Activism on the rise in 'world's workshop'

May 28, 2015

Activism on the rise in 'world's workshop'

As workers gathered around a table in a cheap restaurant to discuss strike action against their shoe factory bosses, Chinese police barged in and dragged away their leaders. More than 2,000 employees at the plant — which counts foreign brands including Coach among its ...

Chinese workers emboldened by strikes

Apr 7, 2015

Chinese workers emboldened by strikes

by Didi Tang

Timid by nature, Shi Jieying took a risk last month and joined fellow workers in a strike at her handbag factory, one of a surging number of such labor protests across China. Riot police flooded into the factory compound, broke up the strike and ...

Jan 11, 2015

Cameron's Conservatives vow tough new U.K. strike laws

British Prime Minister David Cameron’s Conservative Party says it will introduce tough strike laws for some public service workers if it wins the general election in May, prompting anger from unions that called the proposals an affront to democracy. Under the Conservatives’ plans announced ...

McDonald's runs out of French fries in Venezuela

Jan 7, 2015

McDonald's runs out of French fries in Venezuela

How about a side of yuca with that Big Mac? Venezuela’s more than 100 McDonald’s franchises have run out of potatoes and are serving alternatives like deep-fried “arepa” flatbreads or yuca, a starchy staple of traditional South American cooking. McDonald’s is blaming a contract ...

Millions may rally for higher pay in Indonesia

Dec 4, 2014

Millions may rally for higher pay in Indonesia

Indonesia’s capital girded for a potential turnout of millions of protesters asking for a bigger increase in minimum wages in the world’s fourth-most-populous nation, a test of President Joko Widodo’s pro-business image. The two-day national protest, starting Dec. 10, will involve four trade union ...

Sao Paulo snarled as metro strike continues

Jun 9, 2014

Sao Paulo snarled as metro strike continues

Sao Paulo subway workers ignored a court ruling Sunday and extended a strike threatening to cause traffic mayhem at the World Cup’s opening game on Thursday. The subway staff’s union voted to press on with the strike hours after a labor court ruled it ...