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A demonstrator stands as he participates in a 24-hour general strike in Athens on April 9, 2014. Greek unions held a 24-hour anti-austerity strike today shutting down ferry services to the country's world-famous islands, disrupting rail travel and closing pharmacies and several government offices. They protest new labour reforms demanded by the country's EU-IMF creditors.

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A demonstrator stands as he participates in a 24-hour general strike in Athens. Greek unions held a 24-hour anti-austerity strike on Wednesday shutting down ferry services to the country’s world-famous islands, disrupting rail travel and closing pharmacies and several government offices.

A man carrying a helmet and with his face hooded attends a rally near Lonmin's platinum mine in Marikana on January 23, 2014. Tens of thousands of workers at the world's three top platinum producers were set to down tools today in a pay strike that could have a devastating impact in Africa's largest economy. Up to 80,000 workers at Impala Platinum, Anglo American Platinum and Lonmin mines will embark on an indefinite strike from early Thursday, after their demand to double the minimum monthly wage to $1,150 was rejected.

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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.

A Bangladeshi auto driver waits for passengers during an ongoing strike called by the main opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2014. On Monday, Bangladesh's Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's ruling Awami League party won one of the most violent elections in the country's history, marred by street fighting, low turnout and a boycott by the opposition that made the results a foregone conclusion. The political gridlock plunges Bangladesh deeper into turmoil and economic stagnation, and could lead to more violence in a deeply impoverished country of 160 million.

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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 the access to the Industrial Zone in Rousset, near Aix-en-Provence, southern France, on December 23, 2013, 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 blocade of the Rousset industrial zone, as French Minister for Industrial Renewal Arnaud Montebourg prepared to receive a delegation of workers in Paris today.

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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 railway passenger walks along an empty platform during an SNCF French national railways strike at Gare de Lyon train station in Paris, France, 12 December 2013. French labor unions called for a national strike that runs until 13 December, 8 am.

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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 Lisbon's subway workers, Thursday, Nov. 28, 3013. The strike is against salary cuts and other austerity measures linked to the 2014 national budget

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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 budgetRead more

A woman protests against the school refo...A woman protests against the school reform as teachers, assistants and parents demonstrate on November 14, 2013 in Marseille, southern France, during a nationwide day of strike to protest against the government's reform in the duration of classes and extracurricular activities, making children attend classes five days a week, instead of four in nursery and primary schools. AFP PHOTO / BORIS HORVATBORIS HORVAT/AFP/Getty Images

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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.

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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, London as firefighters and Fire Service staff across England and Wales walked out on strike today in a bitter row over pensions, with the threat of further action if the dispute is not resolved. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday September 25, 2013. Members of the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) left their stations and set up picket lines, leaving brigades to put into place contingency plans. See PA story INDUSTRY Fire.

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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.

TOPSHOTS A protestor shouts a slogan in ...TOPSHOTS A protestor shouts a slogan in front of the Greek Parliament in Athens on July 16, 2013 during a demonstration as a general strike gripped Greece today 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 tomorrow, that implements fresh reforms, including the re-deployment of thousands of civil servants.     AFP PHOTO / ANGELOS TZORTZINISANGELOS TZORTZINIS/AFP/Getty Images

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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