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France's Macron faces mass protests as opponents join forces

Paris - President Emmanuel Macron faced mass protests Thursday as trade unionists seek to galvanise angry students, public sector workers and striking train drivers into a joint movement against his multi-pronged drive to overhaul the French economy.

German public sector unions, employers agree pay hike

Frankfurt Am Main - German unions on Wednesday said they had clinched a deal with employers giving public sector workers a "significant" salary boost, following a wave of strikes that hit airports, train stations, hospitals and daycares.The 2.

Trolleys bring relief for Moroccan 'mule women'

Ceuta - It's a form of hard labour that has provoked an outcry -- Moroccan women bent double, overburdened by goods approaching or exceeding their own bodyweight.

Lufthansa cancels 800 flights Tuesday in German airport strikes

Frankfurt Am Main - German airline giant Lufthansa said it will cancel "more than 800" flights Tuesday as public-sector workers walk out on strike for more pay, hobbling major airports like Frankfurt.

Lufthansa cancels 800 flights Tuesday in German airport strikes

Frankfurt Am Main - German airline giant Lufthansa said it will cancel "more than 800" flights Tuesday as public-sector workers walk out on strike for more pay, hobbling major airports like Frankfurt.

French student protests add to Macron's rail strike woes

Paris - Growing protests at French universities on Wednesday added to pressure on President Emmanuel Macron over his sweeping reforms, as rail workers pressed on with rolling strikes that are causing havoc for millions of travellers.

French unions kick off huge rail strike in test for Macron

Paris - Commuters across France faced severe disruption Tuesday as rail workers launched three months of rolling strikes, a major test of President Emmanuel Macron's resolve to reshape the country through sweeping reforms.

France braces for mass rail strikes

Paris - France braced Monday for the start of three months of rolling rail strikes, the first in a series of walkouts affecting sectors from energy to garbage collection as President Emmanuel Macron's reform agenda comes up against resistance.

French railways warn of major disruption ahead of anti-Macron strike

Paris - French state railway operator SNCF warned Sunday of major disruption caused by strikes this week that analysts say will be a major test of how much weight the country's once fearsome trade unions still carry.

Macron reform drive is make-or-break for French unions

Paris - Facing a push for deep reforms by President Emmanuel Macron targeting the public sector and businesses, French unions kick off a wave of strikes Tuesday that analysts say will test how much weight they still carry.

Air France staff strike, a quarter of flights cancelled

Paris - Air France staff went on strike Friday for the third time in a month, forcing the airline to cancel a quarter of flights as multiple industrial disputes weigh on President Emmanuel Macron's workload.

Cathay Pacific ends skirts-only rule for female staff

Fpo - Hong Kong flag carrier Cathay Pacific will end its 70-year-old skirts-only rule for female uniformed staff after the flight attendants' union Thursday won the right to wear trousers.

UK Labour Party plunged into crisis over anti-Semitism

London - A high-profile resignation in Britain's main opposition Labour over its handling of multiple anti-Semitism allegations pitched the party into crisis on Thursday on an issue that has stalked its hard-left leader Jeremy Corbyn ever since he took charge.

Italy's outgoing government hails new income scheme a success

Rome - Italy's outgoing government said Wednesday that a new minimum income scheme launched at the start of the year is working, but needs to be beefed up further with additional resources.

What to expect as strike action roils France this week

Paris - A wave of industrial action is set to hit France starting Thursday including rail strikes expected to create headaches for commuters as labour unions lash out at President Emmanuel Macron's string of reforms.

France braces for travel misery during Thursday strike

Paris - French rail operator SNCF and aviation authorities warned of major disruptions Thursday as public sector employees and their supporters carry out a one-day strike against low pay and President Emmanuel Macron's reform drive.

French railway workers: end of the line for historic rights?

Ver-sur-mer - After more than three decades of driving trains across western France, Serge Letourneur was ready for a change, so he retired at age 50 and took up a new hobby brewing cider.

Q&A: Will France be paralysed by strikes this week?

Paris - A wave of industrial action is set to hit France this week including rail strikes expected to create havoc for commuters as trade unions lash out at President Emmanuel Macron's reforms. AFP explains what's at stake: - Who's going on strike?

Spanish rally for better pensions

Madrid - Tens of thousands of Spaniards rallied across the country Saturday to demand better pensions as unions accused the government of seeking to privatise retirement benefits.

UK Labour leader suggests 'mafia-like groups' behind spy attack

London - Britain's opposition Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn on Friday suggested "mafia-like groups" in Russia could have been responsible for the nerve attack on a former double agent.

UN Geneva staff agree to full-day strike over pay cuts

Geneva - UN staff in Geneva have overwhelmingly voted to strike on Friday over "unfair" pay cuts, in a move sure to disrupt a wide range of activities at the world body's European headquarters.Staff unions said a full 1,040 staff members, or 89.

Germany's huge gender pay gap unchanged in 2017

Frankfurt Am Main - Germany failed to make progress in closing its yawning gender pay gap last year with women still earning 21 percent less than male colleagues, official data showed Thursday, giving the country one of the worst records in Europe.

UN body warns gender parity progress could grind to a halt

Geneva - The UN labour agency warned Wednesday that gradual progress toward parity between the sexes in the workplace was expected to soon grind to a halt and could even reverse.

Athens taxi drivers strike in Uber protest

Atenas - Greek commuters saw journeys disrupted Monday as taxi drivers downed tools to protest at competition from ride-sharing firm Uber on a day rail workers also held a 24-hour strike.

Murder shocks Filipinas in Kuwait, but some vow to stay

Kuwait City - The murder of a Filipina maid whose body was found in a freezer in Kuwait has triggered outrage and prompted Manila to impose a departure ban for its citizens planning to work in the Gulf state.

US Supreme Court hears case critical to future of unions

Washington - An Illinois public sector worker could soon be responsible for one of the biggest setbacks in decades to the already declining US labor union movement.

UN staff strike, briefly disrupt high level Geneva meets

Geneva - United Nations staff in Geneva carried out a two-hour work stoppage Monday over "unfair" pay cuts, briefly disrupting high-level events with the secretary-general and government ministers in attendance.

UN Geneva staff plan work stoppage over pay cuts

Geneva - Angered by "unfair" pay cuts, UN staff in Geneva are planning a half-day strike next week, as dozens of ministers and other dignitaries attend high-level events at the organisation's European headquarters.

Indonesian maid's death highlights failure to protect helpers

Kuala Lumpur - Trafficked to Malaysia, forced to sleep outside with a dog before dying from serious injuries -– the latest abuse case involving an Indonesian maid highlights a failure to protect domestic helpers despite repeated government pledges, critics say.

Both suspects in Kuwait murder of Filipina held: Lebanon

Beirut - The employers of a Filipina maid found dead in a freezer in Kuwait were both arrested in the Syrian capital Damascus, a Lebanese judicial official said on Saturday.
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