The challenge thrown to President Macron over his plans for radical pension reform has seen hundreds of thousands take to the streets and key transport services brought to a standstill.
Finnish airport workers’ union joined a solidarity strike on behalf of some 9,000 employees of the publicly owned postal service Posti that have been on a two-week strike against pay cuts.
Authorities said about 350 people have been detained for blocking traffic, interrupting public services or attacking police as protests continue over a hike in fuel prices.
British Airways and its 4,300 pilots have been locked in a nine-month pay dispute that could disrupt or alter the travel plans of nearly 300,000 people.
Ryanair, which averted widespread strikes before Christmas by agreeing to recognise unions for the first time in its 30-year history, has been unable to quell rising protests since over slow progress in negotiating collective labour agreements.
Truckers angry over rising diesel prices began the strike on Monday and continued it on Friday despite an announced deal between the government and transportation unions late Thursday.
France's far-left CGT labour union sought to broaden resistance to hard-hitting economic reforms, urging employees across the public sector to join striking railway workers.
Trains, flights, schools disrupted by nationwide strike of public sector workers angry at President Macron's reforms, including plans to shake up the state-owned and highly indebted SNCF rail company.
Greek protesters in Athens clashed with police who fired tear gas during a strike against voting for further creditor-demanded measures which included family benefits, union strikes and property foreclosures.
Protesters shut down roads, causing huge tailbacks into Barcelona in a partial regional strike by pro-independence parties and labour unions.
Organisers behind the Women's March are advocating for a Day Without a Woman on March 8. They are encouraging women to go on a day's strike so their absence drives home their impact on the labour force and the business community.
Several patients have died as a result of the public sector doctors' strike that began in December 2016 to demand higher wages.
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