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Timmermans calls on all EU members to adopt minimum wage

Warsaw - European Commission Vice-President Frans Timmermans on Monday called for each EU member to have a minimum wage equivalent to 60 percent of its median salary to reduce the bloc's growing wealth gap.

Mayday, festival of workers' rights, protest — and flowers

Paris - Celebrating May Day was once to participate in the ancient ritual of revelling in the return of spring.In more modern times the date has become an international holiday to honour the labour movement and, hopefully, enjoy a little early sunshine.

Istanbul police detains dozens as Turkey marks May 1

Istanbul - Istanbul police detained dozens of people who were trying to hold a May day rally at city centre square on Wednesday in defiance of a protest ban.

Clashes in Paris as tens of thousands mark May Day

Paris - Paris riot police fired teargas as they squared off against hardline demonstrators among tens of thousands of May Day protesters, who flooded parts of the city Wednesday in a test for France's zero-tolerance policy on street violence.

Working stiffs: China's tech minions burn out in '996' rat race

Shanghai - Shanghai software engineer Wu Linfeng watched the silent comedy "Modern Times" recently and soon found himself crying -- watching Charlie Chaplin’s classic stressed-out assembly-line worker was like watching himself.

Paris police brace for May 1 rallies

Paris - France's zero-tolerance approach to protest violence will be tested Wednesday when a heady mix of labour unionists, "yellow vest" demonstrators and hardline hooligans are expected to hit the streets on Labour Day.

Massive police deployment planned for Paris May Day marches

Paris - French Interior Minister Christophe Castaner on Tuesday said more than 7,400 police and security forces would be deployed in Paris for Wednesday's May Day marches in case of violence by protesters.

Qatar to abolish exit visa system by year's end: UN

Doha - Qatar is set to abolish its controversial exit visa system for all foreign workers by the end of the year, the UN's International Labour Organization said Friday.

Amazon worker tracking system can automatically fire people

Amazon employs a system that not only tracks warehouse workers productivity, but can automatically fire them for failing to meet expectations.

Anger as Malaysian cleared of murdering Indonesian maid

Kuala Lumpur - A Malaysian woman has reportedly been cleared of murdering her Indonesian maid, who was allegedly tortured and forced to sleep outside with a dog, with activists Monday criticising the "shocking" decision.

Chinese workers demand release of labour rights activists

Bejing - Some 100 Chinese workers suffering from a work-related disease have signed a petition demanding the release of three prominent activists in southern China amid a crackdown on labour activism.

Nigerian president increases minimum wage by two-thirds

Abuja - Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday signed into law an increase by two-thirds to the minimum wage in Africa's most populous country.It raises the minimum wage from 18,000 naira ($50, 44 euros) a month to 30,000 naira ($83).

Walmart assembling army of thousands of robots to work in stores

Walmart is doubling down on adding robots to its stores. These machines include autonomous floor cleaners, shelf-scanners, conveyor belts, and "pickup towers."

'Yellow vests' march again as government tries to regroup

Paris - Thousands of "yellow vest" protesters marched Saturday for the 21st consecutive week to denounce French government policies, as the authorities prepare to unveil the results of a nationwide consultative exercise designed to address public grievances.

Estonia's Ratas steps down as PM but could be back soon

Tallinn - Estonia's centre-left prime minister Juri Ratas resigned on Thursday after his Centre party took second spot in last month's general election, but he still stands the best chance of leading the Baltic eurozone state's next government.

Estonia's Ratas steps down as PM but could be back soon

Tallinn - Estonia's centre-left prime minister Juri Ratas resigned on Thursday after his Centre party took second spot in last month's general election, but he still stands the best chance of leading the Baltic eurozone state's next government.

Murder of child maid forces Pakistan to soul search

Lahore - The battered body of 16-year-old servant Uzma Bibi was found dumped in a canal and her wealthy employer charged with murder, the latest case highlighting the dangers domestic workers -- especially children -- face in Pakistan.

Desperate and hiding, collapsed Saudi Oger workers left in limbo

Apo - Nearly two years after the collapse of the construction giant Saudi Oger rendered thousands jobless, Lebanese worker Mohammed remains stranded in limbo in Riyadh -- and desperate to avoid arrest.

Gender parity at work only possible if men do more at home: UN

Geneva - Progress towards gender parity at work has barely budged for the past quarter century, and will only speed up once men take on far more unpaid caregiving tasks, the UN said Thursday, on the eve of International Women's Day.

Target raises minimum wage as latest barrage in talent war

Target will raise its starting wage to $15 an hour in the near future. During Target's 2018 earnings call, CEO Brian Cornell announced that the starting wage would get a boost by 2020.

