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Labour news from Europe


Albania

Government must retract proposed laws on online media 2019-01-21 [IFJ]
Request to drop initiative on amendment of media laws 2018-12-27 [EFJ]
4 media organizations ask Albania to drop online media laws 2018-12-27 [News 1130]


Andorra

Principality witnesses first strike since 1933 2018-03-16 [The Digital Journal]


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

Protestors rally to save Austria’s social insurance system 2018-12-18 [UNI Global Union]
Rail strike disrupts 100,000 passengers 2018-11-27 [Canadian Labour Reporter]
Strike forces 2-hour halt to train services 2018-11-27 [680 News]


Azerbaijan

Country violated the rights of investigative journalist Khadija Ismayilova 2019-01-12 [EFJ]
Representatives of KazTransOil fly to Batumi to negotiate with workers on strike 2018-04-04 [MENAFN]
RFE/RL Takes Azerbaijani Case To ECHR 2017-09-19 [RFE]


Belarus

Precedent set as Belarusian authorities register local union 2019-01-23 [IndustriALL]
Trade union case raised with the EU 2019-01-19 [IndustriALL]
Electronics union is no stranger to struggle 2019-01-19 [IndustriALL]


Belgium

Proximus unions announce strike next Tuesday: call centres and phone shops affected 2019-01-12 [The Brussels Times]
Workshop 26/02 in Brussels – Advancing Gender Equal Media: Challenges, Strategies and DIY Culture 2019-01-11 [EFJ]
Event: Advancing Gender Equal Media 2019-01-10 [EFJ]


Bosnia


Bulgaria

Miners protest to demand job security 2018-11-30 [News 1130]
Bulgarian unions get organizing boost 2018-11-20 [IndustriALL]
Journalist Victoria Marinova brutally murdered 2018-10-09 [IFJ]


Croatia

We call on HRT to withdraw claims targeting journalists’ representatives 2019-01-23 [EFJ]
Fire at Croatia hydro-plant kills 1 worker, 2 still missing 2019-01-11 [The News]
Shipyard strike put on hold 2018-12-19 [The Shipping News]


Cyprus

Limassol dockers to stage 24-hour strike over forced arbitration 2019-01-15 [The Mirror]
Strike to go ahead at Limassol port on Wednesday 2019-01-14 [Cyprus Mail]
Port workers threaten strike 2019-01-11 [Cyprus Mail]


Czech Republic

Mine explosion kills at least 1, leaves 10 missing 2018-12-21 [97.3]
IndustriALL mourns for 13 miners killed in Czech Republic 2018-12-21 [IndustriALL]
Finance workers reach new sectoral bargaining agreement, end strike alert 2018-10-26 [UNI Global Union]


Denmark

3F organizes for a collective agreement for Tivoli Gardens fast food workers 2019-01-05 [IUF]
Public broadcaster DR to cut 400 jobs 2018-09-21 [EFJ]
3F reaches groundbreaking collective agreement with platform company Hilfr 2018-09-21 [UNI Global Union]


Estonia

Trade union dispute with state-owned ferry company may end up in court 2018-10-27 [ERR]
Grappling With Wage Pressures 2018-05-27 [The Financial Tribune]
EFJ meets Estonian MEPs to discuss Baltic fact-finding mission 2018-05-16 [EFJ]


Faroe Islands


Finland

Union issued a hate campaigns advice kit for journalists 2019-01-15 [EFJ]
Gender equality increasingly the norm on Finnish Union Boards 2019-01-07 [Trade Union News from Finland]
Modest pay hike for daycare teachers in capital region 2019-01-04 [YLE]


France

Prostitutes launch court bid to fight law barring their clients from buying sex 2019-01-23 [The Daily Mail]
How Trans Sex Workers in Paris Are Coming Together to Stay Safe 2019-01-12 [VICE]
Strike at French 1.2 GW Cordemais coal plant extended 2019-01-02 [Platt's]


Georgia

Chemical workers at Rustavi Azot in Georgia win case at Tbilisi Court of Appeals 2018-11-28 [Agenda.ge]
Open office in Chiatura city 2018-11-05 [GTUC]
Women’s Committee Meeting in Tsageri 2018-11-05 [GTUC]


