A leader of a new union at Samsung in South Korea named Yeom Ho-seok took his own life to protest the vicious anti-union policies of the company.
The big event was held in the capital city of Lefkosia (Nicosia) and attracted a massive turnout from the populace, especially labor.
"The horrific news coming from the coal mine near Soma is a punch in the gut for every coal miner everywhere in the world."
Twitter carried pictures of protesting Asian workers and news reports said the Obama-Abe bargaining in Japan would probably not result in approval of the trade pact.
He was arrested in June 2011 and sentenced to 11 years in prison on charges widely levelled against trade unionists.
Obando is a sociologist and documentary filmmaker. A week before her arrest, she issued a report documenting the murders of 1500 FENSUAGRO union members. FENSUAGRO is Colombia's largest agricultural workers' union.
Transport grinds to a halt and schools close as thousands march through Athens in protest.
Paraguayan labor federations and small farmer organizations launched a general strike on March 26. Some 90 percent of workers in Asuncion honored the strike.
20 years after the North American Free Trade Agreement came into force, farmers and workers in Mexico, the U.S., and Canada suffer from corporate profiteering.
Progress on enacting a new trade union law in Iraq is still stalled.