Spontaneous walkouts hit Airbus across Europe


1,000 workers downed tools in Germany's Laupheim Airbus plant yesterday as other wildcat walkouts occurred across France and Germany as huge job cuts were announced.

Guinea: General strike ends with appointment of new PM


Union leaders in Guinea once again suspended a general strike on Tuesday a nationwide strike after President Lansana Conte (pictured) agreed to appoint a new prime minister.

VW workers approve longer hours despite wildcat strikes


Workers at Volkswagen AG's Belgian plant on Tuesday approved a restructuring plan to work longer hours without extra pay in order to keep their jobs.

Canada: Rail strikers defy back to work calls


Workers who have been on strike for two weeks, against the wishes of the United Transportation Union, are to vote on a new one-year deal.

Israeli general strike called off as negotiations begin

Chair of Histadrut Labour Federation

The public sector strike scheduled to begin Wednesday morning has been postponed indefinitely, Histadrut Chairman Ofer Eini decided Tuesday after meeting with Prime Minister Ehud Olmert.

Zimbabwean government to crush any union-led protests


The Zimbabwe government on Sunday said trade union leaders calling for a national work boycott in April are itching “to start a war” in the country and vowed to sternly deal with them.

Records of the strike in Egypt under Ramses III, c1155BC

 Judicial Papyrus of Turin, verso ii

A contemporary document recounting the first ever recorded labour strike, which occured in Deir el Medina, Ancient Egypt during the reign of Ramses III when workers did not receive their rations.

Lip and the self-managed counter-revolution, 1973 – Negation

Poster of the movie on the Lip factory

A critical article about workers' struggles at the Lip watch factory in France, where workers began self-managing the firm..

Belgium: Strikes across rail network

Last Thursday a wildcat strike by train drivers at the Belgian station of Termonde lead to the cancellation of many services, a spokesman for the railway claimed not to know what had triggered the unofficial action.

Guinean general strike continues as martial law relaxed


Life is slowly returning to relative normality in Guinea now that the government has eased a curfew imposed after nationwide unrest, but the general strike is ongoing.