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Labour news from Europe


Albania

Workers fired from public jobs end hunger strike 2014-06-05 [The Times-Union]
Crisis prompts Albanian workers to return home 2014-02-28 [ILO]
Police go on 'white strike' at crossings with Kosovo 2011-12-20 [Albeu]


Andorra


Armenia

Oxfam Launches Worker-Owned Factory 2014-10-21 [The Weekly]
Protection of workers’ labor, safety and health 2013-06-26 [ARKA]
Protecting Workers’ Rights 2012-12-05 [Asbarez]


Austria

Together we stand: Active Unemployed Austria supports the week of action against workfare in UK 2014-10-06 [Active Unemployed Austria]
Holidays for the Unemployed: The protest continues with an online petition 2014-08-28 [Active Unemployed Austria]
BWI International conference on asbestos to take place in Vienna in partnership with Industriall Global Union - 6 & 7 May 2014 2014-03-02 [BWI]


Azerbaijan

Executive Committee of General Confederation of Trade Unions convenes in Baku 2014-10-23 [News.Az]
President receives Secretary General of Int'l Confederation of Trade Unions 2014-10-23 [News.Az]
Stop harassment and legal action against leading investigative journalist 2014-10-18 [IFJ]


Belarus

Unions prepare to struggle against short-term contracts 2014-10-31 [IndustriALL Global Union]
President endorses plan to legally ban, criminalise, unemployment 2014-10-28 [Moscow Times]
Babrujsk activists who took part in hunger strike of protest, dismissed 2014-10-01 [Charter 97]


Belgium

Unions announce rail strikes 2014-10-31 [The Daily]
Strikes in Belgium shut down Delhaize stores 2014-10-18 [Supermarket News]
Unions plan general strike for 15 December 2014-10-16 [Daily Mail]


Bosnia


Bulgaria

olice officers, firefighters, rescue workers and prison guards gathered to protest on Saturday 2014-10-19 [Focus]
Trade Unions Threaten Protests over Planned Merger of Customs, Revenue Agency 2014-10-18 [Novinite]
Employers, Trade Unions, Decry Lobby Groups in Energy Board 2014-10-18 [Novinite]


Croatia

Trade Union and Employers 'Fair Prices Initiative' Launched in Croatia 2014-09-03 [BWI]
Adriadiesel workers on strike and worrying about possible sanctions for Russia 2014-03-18 [The Times]
Activists march through central Zagreb on International Women's Day 2014-03-09 [Dalje]


Cyprus

Public strikes off after gov't chickens out of bonus tax 2014-09-19 [The Mirror]
Civil servants call off strike 2014-09-18 [The Mail]
Public sector employees go on strike this Friday 2014-09-16 [The Mirror]


Czech Republic

CSA´s cabin crews to stage strike next Thursday 2014-10-24 [Noviny]
CSA to fire third of its pilots as Russia passengers fall due to Ukraine crisis 2014-09-26 [The Free Press]
Czech Airlines to Lay Off About One Third of Staff 2014-09-25 [The Wall Street Journal]


Denmark

Serving Up Fries, for a Living Wage in Denmark 2014-10-28 [NY Times]
Unionised Danish McDonald's Workers get paid double their US colleagies - and get sick pay 2014-09-21 [Business Insider]
Metalworkers Union join Industry to express Danish commitment to TransAtlantic Trade Agreement 2014-07-16 [FT]


Estonia

Trade union leaders: Estonians not ready to stand up for themselves 2013-05-08 [Baltic Business News]
Agreement With Energy Unions Staves Off Strike 2013-03-28 [ERR]
Trade union for energy workers consider a possible strike 2013-03-13 [Baltic Business ]


Faroe Islands

ITF declares Faroes second register a flag of convenience 2011-11-28 [ITF]
ITF declares Faroes second register a flag of convenience 2011-11-25 [ITF]


Finland

Niemi-Laine: Limit the private profit-seeking in welfare 2014-10-27 [JHL]
Social democrats kept clear majority at the Woodworkers' Union 2014-10-23 [Trade Union News from Finland]
Survey: economic difficulties causing insecurity at the workplace 2014-10-16 [Trade Union News from Finland]


France

Pilots' strike sees Air France profits cut in half 2014-10-29 [BBC]
Paris: Luxury hotel staff strike for better pay 2014-10-22 [The Local]
'We made a giant cave in' 2014-10-16 [Equal Times]


