturing metropolis.
(Also published in CounterPunch)
Nearly a decade after child labour in mica mining came to light, the cosmetic industry's progress on cleaning up its supply chain for the glittery mineral has been slow and tricky.
The Guardian (2016): Vauxhall and BMW among car firms linked to child labour over glittery mica paint
Paint used by car makers including Vauxhall, BMW, Volkswagen and Audi linked to illegal mines in India reliant on child labour and debt bondage.
Danish: Trods årtiers økonomisk vækst og en betydelig reduktion af fattigdommen er millioner af indere stadig trælbundne i gældsslaveri. Fænomenet er tæt forbundet med den omfattende diskrimination af grupper, der befinder sig i bunden af landets kastesystem, og som ofte selv opfatter uretfærdigheden som et uomgængeligt vilkår.
When Ying, 18, arrived in Shenzhen from Guangxi’s countryside to enter the 168-million migrant workforce that makes up China’s factory floor, she was the image of a migrant worker — of rural origin, young, hardworking, poorly-educated, low-paid, with no energy for out-of-work activities or socialising — and single. But then she fell in love.
(Also published in CounterPunch)