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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.

Directors Guild of America nominations offer an eye on Oscar?

A strong move on the way to Oscar glory comes through the Directors Guild of America (DGA). They announced their top five directors and Clint Eastwood is in, while Christopher Nolan is out.

U.S. tyre tycoon mocks 'Communist' France in rejecting investment

Amiens - A U.S. tyre tycoon on Friday ridiculed French laws and trade unions that he said had prevented him from investing in a stricken factory, saying France should become "Communist.

Government employees march in D.C. for higher pay, a union

Washington - Hundreds of federally-contracted government workers staged a day-long protest strike Thursday in an effort to persuade President Barack Obama to issue executive orders that would increase pay and benefits for workers on government contract.

Video: Supreme Court finds Wal-Mart at fault for closing store

Shortly after being unable to come to an agreement with local unions Walmart closed a Quebec area store. Now they will have to pay damages to almost 200 workers after a Canadian Supreme Court ruling.

Brazil unions backing Cup

Rio De Janeiro - Brazil's two biggest unions on Tuesday lent their backing to the World Cup and the 2016 Rio Games on the grounds they would "generate tax receipts and jobs" for the hosts."Large events open the possibility of numerous public and private investments, wh...

Conductors' union accepts Canadian National Railway's offer

The Teamsters union representing conductors, yard workers, and traffic coordinators agreed to meet with Canadian National Railway Co one last time in hopes of reaching a new a settlement.

CN Rail, union to meet Wednesday in last push for contract

Canadian National Railway Co and the Teamsters union will meet in Montreal on Wednesday to make a final attempt at reaching a labor deal for some 3,000 conductors, yard workers, and traffic coordinators,...

Cyprus to vote on new sell-off bill as deadline looms

Nicosia - Cyprus is to hold a new vote on a privatisation bill hours before a deadline for the release of the next tranche of a 10-billion-euro bailout, after parliament rejected an initial draft.MPs failed to adopt a first version of the controversial bill in a...

Michigan representative seeks to make picketing illegal

Lansing - The proposed law grants businesses the ability to gain an injunction against anyone picketing their premises and imposes massive fines on protesters.

Chaos at Frankfurt airport as security staff strike

Frankfurt - Passengers were advised Friday not to bother turning up for flights at Frankfurt airport because of a one-day strike by security staff."We have asked passengers not to travel to the airport for now.
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Toronto & York Region Labour President John Cartwright speaking to the large crowd.
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Ken Lewenza, CAW National President, speaking at a press conference in Toronto
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Library workers and union members walk the picket lines outside of Toronto city hall.
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Huge crowd walks the picket line outside of Toronto City Hall in support of libraries and its workers.
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