Georgia

Meetings of historical significance with Bernadette Ségol 2014-10-29 [GTUC]
The General Secretary of European Trade Unions Confederation (ETUC) is arriving to Georgia 2014-10-27 [GTUC]
Vacations – Length and rules of paid leave 2014-10-09 [GTUC]


Germany

Amazon strike continues 2014-10-31 [TelecomPaper]
Merkel Proposes Curbing Unions 2014-10-30 [Bloomberg]
Government unveils bill curbing power of small labour unions 2014-10-29 [Europe Online]


Gibraltar

Teachers’ union highlights importance of Workers’ 2014-04-27 [The Chronicle]
Chief Minister urges all to celebrate May Day 2013-04-30 [The Chronicle]
Unite challenges opposition leader to support May Day and Workers Memorial Day 2013-04-26 [Vox]


Greece

GREEK ECONOMIC CRISIS STIMULATES SOCIAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP 2014-10-27 [Equal Times]
IFJ Expresses Solidarity with Workers and Supporters at ERT 2014-10-26 [IFJ]
ON A REMOTE GREEK ISLAND, SYRIANS FIND REFUGE 2014-10-06 [Equal Times]


Hungary

State enters the Classroom 2014-10-29 [Education International]
Independent journalism under increasing threat in Hungary 2014-08-17 [Equal Times]
Hankook continues to violate union rights in Hungary 2014-08-06 [IndustriALL Global Union]


Iceland

Bus Drivers Told They Will Be Fired For Complaining 2014-09-29 [Grapevine]
Union Official Worried About Tourism Industry Workers 2014-09-02 [Grapevine]
Demanded Fair Wage And Got Fired 2014-08-04 [Grapevine]


Ireland

Dunnes Stores workers seek improved conditions at hearing 2014-10-30 [irishtimes.com]
Restore pay cuts to lower paid health staff, union tells minister 2014-10-30 [irishtimes.com]
Minister supports pay parity for new hospital consultants 2014-10-30 [irishtimes.com]


Italy

Union head accuses Renzi of seeking confrontation 2014-10-31 [Yahoo News]
Govt reponds to flak after cops injure AST steelworkers 2014-10-31 [Gazzetta del Sud]
Protesting workers clash with police over job cuts 2014-10-30 [The Penninsula]


Latvia

Teachers prepare to strike over salaries 2013-11-09 [Baltic Times]
Teachers prepare to strike over salaries 2013-11-08 [The Baltic Times]
Latvia’s euro ambitions undeterred by Cyprus bailout 2013-04-08 [Equal Times]


Liechtenstein


Lithuania

Gv't mediation sought in refinery workers-management standoff 2014-06-25 [Xinhua]
What changes will Lithuanian education reforms bring? 2013-02-26 [Equal Times]
Carlsberg Re-Classified As An ‘Essential Service’ To Prevent Workers From Striking 2012-03-06 [libcom]


Luxembourg

Luxembourg pension fund bans Israel investment 2014-02-25 [i24news Israel]
Luxembourg unions celebrate dispute victory 2013-08-01 [ITF news]
Thousands of European workers protest austerity plans 2011-06-22 [Star]


Macedonia

IFJ/EFJ Condemn Continued Detention of Tomislav Kezarovski 2013-07-26 [IFJ]
Jailed journalist begins hunger strike 2013-07-22 [Xindex]
Flight Controllers Threaten to close Mak Sky 2011-09-02 [MINA]


Malta

General Workers Union says employees of Leisure Clothing company denied being badly treated 2014-10-31 [The Independent]
Ageist culture in the workplace needs to change - Dalli 2014-10-31 [Today]
Minister stands by decision to grant uniformed personnel the right to choose their trade union 2014-10-29 [The Times]


Moldova

Union showdown with government 2014-04-15 [Education International]
13 January 2014 Solidarity campaign Moldova: Respect the right to associate! 2014-01-13 [BWI ]
Victory for Glodeni leaders but struggle goes on 2013-02-05 [IUF]


Monaco

Hotel Metropole runs low on service as staff walk 2011-01-01 [The Times]


Netherlands

KLM denies union claims of major job losses ahead 2014-10-29 [Dutch News]
Brinks armoured car workers could strike 2014-10-21 [The Times]
Unions warn of 1,000 lost stevedore jobs from automated terminals in Rotterdam 2014-10-17 [The Loadstar]


