Darjeeling unrest threatens tea shortage

Aug 4, 2017

Darjeeling unrest threatens tea shortage

The world faces a shortage of prized Darjeeling tea because of deadly unrest in the idyllic Indian Himalayan foothills where it is grown. In the dozens of lush green plantations across the picturesque hill station, the June-August harvest season normally provides the bulk of the ...

Jun 2, 2016

French nuclear plants, trains on strike over labor bill

Workers are on strike at most French nuclear plants and the national rail service to protest the proposed abolition of some labor protections. Members of the CGT union at 16 of France's 19 nuclear plants, which provide the majority of the country's electricity, voted for ...

London's commuters make do as strike shuts subway system

Jul 10, 2015

London's commuters make do as strike shuts subway system

Thursday's transportation choices in London were: take a hike, ride a bike, try to find a bus you like. Millions of commuters jammed buses, rented bicycles or simply walked for miles to and from work as a 24-hour strike shut down the British capital's famed ...

Chinese workers emboldened by strikes

Apr 7, 2015

Chinese workers emboldened by strikes

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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 hauled ...

/ 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 Saturday, ...

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 dispute with ...

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 groups, ...

Public workers strike across U.K. over austerity pay cuts

/ Jul 10, 2014

Public workers strike across U.K. over austerity pay cuts

Public-sector workers in the United Kingdom walked out Thursday to protest pay, pensions and job cuts, closing schools, courts and libraries across the country. Government employees belonging to Unite, Unison and the GMB labor groups joined members of the National Union of Teachers, the Fire ...