As French airport workers and Iranian lorry drivers strike, class struggle spreads in Africa
Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa
1 June 2018
French airport workers’ strike in Marseilles continues
May 26-27 was the third weekend this month when striking air traffic controllers grounded flights in and out of Marseilles airport. The long-running dispute began in January over staffing levels and working conditions. There have been three strike days in March, four in April, and seven in May.
Last week, BA, EasyJet, and Ryanair were among the airlines to cancel flights due to strikes within the public sector.
German newspaper journalists strike over pay
German newspaper journalists staged a national strike on May 28. Workers rejected management’s offer of 3 percent, demanding a 4.5 percent salary increase and a minimum €200 increase for young editors.
Two unions—the Deutscher Journalisten-Verband and Deutsche Journalisten Union—were involved in five rounds of negotiations with publishers. Another round will take place on June 4 in Berlin.
Lift workers on strike in Norway
Seventeen workers have been on strike for 10 days at the Spanish-owned Orona elevator company in Oslo, Norway. The strikers are opposing the use of subcontractors to drive down costs. Management say a collective agreement could result in the closure of its Norwegian operations.
While the Building and Wood Workers’ International union sent its “fraternal solidarity” to the strikers, neither it nor the strikers’ union, the Trade Union for Energy, Electrical Engineering, Telecommunications and IT, mobilised other sections of workers affected by outsourcing.
Portuguese dock workers impose two-week overtime ban
Portuguese dock workers at the port of Lisbon began an overtime ban…