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Low paid workers take strike action for better contracts

Workers in low paid jobs working for large corporations and many from the gig economy took part in a nationwide and coordinated strike in the U.K.. This included people who work at McDonald's and Uber.

Tesla's union-busting trial may challenge Silicon Valley

While unions are generally weak in the U.S., in the auto sector there are still strong unions. Tesla is an auto maker but also a key tech firm. The tech sector and Silicon Valley firms are almost free of unions except for a few contract workers.

Uber, Cabify drivers protest in Madrid against rule changes

Madrid - Hundreds of drivers for ride-hailing services Uber and Cabify marched down a central Madrid avenue on Thursday to protest plans by the Spanish government to tighten regulations in the sector.The demonstrators chanted "Let us work!

160 workers freed after Istanbul airport protest

Ankara - Turkey has freed 160 workers out of almost 600 who were arrested following a protest over work-related deaths and poor conditions at the construction site for Istanbul's third airport.

Police arrest protesters at at new Istanbul airport site

Istanbul - Turkish police on Saturday arrested at least 20 people as they broke up a protest against work-related deaths and poor conditions at the construction site of Istanbul's third airport, touted to be the world's largest airport when completed.

Ryanair defiant as German pilots and crew walk out

Berlin - Irish budget carrier Ryanair was defiant Wednesday as dozens of flights were disrupted in a walkout by German pilots and cabin crew, the latest flare-up in a bitter Europe-wide battle for better pay and conditions.

German strike plunges Ryanair into fresh turmoil

Frankfurt Am Main - Thousands of Ryanair passengers faced travel disruption Wednesday as German pilots and cabin crew walked off the job, in the latest flare-up of a bitter Europe-wide battle for better pay and conditions.

Spain sex workers claim same labour rights as others

Barcelona - Spain's first sex workers union on Friday asked for "the same labour rights" for its members as other workers, criticising the Socialist government for wanting to get rid of it.

Strike-hit Ryanair announces deal with Irish union

London - Ryanair on Thursday said it had "reached agreement" with an Irish union representing pilots, in a move that could end the cancellation of flights across Europe because of strikes.

Poland speeds changes to Supreme Court amid EU row

Warsaw - Poland adopted legislation Friday aimed at speeding up the process of replacing the country's disputed Supreme Court chief justice who has refused to step down under a retirement law the EU has called a threat to judicial independence.

Canadian tariffs set to kick in on Sunday as trade war heats up

Ottawa - On Sunday, Canada's $16.6-billion worth of retaliatory tariffs on dozens of U.S. products is set to kick in - the country's answer to the tariffs imposed by the Trump administration. But this simmering trade war will affect all of us.

Argentina union group plans strike against Macri, IMF

Buenos Aires - Argentina's top union federation warned Tuesday that it would strike against President Mauricio Macri and his adjustment deal with the International Monetary Fund.The strike will be launched on June 25, according to union leader Hector Daer.

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.

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.

Taking to the streets: France's big protests

Paris - As unions unleash protests and strikes on Thursday and rail workers threaten rolling action afterwards, here is a look back at the most significant episodes of labour action to hit strike-prone France.

Buenos Aires subway workers go on strike over asbestos claims

Buenos Aires - Subway workers in Buenos Aires plan go on strike late Tuesday over rail cars from Spain used in the Argentine capital's metro system that allegedly contain asbestos.

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.

Digital transformation should be about service improvement

The Australian government has been criticized for using digital transformation purely as a vehicle for cutting jobs rather than seeking to improve services for the public good.

Ryanair faces strike by Italian air transport unions

Rome - Three Italian air transport unions on Wednesday announced their intention for a nationwide strike for Ryanair staff on February 10, expressing disappointment after the first meeting with management of the Irish low-cost airline.

German union steps up fight for 'modern' 28-hour week

Frankfurt Am Main - Germany's largest union is bracing for a combative start to the new year as it presses demands for a 28-hour working week, warning employers to expect mass strikes in the battle for a better work-life balance.

Ryanair faces first-ever pilot strike in Germany

Frankfurt Am Main - German Ryanair pilots will strike for the first time Friday, union leaders said, dialling up the heat in a Europe-wide battle for recognition from the no-frills airline ahead of the busy holiday period.

Catalan separatists gear up for peaceful resistance

Barcelona - Caught between euphoria and anguish, their tone increasingly strident, supporters of Catalan independence are gearing up for forceful -- if peaceful -- resistance against Madrid's planned takeover of regional powers.

S.Africa's top union marches against Zuma 'corruption'

Johanesburg - Thousands of angry South African trade unionists took to the streets across the nation on Wednesday to call for President Jacob Zuma to resign over alleged top-level corruption.

US labor board slaps Tesla with complaint over worker rights

San Francisco - The US agency charged with enforcing labor laws filed a complaint on Thursday against Tesla, saying it found merit in worker accusations of labor rights infringement.

Poland refuses to budge on EU cheap labour rule: PM

Varsovia - Poland will stick to its position on the European Union's posted workers directive, Prime Minister Beata Szydlo said Thursday.

Nissan workers reject union bid at Mississippi plant

Canton - Nissan has defeated a bid by the United Auto Workers to unionize employees at a factory in the US Deep South, ending a bitter contest that critics said laid bare a racial divide in the company.

31 workers convicted over killing at Indian car plant

New Delhi - An Indian court convicted 31 workers Friday over an outburst of deadly violence at a car plant in 2012, including 13 for murder, during one of the country's worst episodes of labour unrest.

Dolores Huerta: little-known militant icon with a big part in history

Bakersfield - "Who has the power? People have the power!"Small, slender Dolores Huerta, with her soft but firm voice, was whipping up a crowd at a Los Angeles rally against an oil pipeline in North Dakota. Dozens of people boisterously echoed her words.

S.Africa union federation backs Ramaphosa for power

Johanesburg - South African deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa on Thursday won the support of Cosatu, the biggest union federation, to be the ANC party's next leader, boosting his chances of taking national power.

Like the petrol, Parisians' patience for strikes runs dry

Paris - French estate agent Benjamin Pastor finally found a filling station that had not run out of petrol on Thursday after four others turned him away.
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