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UN labour agency says Qatar must end union restrictions

Qatar must overhaul its employment laws because they fly in the face of global rules on trade union rights, the UN labour agency said, in fresh criticism of the 2022 World Cup host. In an official document sent to AFP Tuesday, the International Labour Organization's (ILO) freedom of association committee urged Qatar to remove a host of restrictions on forming unions and striking, and protecting workers against discrimination.

Greek civil servants strike against layoffs

Greek civil servants launched a 48-hour strike Wednesday against additional layoffs planned this year under the terms of the country's EU-IMF bailout. Some 3,000 civil servants demonstrated in Athens against the layoff plans, police said. "We are people, not numbers," said banners held by the protesters. Greece is required to fire 11,500 civil servants this year under its multi-billion-euro loan rescue. Last year it took 3,500 staff off the state payroll and put another 20,000 on a mobility scheme to other agencies deemed to be short of employees.

Main Greek union calls April 9 general strike

Greece's main private sector union GSEE on Monday said it would stage a 24-hour general strike on April 9 to protest new labour reforms demanded by the country's EU-IMF creditors. Athens is currently in talks with the creditors over the next instalment of funding from its multi-billion-euro bailout. Loan payments to Greece worth some 8.5 billion euros ($11.8 billion) are pending. According to reports, the creditors are pushing for additional civil service layoffs and changes to a 1982 law on strikes to reduce the frequency of labour actions.

Greek public sector workers strike over job cuts, thousands rally

By Renee Maltezou and Karolina Tagaris ATHENS (Reuters) - Thousands of striking public sector workers marched through Athens on Wednesday to protest against planned job cuts demanded by foreign lenders as unemployment in the country holds near record highs. Teachers, municipal workers and pensioners joined the 24-hour walkout by the country's biggest public sector union ADEDY, which shut schools and left hospitals staffed by emergency workers while lawmakers debated a bill on public sector reforms.

Spain Coca-Cola workers reject deal on layoffs

Striking Coca-Cola workers in Spain on Thursday rejected a proposed layoffs deal by the US drinks giant, demanding it halt factory closures which they say threaten nearly 1,200 jobs. A Friday deadline loomed for workers and bosses to reach a settlement, but unions said there would be none since the company had not called off the plant closures. "We are going to keep up the fight. We are not going to come to any agreement while they are planning closures and layoffs," said Ramon Gorriz, one of the leaders of the CCOO labour union.

Two unions sign pay rise deal with Total management: CFDT

PARIS (Reuters) - Two unions at Total's <TOTF.PA> refining branch have signed a pay rise deal with management, which is enough to make the deal valid, a top CFDT union official told Reuters on Monday. The hard-line CGT union, which represents around a quarter of refining workers at Total's French refineries, had not however signed the deal by 1419 GMT (9:19 a.m. EST), the official added. The agreement does not prevent striking CGT workers at the Gonfreville and La Mede plants to continue halting production.

Striking French Total workers shutting down two refineries: CGT

PARIS (Reuters) - French refinery workers at Total <TOTF.PA> staged a fourth day of strike on Monday due to a row with management over annual pay increases, with production units gradually shutting down at the Gonfreville and La Mede plants, union officials said. Workers led by the CGT union have been on strike since Friday over annual wage negotiations. Total's management offered annual pay rises of up to 1.5 percent on Friday, with the CGT union rejecting it.

Tunisia negotiators set deadline for crisis talks

TUNIS (Reuters) - The powerful Tunisian labor union seeking to broker an agreement between ruling Islamists and secular opponents said on Wednesday the two sides had 10 days to name a prime minister to lead a caretaker administration meant to end the crisis. The Islamist-led government has agreed to step down in a few weeks as a way to ease political turmoil that threatened to destroy the country's transition to democracy nearly three years after its "Arab Spring" uprising.

New general strike hits Greece

A general strike hit Greece on Wednesday, paralysing public services and disrupting transport as EU-IMF auditors worked to finalise the recession-hit country's next budget, looking to eliminate a fiscal shortfall that could bring more unpopular cuts. The latest strike this year by the country's main unions shut down the civil service as well as train and ferry services nationwide. Hospitals were operating on reduced staff and several flights were cancelled because of work stoppages by civil aviation staff. Journalists also staged a five-hour walkout to 1300 GMT.

Troika returns to Athens, unions prepare for general strike

The so-called troika of international creditors returned to Athens Monday for another round of crucial talks with Greece's debt-wracked government, as unions prepared for a general strike. Mission chiefs from the European Commission, the International Monetary Fund and the European Central Bank will embark on a new round of talks with Greek officials on Tuesday, the finance ministry said.
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