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Caterpillar workers plan to strike in Illinois

Steve Jones, an official with the IAM Local 851 that represents the workers, told Reuters that union representatives rejected Caterpillar's offer because “we’re going to be in a much worse economic position six years from now than we are now.”

Swaziland protests: Police arrest union leaders in crackdown on pro-democracy marches

JOHANNESBURG — Swaziland police cracked down on pro-democracy protests Thursday, arresting union leaders and stepping up armed patrols to disperse planned gatherings in the capital, Mbabane.

South Africa: Wal-Mart takeover of Massmart cleared by appeals court

JOHANNESBURG — A South African court today dismissed a government bid to have Wal-Mart's $2.4 billion takeover of Massmart Holdings set aside, but called for a study into how local suppliers can take part in the American retailing giant's supply chain.

South Africa: National strike, protests over road tolls (PHOTOS)

CAPE TOWN, South Africa — A nationwide strike drew tens of thousands on Wednesday, with labor unions and political parties marching in protest of a planned road toll system in South Africa.

Wal-Mart opening its first store in downtown LA

Wal-Mart's Senior Director of Community Affairs Steven V. Restivo told the LAist that the new store is "an opportunity to revive the vacant property" in Chinatown, "is in line with [Wal-Mart's] sustainability goals and will help deliver an added economic boost to the area."

Frankfurt Airport workers to strike again, starting Feb. 26

The strike is slated to begin at 9 p.m. Sunday (2000 GMT; 3 p.m. EST), and end at 5 a.m. Thursday (0400 GMT; 11 p.m. EST Wednesday), according to the AP.

Caterpillar to build new plant in Georgia

The one-million-square-foot plant will produce small tractors and excavators, Bloomberg Businessweek reported.

South Africa: Kruger Park rangers strike triggers rhino poaching fears

Last year, a record 448 rhinos were poached in South Africa, including 252 rhinos killed at Kruger park.

French airline worker strike announced

While Air France officials said the airline expects to keep flying more than 85 percent of its long-haul flights and 80 percent of European flights while the strike is on, the company added it would likely have to cancel some flights at the last minute, the AP reported.
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