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Labour news from Europe


Albania

Gunfire at the house of crime reporter’s parents 2018-09-01 [EFJ]
Albanian oil workers win unpaid wages after strike action 2018-01-04 [IndustriALL]
Oil workers stage protest for unpaid wages 2017-12-28 [Xinhua]


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

Thousands protest against plans for 12-hour workday 2018-07-01 [Deutsche Welle]
EFJ calls on government to protect public service media 2018-06-07 [EFJ]
Men and Reconciliation of Work and Family: Supporting the Path to Gender Equal Distribution of Parental Leave and Working Time 2018-04-18 [Forba]


Azerbaijan

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]
IFJ/EFJ welcome release of Mehman Aliyev and Alexander Lapshin 2017-09-13 [IFJ]


Belarus

Media censorship: 'It is time for the EU to react' 2018-09-20 [IFJ]
EU asked to come to defense of Belarus’ sentenced trade union leaders 2018-09-08 [Belsat]
Two Union Leaders Sentenced Despite Lack of Proof 2018-08-31 [ITUC]


Belgium

Union turns down Ryanair offer ahead of planned strike 2018-09-20 [The Irish Independent]
Union Rejects ‘Unacceptable’ Ryanair Proposal 2018-09-20 [The Independent]
Containership chaos at port of Antwerp after pilots stage a walkout 2018-09-20 [The Loadstar]


Bosnia


Bulgaria

Bulgarian labor unions want an 18% increase in teacher wages from the autumn 2018-05-14 [www.novinite.com]
May 1 Labor Day in Bulgaria Socialists demand government’s resignation 2018-05-01 [Sofia Globe conservative daily in English]
Various events and concerts throughout the country on Labor Day 2018-05-01 [novinite.com]


Croatia

Pilots Union: Dissatisfaction among Croatia Airlines employees continues 2018-09-11 [CAPA]
Uljanik Workers Start Receiving Salaries for July, Will End Strike 2018-08-31 [Total News]
Shipyard workers to end strike, future uncertain 2018-08-31 [NASDAQ]


Cyprus

Teachers’ strike under legal scrutiny 2018-09-16 [The Mail]
Cyta unions will take measures if privatisation back on the table 2018-09-15 [The Mail]
Ministry scrambles to ease school disruption 2018-09-14 [The Mail]


Czech Republic

Czech Rep luring more and more southern European workers 2018-07-04 [Radio Praha]
Workers Winning War on Low Wages in EU's Most Stable Economy 2018-05-29 [Bloomberg]
Workers win war on low wages in EU's most stable economy 2018-05-29 [The Times]


Denmark

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]
Union calls for authorities to pursue Uber, not just its drivers 2018-09-21 [ITF]


Estonia

Grappling With Wage Pressures 2018-05-27 [The Financial Tribune]
EFJ meets Estonian MEPs to discuss Baltic fact-finding mission 2018-05-16 [EFJ]
HKScan, trade union reach agreement on wage terms 2018-04-13 [ERR News]


Faroe Islands


Finland

Service union pledges election funds to turn out 'wage earner-hostile gov't' 2018-09-23 [YLE]
Overtime work ban declared by yet another union 2018-09-15 [YLE]
JHL considers measures to resist Government plan to ease individual dismissals 2018-09-13 [Trade Union News from Finland]


France

McDonald’s Workers Win Court Ruling Against Restaurant’s Sale 2018-09-08 [The Times]
French training system in media and culture under threat 2018-09-02 [UNI Global Union]
Country set for autumn strikes as unions step up protests 2018-08-31 [The Local]


Georgia

The Georgian Trade Unions Confederation (GTUC) supports Sharan Barrow in the ITUC General Secretary elections. 2018-09-11 [GTUC.GE]
DMT Group will examine the working conditions of Tkibuli mines 2018-09-11 [GTUC.GE]
Labor Safety- A Special Group Discusses the Changes to the Law 2018-07-23 [Georgia Today]


Germany

'Higher investment in teacher education is overdue' 2018-09-14 [Education International]
Strike plunges Ryanair into fresh turmoil 2018-09-12 [The Digital Journal]
Ryanair faces turbulences as strike actions hit 2018-09-12 [Deutsche Welle]


Gibraltar

Minute’s silence for Workers’ Memorial Day 2018-04-28 [The Chronicle]
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]


Greece

Two more people die waiting for ambulances, union says 2018-09-16 [Kathimerini]
Migrant camp workers strike to protest overcrowding 2018-09-08 [The Digital Journal]
Small number of unionists block operation of Piraeus container terminal 2018-09-08 [Kathimerini]


Hungary

Hir TV news channel taken over by the government 2018-08-08 [EFJ]
Two media outlets forced to close following Orbán’s electoral win 2018-04-13 [EFJ]
Administrative and Labour Court: nationalization of council schools was unconstitutional 2018-01-24 [Budapest Beacon ]


Iceland

Ready for a Fight: Unions Prepare for Tough Wage Negotiations 2018-08-28 [Grapevine]
Whaling company Hvalur hf sued for abusing its workers: Union confident it will win 2018-08-15 [Iceland Magazine]
Whalers In Iceland Forbidden From Being In Labour Union 2018-06-22 [Grapevine]


