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'One of India’s most acrimonious workers’ struggles in recent memory continues to reverberate following a court judgment which found more than a dozen workers guilty of murder. On 18 March 2017, the Gurugram District and Sessions Court in the northern India state of Haryana sentenced 13 workers at the Maruti Suzuki India Limited plant in Manesar to life imprisonment for criminal conspiracy, destruction of evidence and murder for their alleged involvement in the deadly clashes that broke out at the car plant in July 2012.'
'Six days a week for nine long months, Turkish road transport workers picketed outside three UPS transfer centres in Istanbul and İzmir, demanding the right to organise their workplaces. As more union members were dismissed from their jobs, the picket lines grew, holding firm even when riot police aggressively tried to break them up.'
"The difference between a citizen and an activist is a line drawn in sand. Pierre-Alain Mannoni, a 45-year-old university professor from Nice, didn’t intend to become an activist – in fact, he still rejects the tag. But when a simple gesture of kindness towards three migrant women provoked the ire of the French authorities, he found no difference between his duties as a citizen and his role as an activist."
"When the men in medical overalls finished loading her 1,200 ducks to take them off for slaughter one windy afternoon in February, the owner of the premises moved a few steps away to hide her tears. Corinne Potier, an open-air duck breeder and producer of foie gras in the south-western French department of Landes, was watching months of work being taken away from her."
'This Saturday, 25 March, will mark the 60th anniversary of the signature of the Treaty of Rome which launched the process of European integration. This provides a unique opportunity to reflect on the future of Europe, and to deepen a debate which all too often has boiled down to whether we need more or less Europe.'
'Disruption is worsening as more drivers than expected refuse to cross picket lines. Merseyrail had hoped to run almost half its services, but "many" drivers took the decision not to work today. The company said it was running around 20% of services, far fewer than previously advertised. Trains were still running on most routes, every half an hour, but they were not stopping at every station.'