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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

Artsakh Trade Unions Hold 3rd Congress 2014-12-26 [Asbarez]
Rubber workers protest over unpaid wages 2014-12-19 [IndustriALL Global Union]
Nairit workers threaten to block Bagratuniats Street 2014-12-06 [Aysor]


Austria

Suspend consideration of partner income at the Unemployment Assistance! 2015-02-05 [Active Unemployed Austria]
From eAMS to Skill Matching: Computers cannot conjure up meaningful work 2014-12-21 [Aufrecht bestehen]
International day of human rights: Active Unemployed Austria calls for a vigil in front of the ministry for social affairs to draw attention to the increasing violation of social human rights! 2014-12-05 [Active Unemployed Austria]


Azerbaijan

Hidden Journalist Refugee at Swiss Embassy in Azerbaijan 2015-02-14 [IFJ]
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]


Belarus

In Belarus, women need not apply for work in 181 occupations 2014-11-16 [Open Democracy]
Workers on hunger strike detained by police in Babruisk 2014-11-11 [Charter 97]
In Babruisk workers went on indefinite hunger strike 18 2014-11-10 [Charter 97]


Belgium

UN rights expert urges Belgium to boost fight against modern slavery 2015-02-28 [UN News Centre]
Keep unregulated taxis out of Belgium! Union acts on Uber 2015-02-25 [ITF Global Union]
Belgium grinds to a halt for one-day general strike 2014-12-19 [The Guardian]


Bosnia


Bulgaria

Justice minister provides 76.72% of needed sum for prison workers’ remuneration: official 2015-02-07 [Focus]
Trade union of prison workers in Bulgaria to meet with Justice Ministry officials 2015-01-28 [Focus]
Trade union of prison workers in Bulgaria meets with Justice Ministry officials 2015-01-28 [Focus]


Croatia

Shipyard workers face an unweatherable storm 2014-11-19 [Equal Times]
Croatia’s shipyard workers face an unweatherable storm 2014-11-19 [Equal Times]
Trade Union and Employers 'Fair Prices Initiative' Launched in Croatia 2014-09-03 [BWI]


Cyprus

Cyta unions oppose telco privatisation 2015-01-30 [The Mirror]
Port workers strike over Larnaca delays 2015-01-29 [Cyprus Mail]
Larnaca dockers to go on strike 2015-01-24 [The Mail]


Czech Republic

Škoda Auto unions may strike 2015-01-30 [The Post]
Tesco faces strike 2015-01-14 [The Guardian]
Tesco union gives strike warning over closures 2015-01-13 [Reuters]


Denmark

SAS to striking workers: Show up or be fired 2015-03-02 [The Local]
SAS strike continues with 40 more flights axed 2015-03-01 [The Local]
SAS Baggage Handlers On Strike At Copenhagen Airport 2015-02-25 [The Digest]


Estonia

TUC Head urges Govt to find solutions to wave of redundancies 2015-01-27 [The Baltic Course]
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]


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

Unemployment rose slightly in Finland 2015-02-27 [Trade Union News from Finland]
Union anger as icebreaker crews' strike put on ice 2015-02-27 [YLE News]
Aviation services company to slash 100 jobs at Helsinki airport 2015-02-23 [YLE News]


France

CIVIC SERVICE: THE CURE FOR ALL ILLS? 2015-02-24 [Equal Times]
Prostitutes Bemoan Strauss-Kahn Trial’s Effect on Sex Industry 2015-02-18 [Newsweek]
Flights hit as Paris airport strike continues 2015-02-13 [The Local]


Georgia

Severe union busting in Georgia 2015-02-27 [IndustriALL Global Union]
Mineworkers fight against severe union-busting 2015-02-13 [IndustriALL Global Union]
The Youth wing of the GTUC leads the fight for worker rights! 2015-02-13 [GTUC]


Germany

Verdi calls strike at Postbank branches on Monday 2015-03-02 [Reuters]
PRISON WORKERS IN GERMANY ARE ORGANISING 2015-03-02 [Equal Times]
Union sees Steag as possible buyer of Vattenfall lignite assets 2015-03-01 [Reuters]


Gibraltar

Unions say they will vigorously oppose ideas promoted by the Chamber of Commerce 2015-01-29 [Panorama]
Teachers’ union highlights importance of Workers’ 2014-04-27 [The Chronicle]
Chief Minister urges all to celebrate May Day 2013-04-30 [The Chronicle]


Greece

ITUC strongly critical of IMF response to Eurozone-Greece deal 2015-02-27 [ITUC]
Labour Minister vows collective bargaining, workers’ rights central to recovery 2015-02-18 [UNI Global Union]
Athens meeting between UNI Europa and Greek ministers and unions 2015-02-18 [UNI Global Union]


