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Greece Set for Day-Long Anti-Austerity Strike Thursday

Posted December 1st, 2011 at 3:35 am (UTC-5)
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A 24-hour anti-austerity strike in Greece Thursday is expected to disrupt public transportation, close schools,and reduce staffing at hospitals. The strike, which will include protest rallies by unions in the capital, Athens, represents the first challenge for the three-week-old coalition government of new Prime Minister Lucas Papademos. Late Wednesday, Mr. Papademos’ staff released a letter […]

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Government Workers Strike in Britain

Posted November 30th, 2011 at 6:30 pm (UTC-5)
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Hundreds of thousands of medical workers, teachers, border guards and other public sector employees went on strike Wednesday in Britain to protest government plans to reduce their pension benefits. Most public schools and other services were closed Wednesday and many hospitals were only providing essential services. But the intended gridlock at London’s Heathrow Airport, Europe’s […]

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Nationwide Strike Protesting Pension Cuts Paralyzes Britain

Posted November 30th, 2011 at 6:15 am (UTC-5)
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More than two million workers in Britain are participating in a nationwide strike Wednesday to protest government plans to reduce public sector pensions, in what is expected to be the largest walkout in a generation. Authorities are warning of long delays at London’s Heathrow Airport, where embassy staff have been flown in to replace striking […]

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Britain’s Public Sector Strike Expected to Disrupt Traffic, Services

Posted November 29th, 2011 at 9:45 pm (UTC-5)
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A national strike Wednesday in Britain is expected to disrupt schools, hospitals, airports, shipping ports and government offices nationwide. Workers are expected to protest government plans to reduce a $185 billion budget deficit by reducing pension benefits, increase pension payments and forcing longer work hours. The Trades Union Congress, an umbrella organization of British labor […]

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Strike in Britain May Halt Air Travel, Other Services

Posted November 25th, 2011 at 9:05 pm (UTC-5)
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A national strike in Britain set for Wednesday threatens to paralyze operations at Europe’s busiest airport and cut many public services throughout the country. British Airport Authorities warned airlines Friday that they need to reduce service by at least 50 percent on November 30 because customs and immigration operations are expected to be greatly affected. […]

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Air France Flight Crews on Strike

Posted October 31st, 2011 at 2:35 am (UTC-5)
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Air France flight crews are on strike until Wednesday protesting the proposed reduction of crew members per flight. Air France management cancelled many flights Sunday, and expects to cancel about 15 percent of scheduled flights Monday. Air France has been relying on other airlines to lessen the strike’s impact. The strike coincides with a busy […]

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Mandela Museum Workers on Strike

Posted October 26th, 2011 at 11:15 am (UTC-5)
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Workers on South Africa’s Robben Island, where Nelson Mandela was jailed for decades, have gone on strike demanding a 50 percent wage increase. The workers also want the island, a top tourist attraction, to close for a week during the Christmas season so they can spend more time with their families. Robben Island Museum chief […]

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Strike-Hit Indian Automaker Resumes Some Production

Posted October 17th, 2011 at 9:05 am (UTC-5)
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India’s largest automaker has resumed limited production at its plant in the north, which had been shut by labor disputes. Maruti Suzuki on Monday said it hopes to begin talks with workers to end strikes that have cost more than $330 million in lost production at its Manesar plant in the state of Haryana. Maruti’s […]

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Afghan Police Break Up Former MP’s Hunger Strike

Posted October 14th, 2011 at 9:05 am (UTC-5)
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Afghan police have taken a female politician to the hospital after removing her from outside parliament, where she had been holding a hunger strike. Simeen Barakzai had not eaten in 12 days and was determined to continue to fast until she was reinstated as a member of parliament. She repeatedly had refused to be taken […]

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Greek Public Transit Strike Underway Thursday

Posted October 13th, 2011 at 5:20 am (UTC-5)
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Greek public transportation workers began another strike in Athens Thursday to protest government austerity measures. Train, buses and trolleys are expected to remain idle in the capital for through Friday. In a separate demonstration, Greek power company workers are occupying a government building to stop bills containing a new property tax from being sent out. […]

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