Norway

Union Industri Energi keep up the pressure to change new layoff rules 2014-10-29 [Stavanger Aftenblad]
Oil companies have been spendthrift 2014-10-20 [Stavanger Aftenblad]
Statoil's cuts threaten safety 2014-10-14 [Stavanger Aftenblad]


Poland

“Relief is a political gesture”: The Jewish Labor Committee’s interventions in war-torn Poland, 1939-1945 2014-09-11 [TRANSATLANTICA]
ETF ramps up pressure on ‘anti-union’ LOT ActNOW! 2014-08-29 [ITF]
Min. wage for builders 1,70 Euro per hour 2014-07-31 [BWI]


Portugal

Cabin crew strike grounds airline flights 2014-10-31 [Yahoo News]
TAP goes on four-day strike 2014-10-31 [The News]
Union accuses government of 'manipulating' state budget for 2015 2014-10-11 [The Daily]


Romania

Public workers stage vuvuzela pay protest 2014-10-08 [Reuters]
Workers protest salaries, underfunded health-care 2014-10-08 [Yahoo]
Rail workers stage two-hour strike 2014-04-24 [The Herald]


Russia

Aeroflot Extends Collective Agreement With Employees 2014-10-23 [Digital Journal]
World Cup 2018 : BWI Concerned about the implemenation of FIFA Law in Russia 2014-10-02 [BWI]
Workers’ wage arrears protests send Putin a chilling reminder of the Yeltsin era 2014-09-24 [The Conversation]


San Marino


Serbia

Teachers, doctors announce strikes over pay cuts 2014-10-30 [SwissInfo]
Teachers To Strike on Wednesday 2014-10-19 [InSerbia]
Police trade unions end strike 2014-10-07 [B92]


Slovakia

Strike alert called off at Volkswagen plant 2014-05-29 [The Post]
Volkswagen workers brace for full-blown strike 2014-05-03 [The Spectator]
US businesses call on president to stop collective bargaining law 2013-11-10 [Slovak Spectator]


Slovenia

Unions Call on Cerar to Prevent Worker Exploitation 2014-10-19 [STA]
Exploitation of migrant workers in Slovenia 2014-09-10 [RTV SLO]
Energy Union to Discuss General Strike Over Situation at HSE 2014-07-07 [STA]


Spain

Factbox: Spanish unions denounce failings in Ebola nurse case 2014-10-13 [AFP]
Madrid hospital staff quit over Ebola fears 2014-10-12 [Guardian]
Nurses refuse to treat Ebola patients amid fears of infection 2014-10-12 [Telegraph]


Sweden

Public Sector Union leader made Minister in new Swedish Social Democrat/Green govt 2014-10-05 [EPSU]
ILO and H&M sign unique agreement on sustainable global supply chains in the garment industry 2014-09-27 [ILO]
Former union leader welcomed as he is elected Swedish PM 2014-09-19 [IndustriALL Global Union]


Switzerland

Electrolux plant closure highlights job fears 2014-10-22 [Swiss Info]
Switzerland-China Free Trade Agreement and Labour Rights 2014-10-13 [GLC]
Railway gets order barring strike 2014-09-15 [The Observer]


Turkey

Ermenek mine: 18 workers are trapped 2014-10-31 [DISK]
Gender-segregated education in Istanbul school sparks debate 2014-10-30 [Hurriyet]
'No more mine deaths. Turkish Government must ratify ILO C176, now, without delay', says IndustriALL Global Union 2014-10-29 [IndustriALL Global Union]


Ukraine

Trade union leader: Military action and destruction contribute of the ecological disaster in the Donetsk and Lugansk regions 2014-10-30 [kvpu.org.ua]
Unions develop strategies to fight precarious work 2014-10-29 [IndustriALL Global Union]
National protest defends teachers and quality education 2014-10-25 [Education International]


UK

Health members to stage second four-hour stoppage as pay row escalates 2014-10-31 [UNISON]
UCATT NHS members to take strike action on Monday 24th November 2014-10-31 [UCATT]
Scotland STUC publishes Smith Commission proposals 2014-10-31 [STUC]


Vatican City

Pope to Davos elite: humanity must be served by wealth, not ruled by it 2014-01-22 [rt.com]
Catholic church: Is Francis a red pope? 2014-01-21 [Fightback]
Pope focus on refugees and migrants used as slave labour 2013-12-30 [Vatican Radio]
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