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Labour news from Europe


Albania

Albania's broken men fear prison horrors will be forgotten 2016-06-19 [Albany Times Union]
Union saves 300 mining jobs 2016-03-02 [IndustriALL Global Union]
Workers fired from public jobs end hunger strike 2014-06-05 [The Times-Union]


Andorra


Armenia

Unions gather for a regional meeting in Armenia 2017-10-05 [IndustriALL]
Unionists underpin role of education in teaching human rights and values 2017-04-08 [Education International ]
Defending Armenia’s Workers – Is Class Struggle on the Agenda? 2016-09-11 [hetq]


Austria

NS Camp Graz-Liebenau: Stopp concreting over the NS camp and its victims! 2017-10-20 [Actice Unemployed]
Court Hearing 31st May 2017: EStAG continues harassing Suit against NGO Press Photographer 2017-05-30 [Media Austria]
Freedom of the Press: Energy Styria Tries to Intimidate and Criminalize NGO-Press Photographer 2017-05-08 [Media Austria]


Azerbaijan

RFE/RL Takes Azerbaijani Case To ECHR 2017-09-19 [RFE]
IFJ/EFJ welcome release of Mehman Aliyev and Alexander Lapshin 2017-09-13 [IFJ]
Journalism Watchdog Calls For Release Of Azerbaijani Reporter 2017-08-30 [RFE/RL]


Belarus

Released union leader Ihar Komlik: Now I Am Going To Work With Triple Energy 2017-10-05 [Charter 97]
Trade union leader freed 2017-10-05 [IndustriALL]
Trade Union Bookkeeper Released, Charged With Tax Evasion 2017-10-05 [RFE/RL]


Belgium

Public sector workers in the French-speaking region of Belgium have gone on a 24-hour strike 2017-10-11 [Euronews]
Public transport strike in Brussels gets underway 2017-10-10 [The Travel Mole]
Ternium CEO not yet fit for Steelie award 2017-10-10 [IndustriALL]


Bosnia


Bulgaria

TV journalist threatened by politicians 2017-10-12 [IFJ]
Deputy PM threatened TV journalist Viktor Nikolaev 2017-10-12 [EFJ]
Workers protest wage theft outside Parliament 2017-09-07 [libcom.org]


Croatia

Physical attack against journalist Drago Miljuš 2017-10-17 [IFJ]
Wages in Croatia lower than China 2017-10-16 [TCN]
Workers amongst worst paid in EU 2017-09-27 [TCN]


Cyprus

Unions call off threatened strike 2017-10-21 [The Mail]
Unions to decide on strike action on Tuesday 2017-10-08 [The Mail]
Healthcare workers strike over security concerns 2017-09-28 [The Mail]


Czech Republic

Main Czech trade union calls for bigger pay hikes as economy soars 2017-09-24 [Canadian Labour Reporter]
Employers angered by unions demand for 10 percent wage hike in private sector 2017-09-16 [Radio Praha]
State workers threaten strike over wages as vote nears 2017-09-07 [Reuters]


Denmark

Brexit Limbo for EU Workers Has Denmark Inc. Saying ‘Come Here!’ 2017-10-16 [Bloomberg]
'Blame for tragic case should not be individualised': nursess union joins Denmark doctors' campaign 2017-10-16 [The Local]
To Protect Workers, Tax Laws, Gvt Integrates Sharing Economy Into Legal System 2017-10-11 [Bloomberg]


Estonia

EFJ urges Estonia to reconsider denied accreditation to Russian journalists 2017-09-06 [EFJ]
Unions inform Baltic colleagues of issues with Lumino 2017-09-04 [err]
Health care workers planning to start political strike May 15 2017-04-13 [The Times]


Faroe Islands


Finland

Electrical workers plan one-week strike 2017-10-19 [Reuters]
Forest industry offer paper workers zero pay rise 2017-10-12 [Trade Union News from Finland]
Pay rises and well-being at work on JHL list of goals for collective bargaining 2017-10-09 [JHL]


France

Thousands of Workers in Paris Protest Macron Labor Reforms 2017-10-20 [TeleSUR]
What to do with nuclear waste? The question dividing France 2017-10-17 [equal times]
Macron is doing to French unions want Thatcher did to UK unions 2017-10-16 [iNews]


