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Union activists protest in France in continued resistance to higher retirement age 2023-06-07 [PBS]

Unions stage new day of protests against pension reform 2023-06-06 [France 24]

Education unions' resounding NO to the 'Teacher Pact' and the pensions law 2023-05-31 [Education International]

Trade unions try to adapt to new world realities 2023-05-23 [Deutsche Welle]

Pension protest held on outskirts of Cannes Film Festival 2023-05-22 [The National Post]

Away from the Cannes glamour, hospitality staff protest over harsh conditions 2023-05-20 [Saltwire]

Pension reform defiance brings new blood to French trade unions 2023-05-18 [Reuters]

The spicy hotdog sausage fueling French protests 2023-05-12 [MSN]

Why French trade unions wield political clout despite low membership 2023-05-12 [RFI]

On 1 May, a global delegation joins French unions’ protest against pension reform 2023-05-03 [EPSU]

Police fire teargas as clashes erupt at May Day pension protests 2023-05-02 [France 24]

French Back Planned Anti-Macron Union Protest, Poll Suggests 2023-04-28 [BNN]

Police block protesters as Macron faces down hostile crowds in rural France 2023-04-22 [France 24]

France ratifies ILO Convention 190 2023-04-19 [BWI]

13 people held in France in gas-meter pension protest dump 2023-04-18 [The Free Press]

France ratifies ILO Convention 190 2023-04-17 [BWI]

Fresh protests across France as Constitutional Council largely upholds Macron's pension reform 2023-04-16 [France 24]

Macron signs controversial pension reform into law as unions accuse him of ‘contempt’ 2023-04-16 [France 24]

French investors gather on advancing trade union rights 2023-04-14 [UNI Global Union]

France ratifies Convention C190 on violence and harassment in the world of work 2023-04-14 [ILO]

Macron's contested pension law faces crunch constitutional test 2023-04-14 [Saltwire]

Garbage collectors in Paris to strike 'indefinitely' in pension protest 2023-04-13 [Modern Ghana]

Unions rally supporters to the streets ahead of pension ruling 2023-04-13 [Reuters]

12th nationwide strike against Macron's pension law 2023-04-13 [The National Post]

‘We’re the only check on Macron’: French protesters vow no let-up in bitter pension battle 2023-04-07 [France 24]

Court suspends worker requisitioning at TotalEnergies Normandy refinery 2023-04-07 [Reuters]

Unions hope 11th day of strikes will dial up pressure over pensions 2023-04-07 [RFI]

Unions to keep up pensions protest after talks with PM fail 2023-04-06 [Saltwire]

Pension protests to bring 'maximum' workers in France after government, union talks fail 2023-04-06 [Saltwire]

Paris garbage workers to strike again 2023-04-05 [Zawya]

Do French trade unions still hold sway over the street? 2023-04-05 [Politico]

UNSA Education's Barometer of Education Professions: taking the pulse of French educators 2023-04-04 [Education International]

Journalist Morgan Large targeted by new threats 2023-04-04 [EFJ]

Trade unions and the revolt against Macron 2023-04-02 [Green Left Weekly]

Why are so many young French people fighting against Macron’s pension reforms? Access to the comments 2023-04-02 [Euronews]

'Sorry Charles!' French unions mark king's absence with banner 2023-04-02 [France 24]

CGT union elects first woman leader amid pension fight 2023-04-02 [France 24]

In the volatile streets of Paris, Macron may be winning his war of attrition against the unions 2023-03-31 [CBC]

Unions announce 11th day of strikes and demos 2023-03-30 [The Local]

Paris breathes easier as refuse workers’ strike called off and rubbish cleared 2023-03-30 [The Guardian]

Paris sanitation workers to stop strike – Trade Union 2023-03-29 [The Chronicle]

PM agrees to talks with union leaders as 740,000 protest pension reform 2023-03-29 [France 24]

Pension protests: Brav-M, the special police unit accused of brutality 2023-03-29 [France 24]

