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World’s Key Workers Threaten to Hit Economy Where It Will Hurt

July 24, 2022, 6:00 AM

The pandemic has put unprecedented strain on global supply chains -– and also on the workers who’ve kept those systems running under tough conditions. It looks like many of them have had enough.

A surge in strikes and other labor protests is threatening industries all over the world, and especially the ones that involve moving goods, people and energy around. From railway and port workers in the US to natural-gas fields in Australia and truck drivers in Peru, employees are demanding a better deal as inflation eats into their wages.

Truckers protest at the Port of Oakland in California, US, on July 18.
Photographer: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg

Precisely because their work is so crucial to the ...