Germany

Union puts airport security strikes on hold for now 2019-01-18 [News 1130]
Journalist attacked by an extreme right group 2019-01-16 [IFJ]
EFJ condemns attacks against journalists 2019-01-15 [EFJ]


Gibraltar

Controversy ahead of union demo today 2019-01-16 [The Chronicle]
Unite’s wish list for 2019 2018-12-29 [The Chronicle]
Unite calls for action on use of agency workers 2018-12-28 [The Chronicle]


Greece

Greek postal workers call one-day strike over cost-cutting plans 2019-01-22 [ekathimerini]
Serious flu cases rise amid shortage of intensive care beds 2019-01-18 [Kathimerini]
Public sector union holds 24-hour strike on Thursday 2019-01-16 [Kathimerini]


Hungary

Orban Weathers Labor Protests in Hungary With Turnout Dwindling 2019-01-21 [Bloomberg]
Critics of Orban and new ‘slave law’ rally across Hungary 2019-01-21 [The Irish Times]
Hungary Unions Hold Nationwide Anti-Orban Rallies on ‘Slave Law’ 2019-01-20 [Bloomberg]


Iceland

Union organises meeting in English for freelancers and contractors in Iceland 2018-11-10 [The Monitor]
If Iceland is one of the best places in the world to be a woman, why are thousands of women going on strike today? 2018-10-24 [Equal Times]
Ready for a Fight: Unions Prepare for Tough Wage Negotiations 2018-08-28 [Grapevine]


Ireland

Talks at WRC aimed at averting nurses' strike 2019-01-23 [RTÉ]
Subjects hit by recruitment issues at schools - TUI 2019-01-23 [RTÉ]
Threat to 700 Limerick jobs lifted 2019-01-23 [irishexaminer.com]


Italy

Journalists assaulted by neo-fascists in Rome 2019-01-09 [EFJ]
Naples labor strikers impede base traffic, want jobs now held by spouses 2018-11-24 [The Star and Stripes]
About 135,000 Italian Medical Workers Go on Strike to Call for Labor Reforms 2018-11-23 [Sputnik]


Latvia

Builders Union celebrate achievements at their Congress 2018-05-29 [BWU]
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]


Liechtenstein


Lithuania

Joint letter to Lithuanian PM: demand to guarantee the full independence of LRT 2019-01-11 [EFJ]
EFJ urges Parliament to guarantee LRT independence 2019-01-05 [EFJ]
New legislation threatens independence of public service media 2018-10-23 [UNI Global Union]


Luxembourg

Health sector workers to vote on strike 2017-06-08 [Delano]
Luxembourg appeals verdict in LuxLeaks scandal 2016-08-09 [EFJ]


Macedonia

First agreement at “Jasen” Enterprise for managing and protection of multipurpose forest area 2018-12-18 [BWI]
Interview with Ivana Dimitrova and Blaguna Stojkoska of the Construction Workers’ Union in Macedonia (SGIP) 2018-09-21 [BWI]
Election Commission authorised to fine media for ‘Unbalanced Reporting’ 2018-08-16 [EFJ]


Malta

In social media-savvy Malta, artisans are opting for a more traditional approach to sal 2019-01-14 [Equal Times]
Are Maltese workers ready for a time of change 2019-01-08 [Voice of the Workers]
Former Transport Malta CEO signed ‘discriminatory’ collective agreement despite ministry’s no-go 2018-12-26 [Today]


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

Photojournalists on strike to demand decent rates 2019-01-14 [IFJ]
Photojournalists on strike for a payrise to counter inflation, falling tariffs and ignored authors’ rights 2019-01-10 [EFJ]
Renault union calls for more transparency over Dutch holding 2018-12-28 [Reuters]


Norway

NSU secures jobs for 700 Norwegian seafarers as government rules against flagging out Color Line vessels 2018-11-23 [ITF]
Nurses Organization Forced to Call Off Strike 2018-11-23 [PSI]
Two big unions merge 2018-11-21 [The News]


Poland

Solidarity rejects climate science consensus 2018-12-06 [Climate Home News]
On their patron saint’s day, Polish miners pray for a decent future 2018-12-05 [Climate Home News]
Ryanair sidesteps unions with ultra-low-cost unit 2018-12-05 [The Irish Times]


