retail and food

Argos workers on strike in Ireland

With only three shopping weeks left in the Christmas shopping season, employees at 31 Argos brances in Ireland abandoned their tills and making for the picket line.

Iran: The struggle of the Haft-Tapeh workers

Workers at Iran's Haft Tapeh sugar factory have been engaged in a struggle since they first went on strike in October. The state responded with repression, arresting organizers, and the workers have been engaged in action in response.

UK: Strike at Bernard Matthews called off

Not bootiful: Matthews

A strike of 1,300 workers at turkey firm Bernard Matthews for this Thursday has been called off by Unite following an injunction threat.

France: fishermen strike over fuel prices

As strike action breaks out across France, fishermen in Brest have gone on strike protesting at the end of government fuel subsidies.

Cork caterers on strike

Cork County Hall

Staff at the country’s largest local authority office face the prospect of foraging for their own food today, as their caterers are due to go on strike.

US: The Thibodaux Massacre of 1887

One of the most interesting, and probably least known events in Louisiana history is the Thibodaux Massacre of 1887, the second most bloody labor dispute in U.S. history.

France: Ghanty workers win strike

Workers at the retailer on the island of La Réunion won several concessions after launching a strike during the busy sales period.

1918: Rice riots and strikes in Japan

From July-September 1918, Japan was swept with a wave of riots from rural fishing villages to major industrial centres and coal fields, in what was the largest upheaval in Japan to date, and the widest ranging popular disturbances since the unrest during the Meiji restoration of 1868.

More strikes at the Post Office and Royal Mail

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Crown post offices are to go on strike this week against plans to transfer services to WH Smith, while Royal Mail workers begin their third week of rolling strikes.

UK: Coca-Cola workers strike over pay

Wakefield Coca-Cola workers fight for their rights in Feb 2007

Workers at a Coca-Cola plant have begun a 48-hour strike, followed by an overtime ban, after rejecting a below-inflation pay rise.