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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.

French unions call for stepped-up action over labour law

Paris - French unions on Friday called on workers to "continue and step up their action" as a wave of strikes against a disputed labour law disrupted transport and fuel supplies.

Argentine president suffers first setback in congress

Buenos Aires - Argentine lawmakers handed conservative President Mauricio Macri his first legislative setback Thursday by passing a law aiming to curb job cuts that he says are needed to strengthen the economy.

PepsiCo accused of human rights violations

Global food giant PepsiCo has been accused of continuing human rights violations and anti-trade union practices in relation to factories in the Indian state of West Bengal.

Italy battle over gay civil unions heads for the streets

Rome - Italy's battle over legalising same-sex civil unions is about to get heated, with supporters and opponents ready to take to the streets as lawmakers address the deeply divisive issue.

Margot Wallstrom, Swedish FM embroiled in housing scandal

Stockholm - Swedish Foreign Minister Margot Wallstrom, a rising star of the left-wing who's made a name as an uncompromising women's and human rights defender, could see her lustre fade after becoming embroiled in a housing scandal.

Thousands demonstrate, strike in Greece against pension reform

Atenas - Some 15,000 people demonstrated in Athens on Thursday as unions held a general strike against a planned social security overhaul -- the second walkout in less than a month.

French Channel Tunnel train drivers 'haunted' by migrant deaths

Lille - French train drivers who work for Eurotunnel said Thursday they were so overcome with fear and anxiety over the deaths of migrants trying to cross to Britain that they could no longer do their job.

Labour Day barbecue: Unions, politicians serving less fortunate Special

Edmonton - An annual barbecue on Labour Day saw unions and politicians in Edmonton feed the less fortunate while connecting with the community.

Op-Ed: L.A. union that advocated for wage increases now opposes it

Los Angeles - Sorry Rusty Hicks of Federation of Labor, but unions are not about the individual bargaining, but rather the collective. That's why it's called a union.

Outsourcing bill foments protest in Brazil

Bras - Brazilian police and demonstrators clashed Tuesday in the capital Brasilia during a march opposing a congressional bill to increase outsourcing in the workplace.

Travel chaos in Argentina as transit unions strike

Buenos Aires - Argentina's largest cities ground to a halt Tuesday as transport unions went on strike, demanding tax cuts for low-income workers and putting the government on the defensive seven months out from general elections.
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