Georgia

Constitutional court rules labour inspections must be public 2017-10-18 [open caucasus media]
Georgian workers beaten by security guard 2017-10-13 [IndustriALL]
Finding job ‘1.5 times easier’ for men than women in Georgia 2017-10-10 [OC Media]


Germany

Workers at Deutsche Bank's Postbank may strike in wage row - union 2017-10-23 [Reuters]
Haribo Gummy Bear Ingredients Made by Modern Slaves 2017-10-22 [freedomunited]
Tesla Caves to German Workers’ Salary Demands 2017-10-20 [The Detroit Bureau]


Gibraltar

GSD expresses concern at works on Europa Foreshore 2017-08-30 [Gibraltar Chronicle]
GHA walkout averted amid bitter political exchanges 2017-04-22 [The Chronicle]
Unite Gibraltar seeks to build international links 2015-08-24 [The Chronicle]


Greece

No ISAP electric railway from noon to 3 p.m. 2017-10-10 [Kathimerini]
Unions worldwide support journalists on strike to save social security and welfare funds 2017-10-06 [IFJ]
Workers at Canadian mining company protest in Athens 2017-09-22 [Associated Press]


Hungary

Auchan to raise wages in Hungary 2017-10-17 [Budapest Business Journal]
Journalists harassed for their reports on Hungary’s anti-Soros campaign 2017-10-10 [EFJ]
How Europe stole my cheese makers: Hungarian businessman wants skilled workers to come home 2017-10-08 [The Telegraph]


Iceland

Iceland is bridging the gender pay gap, but can South Africa do the same 2017-10-10 [Business Report]
Equal pay for men and women? Iceland wants employers to prove it 2017-04-03 [Fairfax Media]
In world first, Iceland to require firms to prove equal pay 2017-03-10 [ABC]


Ireland

Depleted Defence Forces need expertise 2017-10-23 [Irish Examiner]
Prison officer ‘may lose home’ due to loss of income after making claims of malpractice 2017-10-23 [Irish Examiner]
€20k for man with epilepsy due to discrimination 2017-10-23 [Irish Examiner]


Italy

ETUC supports Italian unions on Ius soli & Ius culturae 2017-10-19 [ETUC]
Workers at troubled Italian steel plant strike over huge job cuts 2017-10-10 [The Local]
Steelworkers strike over planned job losses after ArcelorMittal takeover 2017-10-10 [The Business Standard]


Latvia

GPs to go on strike over pay issues 2017-06-13 [Xinhua]
Trade union slams government for plan to invite foreign doctors to work in Latvia 2017-05-30 [The Baltic Course]
Green wins keep Baltic populism in check – but for how long? 2017-01-18 [Equal Times]


Liechtenstein


Lithuania

Baltic pig farmers devastated by swine virus 2016-09-22 [Equal Times]
BWI shows solidarity with the Anti-New-Labour-Code Protesters in Vilnius 2016-07-09 [BWI Global Union]
PM claims education workers' strikes influenced by Russia 2016-02-27 [Baltic Times]


Luxembourg

Health sector workers to vote on strike 2017-06-08 [Delano]
Luxembourg appeals verdict in LuxLeaks scandal 2016-08-09 [EFJ]
Luxembourg pension fund bans Israel investment 2014-02-25 [i24news Israel]


Macedonia

Two journalists injured during storming of the Parliament 2017-05-05 [EFJ]
It is hight time to stop violence against journalists 2017-04-28 [EFJ]
At least 19 new attacks against journalists since 2016 2017-03-29 [European Federation of Journalists]


Malta

International press freedom groups condemn killing of investigative journalist 2017-10-20 [EFJ]
IFJ and EFJ condemn murder of Maltese journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia 2017-10-18 [IFJ]
Daphne Caruana Galizia: Car bomb kills Maltese journalist who exposed Panama Papers link 2017-10-17 [ABC]


Moldova

Moldovan miners demand restoration of early retirement 2017-03-14 [IndustriALL]
Being twenty-something in Transnistria 2017-01-05 [Equal Times]
Moldova: a country being emptied of its inhabitants 2016-12-06 [Equal Times]


Monaco


Netherlands

Schools closed as Dutch teachers go on massive strike 2017-10-05 [The Daily Sabah]
Rail workers striking in Arnhem 2017-06-23 [NL Times]
Train delays caused by rail workers strike at Den Haag, Zwolle 2017-06-19 [The Times]


