Strikes

Travelers waiting for a train at Gare de Lyon train station in Paris, Sunday, Dec. 29, 2019. Strikes, which began Dec. 5, have disrupted transport across France and beyond, hobbling Paris Metros and trains across the country and businesses. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)
December 30, 2019 - 4:34 am
PARIS (AP) — The start of a fourth week of French transport strikes saw some modest improvements Monday for beleaguered commuters in Paris, with fewer Metro lines closed. The strikes against government plans to reform the French pension system were still causing considerable disruption for users of...
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Travelers waiting to to board a train at Gare de Lyon train station in Paris, Sunday, Dec. 29, 2019. Strikes, which began Dec. 5, have disrupted transport across France and beyond, hobbling Paris Metros and trains across the country and businesses. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)
December 30, 2019 - 4:21 am
PARIS (AP) — Labor unions' outsized power and plentiful funds are driving the strikes crippling France to protest the government’s planned revamping of the retirement system. Unions represent less than 10% of salaried workers but have a cozy, if paradoxical, relationship with officialdom that...
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French union members and workers demonstrate after 22 days on a strike against pension reform plans, in Paris, Thursday, Dec. 26, 2019. France's punishing transportation troubles may ease up slightly over Christmas, but unions plan renewed strikes and protests in January to resist government plans to raise the retirement age to 64. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)
December 27, 2019 - 8:17 am
PARIS (AP) — French union activists disrupted two of the country's eight oil refineries Friday as part of nationwide strikes against a higher retirement age that have lasted for 23 days, the longest such walkout in France in decades. The current action, at more than three weeks, is now longer than...
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In this photo taken on Dec.17, 2019, Smranda Deaconu passes out flags at a hospital workers march in Marseille, southern France. In a hospital in Marseille, student doctors are holding an exceptional, open-ended strike to demand a better future. France’s vaunted public hospital system is increasingly stretched to its limits after years of cost cuts, and the interns at La Timone - one of the country’s biggest hospitals - say their internships are failing to prepare them as medical professionals. Instead, the doctors-in-training are being used to fill the gaps. (AP Photo/Daniel Cole)
December 24, 2019 - 8:08 am
MARSEILLE, France (AP) — Nestled in the cinderblock complex of Marseille’s sprawling La Timone hospital stands the intern residency building, home to a community of French student doctors holding an exceptional, open-ended strike to demand a better future. Protesting interns in white coats and blue...
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Riot police officers detain a striking train worker outside the the Gare de Lyon train station, Monday, Dec. 23, 2019 in Paris. A wildcat protest comes on Day 19 of nationwide strike over the government's plans to raise the retirement age to 64. The union-led protest Monday led to a standoff with riot police that spilled onto the streets around the historic Gare de Lyon train station. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)
December 23, 2019 - 11:25 am
PARIS (AP) — Last year, it was the yellow vest protests. This year, it’s the strikes that have crippled Paris. The Christmas holidays aren’t proving to be a lucrative - or indeed merry - time for boutiques in the capital. Or, for that matter, oyster vendors. Or hotels, or cafes. Decorative lights...
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A man walks on a platform at the Gare de l'Est train station Monday, Dec. 23, 2019 in Paris. France's punishing transportation troubles may ease up slightly over Christmas, but unions plan renewed strikes and protests in January to resist government plans to raise the retirement age to 64. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)
December 23, 2019 - 7:12 am
PARIS (AP) — Striking French train workers blocked passengers from boarding one of the few subways functioning in Paris on Monday, leading to a standoff with police on the 19th day of nationwide strikes over the government's plans to raise the retirement age to 64. The wildcat protest by a few...
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High-speed trains are pictured at Gare du Nord train station in Paris, Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2019. With French President Emmanuel Macron under heavy pressure over his pension reform plans, government officials are meeting with employers and unions on Wednesday to consider the way forward. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)
December 19, 2019 - 2:28 pm
PARIS (AP) — France’s punishing transportation troubles may ease up slightly over Christmas — but unions plan renewed strikes and protests in January to resist government plans to raise the retirement age to 64. Talks between the prime minister and labor leaders failed to reach a compromise on...
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High-speed trains are pictured at Gare du Nord train station in Paris, Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2019. With French President Emmanuel Macron under heavy pressure over his pension reform plans, government officials are meeting with employers and unions on Wednesday to consider the way forward. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)
December 19, 2019 - 11:34 am
PARIS (AP) — Protesters marching through Paris kept up the pressure on French President Emmanuel Macron to scrap a divisive plan to raise the retirement age to 64. Much of France's transport networks remained snarled, despite small signs of progress in negotiations between Macron's government and...
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High-speed trains are pictured at Gare du Nord train station in Paris, Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2019. With French President Emmanuel Macron under heavy pressure over his pension reform plans, government officials are meeting with employers and unions on Wednesday to consider the way forward. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)
December 19, 2019 - 4:41 am
PARIS (AP) — Traffic improved slightly on French trains Thursday as nationwide strikes over the government's retirement reform entered a 15th day and small signs of progress emerged in negotiations with unions. However, the crisis hitting one of the world's biggest economies at the height of the...
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December 19, 2019 - 3:15 am
BERLIN (AP) — Germany's flagship airline Lufthansa is warning of inconveniences for passengers and possible delays Thursday in an ongoing dispute with its catering service employees. The Ver.di union called for a 24-hour warning strike for the caterers in Frankfurt and Munich as it seeks wage...
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