Portugal

Thousands to continue protesting and striking into the new year 2019-01-15 [The Journal]
Dockworkers about to launch new six-month strike 2019-01-04 [Fresh Plaza]
Around 90 pct of Registry and Notary Services employees go on strike 2018-12-27 [Business]


Romania

Romanian railway workers ask for higher wages 2019-01-21 [romania-insider]
UNI welcomes historic CBA for country's financial sector 2018-12-18 [UNI Global Union]
Subway workers to stage strike in Romanian capital 2018-11-20 [Canada.com]


Russia

Russian unions join forces to negotiate collective agreement at Volkswagen 2019-01-18 [IndustriALL]
N. Korean Migrants in Vladivostok Forced to Repatriate... 2018-12-18 [RFA]
Trade Union Of Ford Sollers Plant In Russia's Leningrad Region Ends Strike 2018-11-30 [Urdu Point]


San Marino


Serbia

Journalist Milan Jovanović attacked with Molotov cocktail 2018-12-14 [EFJ]
Workers’ deaths, illegal demolitions and accusations of corruption mar the glitzy façade of the Belgrade Waterfront project 2018-11-16 [Equal Times]
Trade union, workers curious about Fiat's future 2018-09-05 [B92]


Slovakia

IFJ and EFJ support journalists’ call for action in Ján Kuciak murder investigation 2018-08-23 [IFJ]
Investigative reporter Pavla Holcova’s phone seized after eight-hour interrogation related to Jan Kuciak’s murder 2018-05-16 [EFJ]
Trade unionists at PSA Peugeot announce strike alert 2018-05-11 [The Spectator]


Slovenia

Police and govt initial pay deal 2018-12-25 [STA]
Employers urged to raise pay, engage in talks on new bargaining agreements 2018-12-06 [STA]
Govt and public sector unions sign wage increase deal 2018-12-04 [STA]


Spain

Vodafone Spain workers call first strike over redundancy plan 2019-01-22 [telecompaper]
Espagne: une grève illimitée des taxis contre les VTC paralyse Barcelone 2019-01-22 [RFI]
Landmark agreement reached in Spanish postal service as workers see wages and benefits increase 2019-01-19 [UNI]


Sweden

Strike action brings ports across Sweden to a standstill 2019-01-23 [The Local]
Strike of Some 1,000 Workers Paralyzes Ports 2019-01-23 [Sputnik]
Freelance fees recommendation will be increased in 2019 2018-11-28 [IFJ]


Switzerland

Switzerland has second-most part-time workers in Europe 2019-01-18 [SwissInfo]
More Swiss employees working on holidays 2018-12-23 [Info]
Unions say no to McDonald’s-Uber Eats partnership 2018-12-15 [McJobs]


Turkey

Workers at Turkish Saint-Gobain subsidiary strike for a fair contract 2019-01-19 [IndustriALL]
Turkey deports Dutch journalist without explanation 2019-01-18 [EFJ]
Journalist Pelin Ünker sentenced to jail for writing on 'Paradise Papers' 2019-01-11 [EFJ]


Ukraine

Employees of SOE 'Selidovugillia' suspended their protest 2019-01-14 [KVPU]
Desperate mine workers resort to hunger strike 2019-01-12 [IndustriALL]
Donetsk region: Four female employees still on hunger strike against wage arrears 2019-01-09 [KVPU]


UK

Theresa May will try to find compromise with Unison, the TUC, Unite and the GMB 2019-01-24 [BBC]
Exclusive: Third of May's cabinet in Davos slammed 'tax-payer funded freebie to sip champagne with the global elite' 2019-01-23 [Talk Radio]
Spycops inquiry challenged over hiding officers’ identities 2019-01-23 [Morning Star]


Vatican City

Vatican Convenes with 300 Union Leaders to Discuss Threats to the World of Work 2018-01-12 [ITUC]
Our world needs a new Cardinal Manning, TUC leader says 2017-11-27 [The Tablet]
Workers need a ‘modern-day Cardinal Manning’, union leader says at the Vatican 2017-11-26 [Catholic Herald]
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