Norway

Victory as NNN strike ends with recognition and CBA at Norwegian fish processor Norse Production 2017-10-17 [IUF]
TBU at 50: Wage formation – the Norwegian model’s unique attribute 2017-10-16 [Nordic Labour Journal]
Men's national team takes wage cut so players paid same as women's side 2017-10-16 [The Independent]


Poland

Labour ministers from Poland and France debate EU posted workers 2017-09-27 [New Europe]
The battle for Poland’s Bialowieza Forest gathers pace, despite government intransigence 2017-09-05 [Equal Times]
Warsaw refuses to budge on EU cheap labour rule: PM 2017-08-25 [AFP]


Portugal

VW unions 'optimistic' meeting with bosses can resolve shifts dispute 2017-09-07 [The News]
Autoeuropa car plant workers strike for first time 2017-09-01 [The News]
Workers strike at VW plant 2017-08-31 [The Digital Journal]


Romania

Analysis. Firms struggle to find workers on tight labor market in Romania 2017-10-17 [Business Review]
The Brain Drain - most striking in Romania 2017-10-13 [NPR]
Protest in Romania over social security hikes 2017-10-11 [AFP]


Russia

RT Editor Says U.S. Staff Quitting in 'Masses' Over Security Fears 2017-10-08 [Moscow Times]
Prominent journalist Yulia Latynina flees Russia after attacks 2017-09-13 [IFJ]
Labour unions welcome court ruling in favour of Aeroflot flight attendants 2017-09-08 [KTR]


San Marino


Serbia

Teachers Demand Higher Salaries, Less Central Control 2017-09-30 [RFE/RL]
Weekly ‘Vranjske novine’ closed following administrative harassment 2017-09-25 [EFJ]
Journalists from Magločistač web portal receive death threats 2017-09-25 [EFJ]


Slovakia

Trade union warns about the retirement age rising above 68 years 2017-10-17 [Slovak Spectator]
Volkswagen Slovakia workers win wage hike, end strike 2017-06-26 [AFP]
Volkswagen's Slovak union says close to wage deal to end strike 2017-06-25 [Reuters]


Slovenia

Firefighters staging rally, demanding higher pay 2017-10-05 [The Star]
Arriva bus drivers go on strike 2017-09-05 [STA]
Lowest-paid public sector staff seek pay rise, threaten strike 2017-06-21 [STA]


Spain

Can immigrants and refugees stop the desertion of rural Spain? 2017-10-23 [equal times]
Unions urge freedom of information amid allegations of manipulation 2017-10-10 [IFJ]
Unions urge freedom of information amid allegations of manipulation 2017-10-10 [IFJ]


Sweden

Agreement on what constitutes minimum rates of pay for construction workers in Sweden 2017-10-16 [Nordic Labour Journal]
IUF signs agreement on rights in the supply chain with Sweden's government-owned retail alcohol monopoly 2017-09-07 [IUF]
Labor dispute puts Gothenburg port traffic in freefall 2017-08-26 [JOC]


Switzerland

Union victory for operating theatre nursing assistants 2017-10-20 [PSI]
Merchants of death, arbiters of peace: campaigners challenge the Swiss arms paradox 2017-10-03 [Equal Times]
Worsening working conditions in the Swiss health sector 2017-09-29 [PSI]


Turkey

Safety protocol with 16 points for journalists covering conflict zones 2017-10-14 [IFJ]
International boycott hits labor meeting in Istanbul 2017-10-12 [Al-Monitor]
'They'll Take Us Into Custody': Turkish Teachers In Kazakhstan Fear Going Home 2017-10-10 [RFE/RL]


Ukraine

New wave of protests against unpaid wages 2017-10-12 [IndustriALL]
KVPU applied to the international organizations on the draft Labor code of Ukraine 2017-10-11 [KVPU]
Miners of two state enterprises are protesting the non-payment of salaries 2017-10-09 [http://kvpu.org.ua]


UK

TUC calls for action to bridge the great regional divide 2017-10-23 [TUC]
England Manchester City Council Commits to Ethical Care 2017-10-23 [UNISON]
31 October: organise your pay day protest 2017-10-23 [PCS]


Vatican City

Pope Francis: Saint Joseph and the dignity of labour 2017-05-02 [radiovaticana]
Pope says closing firms without protecting workers ‘very grave sin’ 2017-03-16 [religionnews]
Pope: ‘Laying off workers for unclear motives is grave sin’ 2017-03-16 [Vatican Radio]
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