Latest Strikes News

Hundreds of Portland city workers on strike for better pay

Feb. 02, 2023 13:04 PM EST

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — More than 600 city employees in Portland, Oregon, walked off the job on Thursday as they went on strike for better pay. Workers represented by the union Laborers' Local 483 have been without a contract since June. Negotiations over a new four-year deal broke...

Bank of England rate hike says 'too soon to declare victory'

Feb. 02, 2023 12:24 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — The Bank of England announced another “forceful” increase in interest rates Thursday, saying it was too soon to declare victory against inflation that has slowed slightly but is still fueling a cost-of-living crisis, public-sector strikes and fears of recession. ...

In Greece, artists’ strike closes theaters, music schools

Feb. 02, 2023 09:49 AM EST

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Performing artists and art students ‒ some banging drums, playing trumpets and dressed in clown outfits ‒ gathered outside Greece’s parliament Thursday during a strike that closed theaters, halted TV shoots and disrupted art school classes. More than...

Sunak marks 100 days as UK prime minister as problems mount

Feb. 02, 2023 04:11 AM EST

London (AP) — U.K. Prime Minister Rishi Sunak has angry unions to the left of him, anxious Conservative Party lawmakers to the right and, in the middle, millions of voters he must win over to avert electoral defeat. It’s a daunting situation for Sunak, who on Thursday marks 100...

Day of disruption in UK as hundreds of thousands join strike

Feb. 01, 2023 10:22 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — Thousands of schools in the U.K. closed some or all of their classrooms, train services were paralyzed and delays were expected at airports on the biggest day of industrial action Britain has seen in more than a decade, as unions stepped up pressure on the government Wednesday to...

European inflation eases for 3rd month but prices still bite

Feb. 01, 2023 06:41 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — Europe's inflation rate dipped at the start of the year, giving some relief to consumers but still leaving them facing higher prices that have driven protests and will likely press the European Central Bank into another interest rate hike Thursday. The consumer price...

Bus drivers strike in Alaska's 2nd-largest school district

Jan. 31, 2023 19:05 PM EST

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Bus drivers in Alaska’s second-largest school district went on strike after delivering students to classes on Tuesday, citing unfair labor practices. The near-unanimous strike was called against Durham School Services after members received what Teamsters...

HarperCollins to cut North American workforce by 5%

Jan. 31, 2023 12:41 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — HarperCollins Publishers plans to cut its workforce by 5% in the U.S. and Canada by the end of June, citing increased costs and lower sales in a statement released Tuesday. The announcement comes the day before HarperCollins and the union representing some 250...

France braces for major transport woes from pension strikes

Jan. 30, 2023 15:02 PM EST

PARIS (AP) — France's national rail operator is recommending that passengers stay home Tuesday to avoid strikes over pension reforms that are expected to cause major transport woes but largely spare high-speed links to Britain, Belgium and the Netherlands. Labor unions that...

France must raise pension age to 64, prime minister says

Jan. 29, 2023 07:29 AM EST

PARIS (AP) — France’s prime minister insisted Sunday that the government’s plan to raise the retirement age from 62 to 64 is “no longer negotiable,” further angering parliamentary opponents and unions who plan new mass protests and disruptive strikes this week. Raising the...