UK's Labour Party torn apart by anti-Semitism row

London - Britain's main opposition Labour party is in turmoil over mounting allegations of anti-Semitism on leftist leader Jeremy Corbyn's watch -- and the party's way of dealing with the issue.

From camps to factories: Muslim detainees say China using forced labour

Almaty - As Gulzira Auelkhan toiled stitching gloves in a factory in China's troubled Xinjiang region, her managers made no secret of where her production would be sold.

Brexit defections force Labour leader Corbyn's hand

London - Labour leader and lifelong eurosceptic Jeremy Corbyn may be hoping his cautious support for a second Brexit referendum is never put to the test, experts said.

Google to ditch mandatory-arbitration policy after mass protest

Forced arbitration is a corporate practice whereby employees waive their right to take some employer disputes to court and instead must settle the matters privately.

Seven MPs quit Labour Party as Brexit tensions mount

London - Seven MPs quit Britain's main opposition Labour Party on Monday, citing the leadership's support for Brexit and a growing culture of racism, intimidation and abuse.

Seven MPs leave Britain's Labour Party over Brexit, anti-Semitism

London - Seven MPs from Britain's opposition Labour Party announced on Monday they were breaking away in protest at the party leadership's support for Brexit and its failure to stamp out anti-Semitism.

Global unemployment down, but too many working poor: UN

Geneva - The global unemployment rate inched down last year, the UN said Wednesday, warning though that jobs often failed to guarantee decent living, with some 700 million workers wallowing in poverty. Unemployment around the world fell last year to 5.

Demonstrator loses hand at Paris 'yellow vest' march

Paris - A "yellow vest" demonstrator lost his hand Saturday during clashes outside the main parliament building in Paris, witnesses told AFP, during a 13th weekend of anti-government protests across France.

Thousands of South Koreans mourn tragic death of coal worker

Seoul - Some 2,500 South Koreans marched through Seoul Saturday to honour a worker who was crushed to death at a coal plant fuelling an outcry which led to a landmark amendment of the nation's industrial safety laws.

UK Labour's Brexit offer rebuffed by govt, welcomed by EU

London - British Prime Minister Theresa May's government on Thursday repeated its opposition to negotiating a future UK-EU customs union, after the opposition Labour Party named that as its price for backing her Brexit plan.
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Ed Miliband gives his first keynote speech to Labour Party conference as leader, in September 2010.
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From left: MLAs Marie Renaud  Shaye Anderson  and Nicole Goehring. EDLC Labour Day Barbecue for the ...
From left: MLAs Marie Renaud, Shaye Anderson, and Nicole Goehring. EDLC Labour Day Barbecue for the Unemployed and Underemployed.
Rally to Stop Using the TFWP to Build Edmonton s Downtown Arena.
Rally to Stop Using the TFWP to Build Edmonton's Downtown Arena.
Rally to Stop Using the TFWP to Build Edmonton s Downtown Arena.
Rally to Stop Using the TFWP to Build Edmonton's Downtown Arena.
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EDLC Labour Day Barbecue
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19th Congress of the German Confederation of Trade unions
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Protesters in Madrid, Spain on 29 March 2012
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May Day 2014 in Edmonton.
May Day 2014 in Edmonton.
Rally to Stop Using the TFWP to Build Edmonton s Downtown Arena.
Rally to Stop Using the TFWP to Build Edmonton's Downtown Arena.
Rally to Stop Using the TFWP to Build Edmonton s Downtown Arena.
Rally to Stop Using the TFWP to Build Edmonton's Downtown Arena.
Live entertainment at the EDLC Labour Day Barbecue for the Unemployed and Underemployed.
Live entertainment at the EDLC Labour Day Barbecue for the Unemployed and Underemployed.
Protesters in Madrid  Spain - 29 March 2012
Protesters in Madrid, Spain - 29 March 2012
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Steam Whistle brewery produces an average of 120 000 bottles of their Pilsner beer every day
Steam Whistle brewery produces an average of 120,000 bottles of their Pilsner beer every day
May Day 2014 in Edmonton.
May Day 2014 in Edmonton.
May Day 2014 in Edmonton.
May Day 2014 in Edmonton.
May Day 2014 in Edmonton.
May Day 2014 in Edmonton.
Free books at the EDLC Labour Day Barbecue for the Unemployed and Underemployed.
Free books at the EDLC Labour Day Barbecue for the Unemployed and Underemployed.
Rally to Stop Using the TFWP to Build Edmonton s Downtown Arena.
Rally to Stop Using the TFWP to Build Edmonton's Downtown Arena.

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