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Brussels blocked by massive protest

Thousands of demonstrators who work in Belgium's health and welfare sector are angry about government plans for austerity measures.

Thousands of demonstrators who work in Belgium's health and welfare sector are angry about government plans for austerity measures.

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Uber loses UK driver employment case

Uber should no longer treat its drivers as self-employed, a British employment tribunal has ruled, dealing a major blow to its business model.

Uber should no longer treat its drivers as self-employed, a British employment tribunal has ruled, dealing a major blow to its business model.

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French unions stage last-ditch street protests against new labour law

Unions in France have vowed to keep fighting the country’s new labour law, but admitted on Thursday that dwindling support meant months of street protests were now…

Unions in France have vowed to keep fighting the country’s new labour law, but admitted on Thursday that dwindling support meant months of street protests were now…

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2,000 jobs under threat at Caterpillar in Belgium

World's largest maker of heavy machinery begins consultation process that could lead to closure of plant in Charleroi.

World's largest maker of heavy machinery begins consultation process that could lead to closure of plant in Charleroi.

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Uber drivers fight for workers rights in London

Two Uber drivers in London have brought a test case at an employment tribunal arguing the ride service is acting unlawfully by not offering paid holidays and sick pay.

Two Uber drivers in London have brought a test case at an employment tribunal arguing the ride service is acting unlawfully by not offering paid holidays and sick pay.

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Controversial labour reform forced through in France

Labour unions mounted a last-gasp protest as the bill returned to the French National Assembly for a second review on Tuesday.

Labour unions mounted a last-gasp protest as the bill returned to the French National Assembly for a second review on Tuesday.

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Delays and cancellations as French unions begin indefinite transport strike

SNCF workers begun unlimited strike Aviation unions to walkout June 3 to 5 Governtment calls for talks with CGT French unions have upped the ante and launched an indefinite strike, targeting nat

SNCF workers begun unlimited strike Aviation unions to walkout June 3 to 5 Governtment calls for talks with CGT French unions have upped the ante and launched an indefinite strike, targeting nat

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Social unrest continues in France and Belgium

Train services have been reduced today in France, where rail workers have started an unlimited strike.

Train services have been reduced today in France, where rail workers have started an unlimited strike.

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French strikes multiply as Euro 2016 nears

Strike action is multiplying in France and the timing couldn’t be worse with the Euro 2016 football tournament due to start there in just 10 days…

Strike action is multiplying in France and the timing couldn’t be worse with the Euro 2016 football tournament due to start there in just 10 days…

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More transport chaos in France in standoff over labour reforms

Unions target transport for more strikes TGV and regional trains to be hit from Tuesday night Air France pilots hold their own strike Just as the spectre of dry petrol stations and blockaded oil

Unions target transport for more strikes TGV and regional trains to be hit from Tuesday night Air France pilots hold their own strike Just as the spectre of dry petrol stations and blockaded oil

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France: Nuclear strike raises stakes in showdown over labour reforms

With pumps at more than 4,000 petrol stations in France now partially or fully dry, the showdown between the government and the hardline CGT union over contested labour reforms intensified on…

With pumps at more than 4,000 petrol stations in France now partially or fully dry, the showdown between the government and the hardline CGT union over contested labour reforms intensified on…

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Protests over French labour reforms spread to more cities

Protests in Paris against against proposed labour reforms have spread to other French cities, including Marseille, Lille, Nantes, Rennes and

Protests in Paris against against proposed labour reforms have spread to other French cities, including Marseille, Lille, Nantes, Rennes and

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Walloon rail strike halts trains in Belgium and beyond

Rail workers in Brussels and southern Belgium are carrying out a 48-hour strike which disrupting connections as far away as London and Paris. Both

Rail workers in Brussels and southern Belgium are carrying out a 48-hour strike which disrupting connections as far away as London and Paris. Both

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Anti-austerity protesters battle police in Brussels

Police and anti-austerity protesters have engaged in running battles in the Belgian capital Brussels. Tens of thousands took to the streets as part

Police and anti-austerity protesters have engaged in running battles in the Belgian capital Brussels. Tens of thousands took to the streets as part

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Air France violence a 'national embarrassment'

France’s political leaders say violence by workers of the country’s flag carrier Air France is a national embarrassment that reinforces the very

France’s political leaders say violence by workers of the country’s flag carrier Air France is a national embarrassment that reinforces the very

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EU charming CELAC states for trade and investment stakes

The first EU-CELAC Summit — the European Union and the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States — was held in January 2013, in Santiago

The first EU-CELAC Summit — the European Union and the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States — was held in January 2013, in Santiago

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Brazil: Clashes break out at protest against new labour law

Police have used tear gas and pepper spray to disperse demonstrators in the Brazilian capital. Thousands had gathered in Brasilia to voice their

Police have used tear gas and pepper spray to disperse demonstrators in the Brazilian capital. Thousands had gathered in Brasilia to voice their

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Unions accuse McDonald's of big tax takeaway

Labour unions and a charity accused fast food chain McDonald’s of avoiding around 1 billion euros ($1.1 billion) in tax between 2009 and 2013 by

Labour unions and a charity accused fast food chain McDonald’s of avoiding around 1 billion euros ($1.1 billion) in tax between 2009 and 2013 by

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Health staff in England and Northern Ireland strike over pay

Health workers in England and Northern Ireland have taken part in the first strike over pay since the Thatcher era. They included nurses, midwives

Health workers in England and Northern Ireland have taken part in the first strike over pay since the Thatcher era. They included nurses, midwives

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EU, Canada set to finalise free trade pact

EU and Canadian officials are to mark the end of five years of free trade negotiations this week. They will meet in Ottawa on Friday to put the

EU and Canadian officials are to mark the end of five years of free trade negotiations this week. They will meet in Ottawa on Friday to put the

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Ukraine critics denounce Russian influence over EU trade deal

Despite the euphoria emanating from Ukraine’s parliament following the ratification of the EU trade accord, some MPs expressed dissatisfaction that

Despite the euphoria emanating from Ukraine’s parliament following the ratification of the EU trade accord, some MPs expressed dissatisfaction that

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MEPs express support and surprise over landmark EU-Ukraine deal

MEPs have backed Ukraine’s agreement with the European Union – but expressed surprise parts of it will not be implemented until 2016. Martin

MEPs have backed Ukraine’s agreement with the European Union – but expressed surprise parts of it will not be implemented until 2016. Martin

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Analysis: how the landmark EU-Ukraine deal came about

On the 27th of June this year, Ukraine (and Georgia and Moldova) signed the Association Agreement with the European Union, to govern policy

On the 27th of June this year, Ukraine (and Georgia and Moldova) signed the Association Agreement with the European Union, to govern policy

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EU and Ukraine parliaments hail "historic" treaty

In what has been widely described as a historic event, the European and Ukrainian parliaments have finally ratified the landmark association

In what has been widely described as a historic event, the European and Ukrainian parliaments have finally ratified the landmark association