Tens of thousands of workers at the world’s three top platinum producers downed tools on Thursday in South Africa in a pay strike that could have a devastating impact on Africa’s largest economy. Here, protesters gather near Lonmin’s platinum mine in Marikana.
An auto-rickshaw driver waits for passengers during a strike called by the main opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party in Dhaka, Bangladesh, on Tuesday. Read more
Workers of semiconductor manufacturer LFoundry block access to the industrial zone in Rousset, near Aix-en-Provence, southern France, on Monday, after trade unions announced that a court had ordered a judicial liquidation of their factory. Over 670 jobs are at risk if the factory closes and approximately 400 workers took part in the protest and blockade.
A man walks along an empty platform at Gare de Lyon in Paris, France, during an SNCF national railways strike that ends Friday morning
Commuters cast long shadows as they walk along Lisbon’s Comercio square during a partial strike by the city’s subway workers. The strikers are protesting against salary cuts and other austerity measures linked to Portugal’s 2014 national budget. Read more
A Marseille woman protests during a nationwide strike against French education reforms. Proposals aim to change the duration of classes and extracurricular activities, making children attend classes five days a week, instead of four in nursery and primary schools.
Firemen take part in a demonstration of Italian trade unions Cobas and Usb against austerity measures and European politics. Thousands of people protested against economic austerity in Rome today as partial transport strikes across the country cancelled dozens of flights and snarled buses and trains.
A fireman with his dog on the picket line at Euston London Fire Brigade station house in London. Firefighters and Fire Service staff across England and Wales striked on Wednesday over pensions, with the threat of further action if the dispute is not resolved.
A protester shouts a slogan in front of the Greek parliament in Athens on Tuesday during a demonstration as a general strike gripped the country for the fourth time this year and unions railed at fresh austerity measures the government is imposing in order to keep receiving EU-IMF loans. Unions called the latest one-day national mobilisation in protest at a new bill, due to be voted on Wednesday, that implements fresh reforms, including the re-deployment of thousands of civil servants Read more
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Michelin tyre employees, mostly from the Joue-les-Tours plant, run away from tear gas spread by security member as try to pull out the grid of the company headquarters where an extraordinary commitee is taking place on Wednesday in Clermont-Ferrand, central France.