Ireland

ESB union refusing to erase ex-members data over 'contractual obligations' 2018-09-20 [The Journal]
Unions at Eir’s call centre threaten strikes over exit terms 2018-09-19 [The Irish Times]
'Give us pay rise or face strike': Bus Éireann drivers 2018-09-18 [The Irish Independent]


Italy

EFJ condemns government threat to cut indirect state funding to newspapers 2018-09-21 [EFJ]
Italian steelworkers validate agreement with ArcelorMittal 2018-09-19 [IndustriALL]
Pilots conclude deal with Ryanair 2018-08-30 [TR Weekly]


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

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

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]
UNI Global Union stands in solidarity with postal workers 2018-06-07 [UNI Global Union]


Malta

Industrial action at Gozo channel 2018-09-16 [Malta Independent]
Industrial action at Aġenzija Sapport ongoing after deadlock in talks for collective agreement 2018-09-11 [The Independent]
We remember Daphne Caruana Galizia 2018-08-27 [EFJ]


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

Workers struggle to save their pensions 2018-09-21 [BWI]
Postmen and women to go on strike in protest at ‘sort mail while you walk’ plan 2018-09-20 [Dutch News]
Red is still the colour of primary education! 2018-09-13 [Education International]


Norway

Norwegian affiliate press charges against private health company 2018-08-22 [PSI]
Solidarity works – Orona elevator workers conclude agreement 2018-08-02 [Industriall]
Solidarity works – Orona elevator workers in Norway conclude agreement 2018-08-02 [IndustriALL]


Poland

Poles Take to Streets Demanding Bigger Share in Economic Boom 2018-09-23 [Bloomberg]
Teachers, others demand wage hikes at protest 2018-09-23 [The Dispatch]
New Polish union joins the fight for fair treatment at Ryanair 2018-09-14 [ITF]


Portugal

Nurses call national strike for 20-21 September 2018-08-23 [The Portugal News]
Railway maintenance workers go on strike from Saturday 2018-08-17 [The News]
Four-week overtime strike at ports starts 2018-08-13 [The News]


Romania

Journalists beaten by riot police during Bucharest protest 2018-08-16 [EFJ]
IFJ condemns police attacks on journalists 2018-08-16 [IFJ]
Hundreds of Tenaris workers protest in Romania 2018-08-10 [IndustriALL]


Russia

EFJ and IFJ condemn Russian jailing of journalist Roman Sushchenko for espionage 2018-09-13 [EFJ]
Pension protests: Fresh anti-reform rallies held 2018-09-03 [BBC]
Journalist Alexander Sokolov released from detention 2018-09-01 [EFJ]


San Marino


Serbia

Trade union, workers curious about Fiat's future 2018-09-05 [B92]
Administrative harassment against Juzne Vesti news portal 2018-08-20 [EFJ]
Commission to solve wartime journalists’ murders expanded 2018-08-10 [EFJ]


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

Token strike held in medical device maker Tik 2018-09-22 [STA]
Token strike to be held in medical device maker Tik 2018-09-21 [STA]
More than half of Štore Steel workers stage token strike 2018-06-30 [STA]


Spain

Sex workers’ union ignites debate over prostitution 2018-09-10 [Brinkwire]
Government to overturn registration of OTRAS sex workers' union 2018-09-01 [Deutsche Welle]
'Let us keep our union': Spanish sex workers demand equal labour rights 2018-09-01 [The Local]


Sweden

Chinese embassy attacks journalist 2018-07-11 [IFJ]
How Sweden's deportations of skilled workers are affecting internationals 2018-07-05 [Local]
Social partners agree to limit right to industrial action 2018-06-15 [Nordic Labour Journal]


Switzerland

Thousands march against gender pay inequality in Bern 2018-09-23 [Deutsche Welle]
Swiss quarrel over prostitution ban 2018-09-11 [Info]
Plans for EU treaty in tatters as labor boycotts talks 2018-08-10 [Reuters]


Turkey

21,800 people killed in work-related accidents during AKP rule in Turkey 2018-09-23 [SCF]
Construction Workers At Turkey’s New Airport Jailed For Protesting Work Conditions 2018-09-22 [HRW]
Rights monitor condemns arrests of striking workers in Turkey 2018-09-22 [RUDAW]


Ukraine

Trade union leader holding a hunger strike against unpaid wages 2018-09-19 [kvpu.org.ua]
Court grants access to information from two investigative journalists’ phones 2018-09-09 [EFJ]
ArcelorMittal Dispute: Despite Shenanigans in Court the Struggle Continues 2018-09-03 [USC]


UK

England Midlands college facing financial collapse refused to heed warnings 2018-09-23 [UNISON]
Blow for Momentum as Jeremy Corbyn sides with unions to block 'open selection' of MPs 2018-09-23 [politicshome.com]
Housing crisis drives more than 1m private tenants deeper into poverty 2018-09-23 [The Observer]


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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