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.