Entries in Strikes (2)


Colombian Coffee Growers Go On Strike

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(MEDELLIN, Colombia) -- While you brew your morning cup of coffee, trouble is brewing in Colombia among the country’s coffee growers.

In response to falling international prices and the lowest crop in decades, thousands of coffee growers went on strike and protested in the streets, demanding higher subsidies.

Coffee is the second most valuable traded commodity in the world after petroleum, and Colombia is the fourth largest producer. The crop is one of the nation’s biggest exports.

Protesters blocked streets and came into conflict with police in several cities and towns, who would not allow the roadblocks.

But President Juan Manuel Santos says his government already pays growers subsidies of 60,000 pesos equivalent to 33 dollars for every 275 pounds of coffee.

"The strike is not only inconvenient and unnecessary but also unjust," he said in a speech broadcast on radio and TV.

Santos has said he will consider extending the benefit created last July.

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Major Strikes Across Britain Could Lead to Travel Chaos

Medioimages/Photodisc(LONDON) -- There won’t be any Athens-style rioting in the streets of London Thursday, but a different kind of chaos is expected to reign across most of Great Britain as public service workers plan to go on strike to protest changes to state pension plans.
The strikes could mean long delays to Americans flying into the UK, as Border Agency staff will be joining up to 750,000 striking public sector workers for the 24-hour strike. Border Agency officials are advising passengers to travel on an “alternative day."
Thousands of schools, state employment agencies, tax offices and courts are also expected to be closed or badly disrupted, and many parents will be forced to take the day off work in order to look after their children.
Across England and Wales, about 85 percent of schools will be affected.

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