Government pensions and social security

A man pulls his luggage at the Gare de l'Est train station Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2019 in Paris. Only about a fifth of French trains ran normally Tuesday, frustrating tourists finding empty train stations, and most Paris subways were at a halt. French airport workers, teachers and others joined nationwide strikes Tuesday as unions cranked up pressure on the government to scrap changes to the national retirement system. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)
December 10, 2019 - 5:02 am
PARIS (AP) — French airport employees, teachers and other workers joined nationwide strikes Tuesday as unions cranked up pressure on the government to scrap upcoming changes to the country's national retirement system. As the strike entered a sixth straight day, commuters and tourists in Paris used...
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Trade union demonstrators protest in Anglet southwestern France, Saturday Dec. 7, 2019. Strikes disrupted weekend travel around France on Saturday as truckers blocked highways and most trains remained at a standstill because of worker anger at President Emmanuel Macron's policies. (AP Photo/Bob Edme)
December 07, 2019 - 8:30 am
PARIS (AP) — Paris police skirmished Saturday with yellow vest activists joining a wave of protest actions against the government's overhaul of France's national retirement system, as highway blockades and train stoppages disrupted weekend travel around the country. A few thousand yellow vest...
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Railway employees, with red jackets, give informations to travellers at the Gare de Lyon train station, Friday, Dec. 6, 2019 in Paris. Frustrated travelers are meeting transportation chaos around France for a second day, as unions dig in for what they hope is a protracted strike against government plans to redesign the national retirement system. (AP Photo/Rafael Yaghobzadeh)
December 06, 2019 - 10:31 am
PARIS (AP) — Frustrated travelers ran into transportation mayhem across France for a second day on Friday, as unions dug in for what they hope is a protracted strike against President Emmanuel Macron's plans to redesign the national retirement system. Most trains were shut down - including Paris...
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FILE - In this Nov.26, 2019 file photo, French President Emmanuel Macron attends the ceremony marking the 80th anniversary of the French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS) in Paris. Massive strikes against a planned overhaul of the pension system are sending a powerful warning to French President Emmanuel Macron. Half-way through his term, the 41-year-old pro-business centrist is yet determined to push it through and keep remodeling the French economy. (Benoit Tessier/Pool Photo via AP, File)
December 06, 2019 - 5:29 am
PARIS (AP) — Massive strikes against a planned overhaul of the pension system are sending a powerful warning to French President Emmanuel Macron. Half-way through his term, the 41-year-old centrist is still determined to push through the reform and keep remodeling the French economy. Macron is...
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In this photo taken Saturday Nov. 30, 2019, Gilles Pierre, left, a metro driver for the Paris public transport company RATP, and Vincent Le Faucheur, 23, a train traffic controller for the national railway company SNCF pose at the Gare de Lyon train station in Paris. France is getting ready for massive, nationwide transport strikes Thursday, disrupting trains, buses and airlines, protesting against government plans to overhaul the state pension system. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)
December 04, 2019 - 8:25 am
PARIS (AP) — Amid the crowds demonstrating in Paris against a planned overhaul of the pension system, a nephew and his uncle will be marching side by side on the front row, a symbol of how anger at the changes is spanning generations. Vincent Le Faucheur, 23, and Gilles Pierre, 41, both work for...
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FILE - In this Tuesday, April 3, 2018 file photo a passenger crosses railroad tracks at rush hour at Gare de Lyon train station, in Paris. France's rail operator SNCF and the Paris Metro say nationwide strikes will wipe out most services Thursday, impacting millions. The SNCF expects that 9 out of 10 high-speed trains won't run and that half of the Eurostar services linking France and Britain will be canceled, too. (AP Photo/Francois Mori, File)
December 04, 2019 - 5:28 am
PARIS (AP) — France is getting ready for massive, nationwide transport strikes against government plans to overhaul the state pension system. The strike will disrupt train, buses and airline services. In Paris, where workers’ unions are planning a march on Thursday, police warned Wednesday of...
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November 06, 2019 - 11:27 am
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is co-sponsoring a bill with West Virginia's two U.S. senators and others aimed at preserving the pensions of about 92,000 retired coal miners, as well as the health-care benefits of another 13,000 working miners. Democrat Joe Manchin...
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A mask demonstrator poses for a picture during an anti-government protest in Santiago, Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2019. Chileans have been taking to the streets and clashing with the police to demand better social services and an end to economic inequality, even as the government announced that weeks of demonstrations are hurting the country's economic growth. (AP Photo/Esteban Felix)
November 05, 2019 - 7:17 pm
SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — Protests that have gripped Chile for nearly three weeks to demand better salaries and pensions, and a more equal distribution of the wealth, shrunk in size on Tuesday. Chileans calling for better social services poured into downtown Santiago again, a day after violent clashes...
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German Chancellor Angela Merkel, right, and Vice Chancellor and Finance Minister Olaf Scholz, left, arrive for the weekly cabinet meeting at the chancellery in Berlin, Germany, Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2019. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)
November 04, 2019 - 1:46 am
BERLIN (AP) — Germany's governing coalition has delayed a decision on a pension reform that has become a central ideological battleground, adding to questions over how long the government will last. Chancellor Angela Merkel's center-right Union bloc leads a bad-tempered coalition with the center-...
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Nurse technician Alejandra Reyes, center, protests against Chile's President Sebastian Pinera’s government during march in Santiago, Chile, Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2019. “I have protested all of my life, since we started working in hospitals. Hospitals always get the crumbs.” Reyes said. (AP Photo/Esteban Felix)
October 29, 2019 - 10:07 pm
SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — Once the fuse was lit, the anger couldn't be contained. The spark that ignited protests in Chile was a rise in subway fares, but 12 days later the government has failed to contain the unrest and analysts agree the Chilean upheaval is about far more than a fare hike. Some...
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