Use of force signals ‘crisis of authority’ as France’s pension battle turns to unrest 2023-03-29 [France 24]

‘Abandoned by all’: Why small-town France is up in arms over Macron’s pension reform 2023-03-29 [France 24]

Fresh strikes, protests kick off in France as Macron stands firm on pension reform 2023-03-29 [France 24]

France pension protests: Tear gas used in Paris as unrest grows 2023-03-29 [BBC]

Dates and sectors of upcoming pension strikes 2023-03-27 [Connexion]

‘Working till we drop’: why women are on the front line of French pension protests 2023-03-26 [The Guardian]

ITF pledges support for French unions against President Macron's anti-democratic push to raise the retirement age 2023-03-23 [ITF]

This month in labour history

This month in labour history

1-06-1975 100 sex workers occupied the church of Saint Nizier, Lyon, refusing to leave unless their convictions for soliciting were rescinded. [more]

1-06-1917 88 strikes were underway in clothing, ammunition and pharmaceuticals. Women were more and more dissatisfied with their treatment during the war and are fighting for the ‘English week’ and better living conditions. [more]

2-06-1975 100 sex workers occupied the church of Saint Nizier, Lyon, refusing to leave unless their convictions for soliciting were rescinded. [more]

2-06-1908 2 dead and 9 injured among workers in the Vigneux-sur-Seine sand pits, on strike for a month when the gendarmes used their weapons against the strike committee installed at the Hôtel-restaurant du Progrès. [more]

2-06-1919 150,000 metal workers and 20,000 public transport workers strike. The strike is a protest over a wage freeze in effect since the start of the war in 1914, despite high inflation. The strikers also demand work for returned soldiers. [more]

2-06-1944 The C.G.T. calls on its activists to place themselves resolutely "at the head of the masses for the launching and the conduct of the general strike". The strike is to support the D-Day invasion. [more]

4-06-1908 A crowd of 15,000 strikers from the Paris region escorts the remains of Pierre Le Foll, killed at Villeneuve St. Georges, to the cemetery of Villeneuve le Roi. Anger is expressed throughout the procession. [more]

6-06-1968 Workers largely returned to work following the May 68 uprising and mass strike, after winning big pay increases and reforms. [more]

6-06-1919 In Saint-Denis, carrying the red flag, soldiers join workers' demonstrations. [more]

9-06-1845 Beginning of a wage strike by carpenters in Paris. For the first time, soldiers are made available to employers to break the strike. [more]

10-06-1941 End of the miners' strike in the Nord / Pas-de-Calais region, one of the first acts of collective resistance to the Nazi occupation. [more]

12-06-1917 Women workers at the Johnson de La Courneuve factory begin a strike. They are joined later in the day by the male workers. [more]

13-06-1941 1st convoy of miners from Nord Pas-de-Calais sent to concentration camps in retaliation for their strike. More than 1,400 had already been arrested, shot, decapitated by the guillotine or died under torture in prisons. [more]

14-06-2000 Signing by employers, the CFDT and the CFTC of a new unemployment insurance agreement providing for the implementation of the PARE (plan to help return to work). Denounced by FO, the CGT and the CGC, it came into force on January 1, 2001. [more]

21-06-1991 After a union campaign sexual harassment at work becomes an offence, punishable by imprisonment. [more]

23-06-1848 Out of 120,000 workers made redundant by the National Workshops, 20,000 take to the streets. They form up to 400 barricades. [more]

23-06-1848 4 days of deadly fighting begin in the working-class districts of Paris. Rifles, bayonets, cannons, incendiary bombs ... 11,662 arrests, up to 10,000 dead. The workers' movement is beheaded. The 3rd Republic was born. [more]

26-06-1910 Tens of thousands of people escort the body of cabinet maker Henri Cler, killed by a police officer during a strike, from Fbg St-Antoine to the Pantin cemetery. On the way back cavalry charge with sabres, wounding 100’s. [more]

29-06-1894 Establishment of a pension system and health insurance funds for miners. [more]