Sour notes for Macron from striking Paris Opera musicians

Business Jan 1, 2020

Sour notes for Macron from striking Paris Opera musicians

Striking Paris Opera musicians ushered in a new year of protest against President Emmanuel Macron's government by playing extracts from "Carmen" and "Romeo and Juliet" to a square steeped in the history of the French Revolution. The spirited, makeshift performance Tuesday on the front steps ...

World Dec 29, 2019

Pension and yellow vest protesters unite in Paris march

Thousands of protesters opposed to the French government's plan to revamp the retirement system marched through Paris on Saturday, the 24th day of crippling strikes. In an unusual gesture, unions organizing the march asked yellow vest protesters to join them. The march coincided with the ...

As French transport strike continues, Christmas mayhem feared

World Dec 15, 2019

As French transport strike continues, Christmas mayhem feared

France reeled under a crippling public transport strike for a 10th day Saturday aimed at forcing the government to scrap a pension revamp, as fears grew of travel mayhem during Christmas. Train traffic was severely disrupted with only one out four TGV high speed long-distance ...

Third general strike keeps pressure on Colombia's Duque

World / Social Issues Dec 5, 2019

Third general strike keeps pressure on Colombia's Duque

Thousands of protesters took part in anti-government demonstrations in Colombia's capital Bogota and other cities Wednesday during the country's third general strike in two weeks. Strike leaders say they intend to maintain pressure on right-wing President Ivan Duque's government, after brushing aside his appeals to ...

Portugal's fuel-tanker drivers call off strike to negotiate

Business Aug 19, 2019

Portugal's fuel-tanker drivers call off strike to negotiate

Portugal's fuel-tanker drivers voted on Sunday to call off an indefinite strike, with their union agreeing to negotiate with employers in government-brokered talks due on Tuesday. Demanding better salaries and working conditions, the National Hazardous Goods Drivers' Union (SNMMP) started striking on Aug. 12 after ...