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French food delivery cyclists to strike over pay

Paris - French food-bike delivery staff working for companies like Uber Eats and Deliveroo are set to strike next week demanding better pay and benefits including bonuses when it rains, they said Thursday.

British strawberries in a jam over picker shortage

Faversham - After weeks of uninterrupted sunshine the strawberry season is in full swing in the so-called Garden of England.

Macron hails 'new chapter' for French rail after signing reform

Paris - French President Emmanuel Macron hailed a "new chapter" in the country's rail history on Wednesday after signing into law a reform that triggered the longest transport strike in decades.

Moroccan fruit pickers say they were exploited, harassed in Spain

Madrid - Ten women who left their children at home in Morocco to earn money picking strawberries in southern Spain have said that they were lied to, exploited and even sexually harassed.

#MeToo makes waves in Australia with workplace sex harassment probe

Sydney - Australia launched a national inquiry into workplace sexual harassment Wednesday, in a sign governments are beginning to respond to a global issue highlighted by the massive #MeToo movement.

Family ties make Faroese women Europe's top baby makers

Hv - Gunnhild Helmsdal's mailbox has six names printed on it and will soon add a seventh: having a big family is nothing unusual in the Faroe Islands where women have the most babies in Europe despite also having the highest rate of employment.

France air traffic responsible for third of Europe delays: report

Paris - Hindered by strikes and outdated equipment, French air traffic control is responsible for a third of aviation delays in Europe, Le Parisien said Monday, citing a senate finance committee report.

Macron on verge of French rail reform victory

Paris - In launching his plan to overhaul France's heavily indebted state rail operator SNCF earlier this year, President Emmanuel Macron knew he was taking aim at a bastion of labour unions which have long defied a range of government reform efforts.

Spain's new government brings mix of hope and disillusion

Madrid - Will he keep his promises? Low-earning Spanish voters hope their new Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez will address Spain's "social emergency" but disillusion is high in a country stricken by unemployment.

Macron's frenetic reform drive exhausts French MPs

Paris - France may be famed for its 35-hour working week, but in parliament the marathon debates and 1am votes prompted by President Emmanuel Macron's reform drive have MPs on the brink of burnout.

Philippines' Duterte apologises to Kuwait for 'harsh' words

Seoul - Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte apologised to Kuwait on Sunday for his "harsh" words at the height of a months-long diplomatic row over the treatment of domestic workers.

Peace needs at least 15 years: Colombian president

Geneva - Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos hailed Friday the peace accord reached in his country, but warned it would take at least 15 years to build a truly peaceful society.

Japan moves closer to controversial labour reforms

Apo - Japan's lower house on Thursday approved controversial labour reforms that the government has defended as necessary to boost the economy but critics warn could result in more death by overwork.

Qatar council backs permanent residency law for foreigners

Doha - Qatar has moved closer to granting permanent residency to foreigners after its senior legislative body approved a draft law, first announced in the wake of the ongoing Gulf crisis.

French govt seeks end to rail strike with 35 bn-euro debt pledge

Paris - The French government has agreed to absorb 35 billion euros in debt from the state railway SNCF, union officials said Friday, raising the chances of an end to nearly two months of strikes.

French police arrest two garbagemen planning a smelly Macron protest

Paris - Two refuse collectors were arrested Friday morning in central Paris after stealing a garbage truck with plans to empty the load at the headquarters of President Emmanuel Macron's Republic on the Move (LREM) party.

French govt offers to absorb railway debt of 35 bn euros: union head

Paris - The French government has agreed to absorb 35 billion euros in debt from the state railway SNCF, a top union official said Friday, as it seeks an end to nearly two months of strikes.

Brazil close to paralysis as truckers press on with strike

Bras - The Brazilian government and transport unions struck a deal late Thursday to halt for 15 days a nationwide truckers' strike that has caused severe shortages of fuel and food in some areas.

Ex-London mayor Livingstone quits Labour Party in anti-Semitism row

London - Former London mayor Ken Livingstone quit the opposition Labour Party on Monday, saying his 2016 suspension for alleged anti-Semitic comments had become a "distraction" to a party recently dogged by the issue.

Philippines lifts ban for Kuwait-bound workers

Manila - The Philippines on Wednesday lifted its ban on migrant workers heading to jobs in Kuwait, capping a diplomatic row sparked when a murdered Filipina maid was found in her employer's freezer.

Striking French rail staff up pressure on government

Paris - French rail workers sought to up the ante in weeks of strikes Monday, slashing the number of trains running as the government insists it will not back down in the standoff.

Qatar workers face old problems despite reform promises

Doha - Just a 10-minute drive from the International Labour Organization's new office in the Qatari capital, Nabin explains how his employer has not paid his wages in two months.

Can a UN treaty help the #Metoo movement?

Geneva - Two years before the allegations against Harvey Weinstein spurred a global reckoning about sexual misconduct, the United Nations' oldest agency was exploring new ways to protect workers from harassment and assault.

ILO eyes decision on tobacco ties by year-end

Geneva - The International Labour Organization chief said Tuesday he hoped the UN body would resolve the controversial issue of whether to cut ties with the tobacco industry by the end of the year.

Air France's future in the balance, warns economy minister

Paris - France's economy minister on Sunday warned that the survival of strike-hit Air France was in the balance following the departure of the company's chief executive over a pay dispute.

1 million euros raised for striking French rail workers

Paris - A fund set up to compensate striking French rail workers for their wage losses passed the 1-million-euro ($1.2-million) mark on Friday, a month after they began disrupting train services over the government's planned overhaul of the railways.

Amazon announcement brings concern over fair pay to Vancouver

Amazon is expanding its presence in Vancouver, by about 416,000 square-feet, but there are concerns over its heightened presence in Canada.

French government under fire after May Day chaos

Paris - France's interior minister promised Wednesday to boost security at protests after hooded youths ran amok at a May Day rally in Paris, torching cars and a McDonald's restaurant.

109 in custody after Paris May Day violence: police

Paris - French police said 109 people were in custody on Wednesday after violent May Day protests in Paris, correcting an earlier figure of 209 given by Interior Minister Gerard Collomb.

McDonald's torched, hundreds arrested in May Day protests in Paris

Paris - Nearly 300 protesters were arrested Tuesday after May Day riots in central Paris, where hooded youths torched a McDonald's restaurant and several vehicles during a march against President Emmanuel Macron's public sector reforms.
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