Balloons featuring Italian Prime minister Matteo Renzi as Pinocchio are displayed during a general strike called by several trade unions in protest against the government’s economic policy, on Friday in Rome
A plane of German flagship carrier Lufthansa is parked on tarmac in Frankfurt’s airport on Monday. Lufthansa cancelled 1,350 flights, or 48 percent of scheduled services, for Monday and Tuesday as its pilots prepared to go on strike, their ninth walkout this year. The cancelled short-, medium- and long-haul flights will affect 150,000 passengers and wipe another single-digit million euro sum off the airline’s earnings, according to analyst estimates.
Strikers, near smoke from a flare, block an entrance at Antwerp port, one of the world’s biggest, on Monday. Trade unions and workers voiced anger over austerity measures announced by Belgium’s new government.
Demonstators hold flares during a demonstration as part of a general strike in central Rome on Friday
Train engines stand idle at a railway marshalling yard in Seevetal, Germany on Wednesday. Germany’s train drivers’ union ‘Gewerkschaft Deutscher Lokomotivfuehrer (GDL)’ announced the longest strike in the 20-year history of the Deutsche Bahn. Strike actions are planned to last until next Monday
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A Lufthansa aircraft lands at the Frankfurt, central Germany, airport Monday morning. The Vereinigung Cockpit union announced a 35-hour strike at Lufthansa’s short-haul fleet starting mid-Monday, the latest in a string of walkouts over retirement benefits
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NHS workers hold placards during a strike, outside St Pancras Hospital in London. Thousands of health workers in Britain went on strike on Monday to protest against a pay freeze, the first walk out over pay in the country’s state-run National Health Service (NHS) for over thirty years.
Rickshaw drivers gather during the dawn to dusk strike called by the Jamaat-e-Islami party in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Jamaat-e-Islami called for the shutdown to mount pressure for the release of its senior leader and war crimes convict Delwar Hossain Sayedee
Commuters walk in the rain through Comercio square during a partial strike by Lisbon‘s subway workers on Wednesday
Taxis park on the side of a road in Kolkata, India on Wednesday after drivers strike in protest against recent changes to transport laws and allegations of poor treatment by police in the city