retail and food

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.

Post office staff on strike in Coventry

Coventry post office picket line

Workers at the Post Office in Coventry were on strike Thursday over moves to shift services to WH Smith.

Virgin rail catering workers on strike

Manchester: 100 catering workers at Virgin Trains are on strike in support of a sacked colleague.

Heinz workers defy union and walk out

Mean meanz Heinz

Over 1,000 staff at food manufacturer Heinz's Wigan plant walked out Wednesday night over a sub-inflation pay offer, and sickness and disciplinary procedures.

Mozambique sugar plantation wildcat continues

Sugar plantation workers

Around 4,000 workers in Sofala province having rejected government calls to return to work and a divisive offer aimed only at cane cutters and not the other plantation workers, insisting their demands will be met collectively or they will remain on strike.

One dead in Mozambique wildcat strike

A sugar plantation

One person died and three others were injured, two of them seriously, when violent clashes broke out on Monday at the Mafambisse sugar plantation, in the central Mozambican province of Sofala, after about 4,000 seasonal workers went on strike.

‘General strike’ spreads across Peru

Riot police in Cuzco

As an indefinite teachers strike continues into its 12th day, farmers, miners and construction workers joined the protests, with one farmer shot dead by police.

France: Migrant workers' occupation wins

Buffalo Grill strikers

Sacked workers occupying the Buffalo Grill restaurant for one month have beaten their employers and been re-instated with their employment status regularised.