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Hospital doctors join thousands protesting Greece’s austerity layoffs

Greek doctors on Tuesday joined the latest wave of strikes to hit the debt-stricken country, with thousands of public sector workers protesting against government plans for lay-offs and redeployments. In Brussels, however, European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso said during a visit by Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras that the…

UK’s largest union threatens Olympic walk-out

Britain’s largest trade union on Tuesday warned it would consider staging industrial action during this year’s London Olympic Games, threatening travel chaos for visitors. Unite union general secretary Len McCluskey told the Guardian newspaper that the scale of the government’s public spending cuts meant that the showpiece games, which begin…

‘Top Gear’ host apologizes amid calls for his termination

One of Britain’s biggest unions has called for the BBC to sack popular TV presenter Jeremy Clarkson after he said public sector workers on strike should be shot in front of their families. The Unison trade union said it was taking legal advice after the presenter of the “Top Gear”…

Two million in Britain strike over pension changes

Two million public sector workers went on strike on Wednesday over changes to their pensions in the biggest walkout for decades, closing thousands of schools and disrupting transport. Three-quarters of schools were estimated to be closed during the 24-hour strike, hospitals were operating with skeleton staff and local authorities were paralysed. Striking…

Trumka: Ohio victory a ‘landmark for the 99 percent’

Labor unions and public workers claimed an important victory Tuesday after over 63 percent of voters in Ohio rejected Gov. John Kasich’s (R) plan to strip public workers of collective bargaining rights. “Last night, the people Ohio, from teachers and firefighters to the building trades and public sector workers to…

Greek workers strike against austerity measures

Greek sailors, customs officials and other government employeeswent on strike on Monday and magistrates were to follow suit to protest cutbacks ahead of nationwide strikes this week. No vessels entered or left the main Greek port of Piraeus after 6:00 am (0300 GMT), the mercantile marine ministry said following the 48-hour strike call…

20,000 demonstrate in Greece against austerity

More than 20,000 public sector workers demonstrated in Athens Wednesday in a strike against deeper austerity cuts that shut down courts, schools and transport, including air traffic. Police used tear gas to clear some of the protesters, who included a 500-strong anarchist group, from central Syntagma Square opposite parliament, an…

British plane flying $212 million to Libya

LONDON — A British plane flew $212 million worth of Libyan banknotes to Libya on Wednesday after an assets freeze aimed at the then leader Moamer Kadhafi’s regime was lifted, a British official said. The notes, amounting to 280 million Libyan dinar, should be available to replenish cash machines and…

Idaho governor signs education overhaul into law

SALMON, Idaho (Reuters) – Idaho’s governor on Friday signed into law the final piece of a controversial Republican overhaul of education in the state, as teachers and their allies mobilized to fight the measures. The bill signed by Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter, a Republican, forces districts to equip high schools…

Wisconsin incumbent judge Prosser clings to lead in vote

MADISON, Wis (Reuters) – A routine election for a Wisconsin Supreme Court seat that became a referendum on the state’s new curbs on unionized public employees appeared too close to call early on Wednesday with the incumbent clinging to a narrow lead. With 98 percent of the state’s precincts reporting…

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