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What the U.S. Can Learn From Europe's All-Out Uberwar

European labor strikes may not win much for traditional taxi drivers—across the Atlantic or in the States.
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Labor protests are such a regular part of life in Europe that it's hard to know what to make of the widespread taxi strikes aimed at the ride-hailing service Uber today. Even as taxi drivers planned a protest in Paris, for example, French rail workers were conducting a strike over a railway-system reorganization. London railway station workers enjoyed a similar strike last month. Milan did these same Uber strikes last month.

In fact, while strikes against employers (economic strikes) have fallen dramatically in Europe since the 1980s, according to one study, general strikes over government policies have risen across the continent (even accounting for perma-striking Greece).