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Argentine unions raise challenge to Milei with major strike, protest

Buenos Aires, Argentina Reuters Argentina’s largest union started a 12-hour strike on Wednesday with tens of thousands of workers demonstrating in the heart of Buenos Aires against tough economic austerity measures and reforms by new libertarian President Javier Milei. The action, hitting sectors from transport to banks, is the biggest show of opposition to Milei’s […]

Thousands of Danes protest cancelling of public holiday

Demonstrators take part in a protest against the government's proposal to abolish a public holiday to help finance the defence budget, in front of the Danish Parliament in Copenhagen, Denmark, February 5, 2023. The Ritzau Scanpix/Emil Helms via REUTERS.

Copenhagen, DenmarkReuters Thousands of people gathered in Copenhagen on Sunday to protest a bill put forward by the government to scrap a public holiday to help finance increased defence spending. The demonstration was organised by the country’s biggest labour unions which oppose abolishing the Great Prayer Day, a Christian holiday that falls on the fourth […]

Huge crowds march across France, raising pressure against Macron’s pension reform

France Paris pension reform protests

Paris, France Reuters Huge crowds marched across France on Tuesday to say “non” to President Emmanuel Macron’s plan to make people work longer before retirement, with pressure in the streets intensifying against a government that says it will stand its ground. Opinion polls show a substantial majority of the French oppose increasing the retirement age […]

Sudan’s military leader freezes unions to curb Islamists’ influence

Khartoum, Sudan Reuters Sudan’s military leader issued decrees on Monday to freeze the activities of trade unions, control their finances and take over their leadership, according to a statement by the ruling sovereign council he heads. The move would sideline former ruling Islamists after their resurgence in the civil service, in the aftermath of the […]

Act swiftly and fairly to ease shift from fossil fuels, say labour experts

Germany Jaenschwalde coal power plant

Barcelona, SpainThomson Reuters Foundation From retraining coal miners in solar tech to job programs focused on tree-planting, companies and governments must act fast to implement measures promoting a so-called just transition away from fossil fuels, labour rights experts said last week. Failure to quickly pull finance out of fossil fuel industries or explain to workers […]

Explainer: How Indian farmers’ protest turned into a country-wide movement

India Uttar Pradesh Muzaffarnagar

New Delhi, IndiaReuters A group of influential farmer leaders ratcheted up pressure on Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government to roll back three new farm laws by organising a mammoth rally in India’s most populous state Uttar Pradesh last week. After the successful mass meeting – the biggest rally yet in a months-long series of demonstrations […]

Pope Francis champions workers’ right to organise in unions

AP Pope Francis is championing the right of all workers to unionize, as economic activity is poised to increase when the pandemic threat eases.  The pontiff stressed the needs of the most vulnerable workers, including migrants, in a video message Thursday to participants at a conference organised by the International Labor Organization, a United Nations […]

Regulate AI or risk “dehumanisation” at work, British unions say

Thomson Reuters Foundation Britain must urgently regulate how companies use artificial intelligence at work, unions said on Thursday, warning of widespread discrimination if the technology is left unchecked. AI algorithms are increasingly used in the hiring, firing and daily decisions of work life but the law has not kept up, according to a report by […]