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Germany coal mining - Arnoldius/Wikimedia Commons

JANUARY 19, 2020

National and regional governments in Germany have sealed the deal on a €40-billion (US$45-billion) plan to phase out coal by 2038 and fund a realistic transition for workers and communities that still depend on the industry.

Richard Greeman
French General Strike Jan. 2020
January 13, 2020
Justine Coleman


Approximately 2,300 Google cafeteria workers who serve meals to employees in the San Francisco Bay area have unionized, claiming they are overworked and underpaid, Vox Recode reported Tuesday.

Ryan Pollock
Construction workers are seen as they work with steel rebar during the construction of a building on May 17, 2019 in Miami, Florida. Joe Raedle / Getty


Editor: This article is about how to get building trade unions in California and Texas to back a resolution supporting a Green New Deal or similar policy package.  Be sure to check out other articles linked within to read about what other strategies union organizers have pursued to this end. This will be of interest for how such tactics or strategies could be adapted in Canada.

Eoin Higgins
A procession of demonstrators marched in front of the statue of the Republic with trade union flags and banners calling for struggle on December 19, 2019, the fifteenth day of a national strike. (Photo: Samuel Boivin/NurPhoto/Getty Images)

The French president's approach has generated a resistance movement with protesters blockading streets and engaging in a general strike. 

December 23, 2019

French President Emmanuel Macron on Monday attempted to quell protests over his scheme to curtail the scope of France's pension system by announcing he would forego his own presidential pension—but the demonstrations, which shut down the country for the week leading up to Christmas, were nonetheless expected to continue through the holiday.

Léon Crémieux
Demonstration against the French government’s pensions counter-reform plans in Marseille, France, December 10, 2019. The slogan reads “work, shop and shut up,” referring to the government’s attitude toward workers. REUTERS/Jean-Paul Pelissier

December 10, 2019

France has once again entered a phase of large-scale social confrontation.


Economy and Energy

This election is about the crisis of living standards and the climate and environmental emergency. Whether we are ready or not, we stand on the brink of unstoppable change.

Alex May
Extinction Rebellion - Bee Bus

Earlier this week, Extinction Rebellion (XR) activists protested against the Labour party by blocking the party’s battle bus. This latest action follows the protests – including hunger strikes – which have been taking place at Labour’s headquarters.


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