Strike Action

Chinese workers in Singapore crane protest

One of the two Chinese construction workers continues his protest on top of a crane. Photo: EPA

Two crane operators staged a high-rise protest at a construction site in Singapore yesterday, its second industrial incident involving mainland Chinese workers in less than two weeks.

Friday, 7 December, 2012, 5:03am

Briefs, October 12, 2012

Chinese strawberries 'didn't infect Germans'

12 Oct 2012 - 4:39am

CityU calls for support in hunger strike against national education

City University teachers and students form a "no' sign during their protest yesterday. Photo: Sam Tsang

City University's staff association is calling on teachers and students to join a marathon citywide hunger strike to press the government to scrap national education in schools.

The association issued the appeal yesterday as a 400-strong rally was held against the subject at the Kowloon Tong university.

20 Sep 2012 - 4:39am

Chicago teachers strike threatens to become protracted struggle

Thousands of public school teachers rally for the second consecutive day outside the Chicago Board of Education district headquarters on Tuesday in Chicago. Photo: AP

Chicago teachers stayed away from public schools for a third day on Wednesday in a strike over Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s demand for tough teacher evaluations that US education reform advocates see as crucial to fixing urban schools.

12 Sep 2012 - 8:17pm

Briefs, September 12, 2012

Striking miners listen to Julius Malema's speech. Photo: AP

Defence minister escapes bomb attack

SANAA - Yemen's defence minister, Major General Muhammad Nasir Ahmad, escaped a car bomb attack on his motorcade that killed at least 12 other people, a day after the government said it had killed the regional al-Qaeda branch's number two. Seven security guards and five civilians were killed and 12 others were wounded. Reuters

12 Sep 2012 - 3:54am

South African police gun down striking platinum miners at Marikana mine

Strikers rally yesterday near the Marikana mine.Photo: AFP

South African riot police opened fire on striking miners armed with machetes and sticks at Lonmin's Marikana platinum mine yesterday, killing several men in the deadliest episode of a week of union violence.

17 Aug 2012 - 12:45pm

Firefighters make sit-in threat in hours dispute

Firefighters will step up their industrial action by staging a sit-in protest unless the government provides details of how it plans to implement a reduction in their working hours by the end of next week.

14 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Police injure pregnant woman, strikers claim

Clashes broke out as police moved in to help a Hitachi-affiliated factory in Shenzhen move products out of its warehouse, which was surrounded by protesting workers as their sit-in moved into its seventh day.

11 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Cracks in economic miracle becoming harder to ignore

Rumblings of discontent are starting to echo across the Yangtze River Delta. Dissatisfaction and frustration seem to be bubbling up among the worker bees who keep the world's factory ticking.

A pattern of strikes that began in the south of the country appears to have spread to the mainland's other industrial heartland.

10 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Workers refuse to back down

A wave of strikes in the Pearl River and Yangtze River deltas over pay and compensation gathered momentum yesterday.

The increasing regularity of walkouts in the industrial heartlands is a sign of rising labour tensions as an ever more combative workforce faces off against employers battling the effects of a global slowdown.

7 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Lift repairers on strike for pay rise and shorter hours

Workers at a lift maintenance company went on strike yesterday and vowed to continue it today.

About 70 repair workers at ThyssenKrupp Elevator said they would refuse emergency jobs unless their demands for a pay rise and shorter working hours were met.

The company carries out maintenance work at 600 buildings.

27 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

Billy Elliot

Starring: Jamie Bell Director: Stephen Daldry Year of original release: 2000

The film

Billy Elliot is a British film set during the historic coal miners' strike of 1984-85. It takes place in a mining town in Durham in the north of England. The story centres on Billy, an 11-year-old boy who wants to become a professional ballet dancer.

19 Jan 2011 - 12:00am

Union ends bus strike as support shrivels, but hints at future action

Organisers of the city's first bus strike in 21 years have been forced to end their action after the second day of the protest attracted an even poorer response among union members than the first day.

11 Aug 2010 - 12:00am

It's time to look after mainland workers

There is more than a touch of irony in recent clashes on mainland factory floors. Marxist theory holds that workers are the most important force in communism. Yet on the mainland, it is an increasingly restive and long discontented manufacturing workforce that is causing disquiet for the Communist Party.

10 Jun 2010 - 12:00am

Bus strike looms as sides dig in on pay

Union leaders hold little hope of heading off a strike by bus drivers and technicians at New World First Bus over their claim for a pay rise.

Representatives of the New World First Bus Company Staff Union and the company are due to meet tomorrow for more talks.

4 Aug 2009 - 12:00am