Get the latest news on strikes around the world. Strikes became common during the Industrial Revolution, when mass labor became important in factories and mines. A strike is a work stoppage caused by the mass refusal of employees to work – usually, to pressure governments to change their policies. This type of protest is largely associated with labor unions; in France, for example, the largest labor union (CGT) called on workers from various fields to come out for mass demonstrations. Railroad workers, firefighters, musicians, and others went on strike and took to the streets of French cities to protest the government’s pension reform. Typically, governments try to disperse protesters with police action, tear gas, and rubber bullets – follow RT to be updated on this matter. Read all the latest news on RT.com on strikes around the world.
Hundreds of McDonald’s workers in the US are protesting unsatisfactory working conditions during the coronavirus pandemic, with some quitting and others decrying the risk they say they’re being exposed to from Covid-19.
Whole Foods employees have called in sick from work en masse to demand better pay, benefits and a safer working environment amid the coronavirus outbreak. They join the Amazon and Instacart workers already on strike.
Workers at metal and chemical factories in Italy’s north may go on strike this week, in protest against the government’s failure to include them on a shutdown list. Industrialists say they shouldn’t be, that the list is too long.
Ever since the yellow vest protests kicked off in 2018, the French government has been besieged by weekly, increasingly creative protests as the populace expresses its fury with flair.
The government of Hong Kong has further restricted travel from mainland China amid public fears about the coronavirus epidemic. City leader Carrie Lam denies caving in to pressure from medics, who started a strike on Monday.
As France marked its 45th consecutive day of strikes on Saturday, hundreds of artists from the Paris Opera performed a stunning outdoor concert in front of the Palais Garnier to voice their opposition to pension reform measures.
Striking forensic officers in Paris have thrown overalls daubed in fake blood in front of the interior ministry. The grizzly protest comes amid mass opposition to French President Emmanuel Macron’s controversial pension reforms.
As widespread protests against pension reform in France continue, rail workers who have been on strike for the past 41 days came up with an ingenious way to both lift their spirits and make use of the out-of-order tram tracks.
Lawyers across France are discarding their robes in a dramatic show of solidarity, signaling they will not give up on what has become a two-month strike against unpopular pension reforms - even if it disrupts high-profile trials.