Hungary

Culture Workers Union demands European standard wages 2015-01-24 [Budapest Beacon]
55,000 jobs threatened by new retail laws, unions, employers warn 2015-01-24 [Budapest Beacon]
Tesco laying off more than 500 workers in Hungary 2015-01-24 [Politics.hu]


Iceland

Collective agreement victory ends Icelandair dispute 2015-01-15 [ITF]
Global commute for Kiwi meat workers 2014-11-20 [The Herald]
Bus Drivers Told They Will Be Fired For Complaining 2014-09-29 [Grapevine]


Ireland

Prison officers to ballot for strike over safety fears in jails 2015-03-02 [The Irish Independent]
Education Minister plans Junior Cycle reforms without further talks 2015-03-01 [RTÉ]
Employment Minister says forum on living wage to be set up 2015-03-01 [irishtimes.com]


Italy

ThyssenKrupp imposes cuts at the expense of the weak at AST Terni 2015-02-27 [IndustriALL Global Union]
Ports to be hit by national strike March 6 2015-02-20 [ANSAmed]
Govt to meet unions, business on Jobs Act on Wed 2015-02-14 [Gazetta del Sud]


Latvia

Minimum wage in Latvia in 2015 will be raised to EUR 360 2014-12-03 [The Baltic ]
Education workers planning to go on strike 2014-11-13 [The Baltic Course]
Teachers prepare to strike over salaries 2013-11-09 [Baltic Times]


Liechtenstein


Lithuania

ETUC letter to the Lithuanian President and Prime Minister 2014-12-02 [ETUC]
Teachers to strike over higher pay demands 2014-12-02 [Baltic Times]
Teachers go on indefinite astrike 2014-12-02 [The Baltic Course]


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

EI to help solve labour conflict in the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia 2015-01-24 [Education International]
IFJ and EFJ together demand the review of Macedonian journalist Kezarovski's trial 2015-01-23 [IFJ]
IFJ and EFJ Call on Macedonian Authorities to Grant the Permanent Release of Journalist Kezarovski 2015-01-21 [IFJ]


Malta

UHM takes industrial action at Mepa 2015-03-02 [The Malta Independent]
Uncertain future for Enemalta employees 2015-03-01 [The Malta Independent]
UHM request urgent MCESD meeting 2015-02-27 [The Malta Independent]


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

V&D, labour union talks end with no deal 2015-02-18 [The Times]
Unions reach agreement with Brink’s on redundancy terms 2015-02-06 [Dutch News]
Union kicks back at Rotterdam 2015-01-22 [Port Strategy]


Norway

Pilots go out on strike 2015-02-28 [Views and News]
Strike against labour law reform, tough conflicts ahead 2015-02-08 [Nordic Labour Journal]
Unions declare Norwegian strike a success 2015-02-02 [UNI Global Union]


Poland

Miner JSW signs deal with unions 2015-02-24 [Reuters]
Shots fired against striking miners in Poland 2015-02-18 [IndustriALL Global Union]
Farmers preparing for more protests 2015-02-18 [Radio Poland]


Portugal

Lisbon Metro underground workers announce first strike of 2015 2015-02-19 [The News]
PT union wants national investigation of PT sale 2015-02-16 [TelecomPaper]
Faro nurse with tuberculosis brings lack of follow-ups to the fore 2015-02-06 [The News]


Romania

Protests Continue at Dacia Romania as Workers Ask for More Money 2015-01-08 [Autoevolution]
Public workers stage vuvuzela pay protest 2014-10-08 [Reuters]
Workers protest salaries, underfunded health-care 2014-10-08 [Yahoo]


Russia

FIFA: Labour is Part of the Team 2015-02-25 [BWI]
Migrant workers guide to Russia 2015-02-25 [BWI]
The largest Russian trade union centers supported the workers’ right to strike 2015-02-18 [KTR]


San Marino


Serbia

Six Serbian Migrant Workers Killed in Russia 2015-02-25 [BWI]
Government plans to bankrupt 188 state firms, trim 5,000 jobs 2015-01-03 [Reuters]
Education workers’ trade unions stage protest 2014-12-27 [In Serbia]


Slovakia

More pro-employee measures adopted, praised by unions 2014-11-24 [The Spectator]
Strike alert called off at Volkswagen plant 2014-05-29 [The Post]
Volkswagen workers brace for full-blown strike 2014-05-03 [The Spectator]


Slovenia

Unions Want Higher Standard of Living in 2015 2015-01-06 [STA]
Unions and Parliament Officials Discuss Youth Unemployment 2014-12-11 [STA]
Ljubljana University Sounds the Alarm Over Funding 2014-12-11 [STA]


Spain

Grupo Mexico cannot export corporate bad behaviour to Spain 2015-02-14 [IndustriALL Global Union]
The unions call off the Aena strike 2015-02-10 [Flight Consulting]
rade Union Files Supreme Court Criminal Complaint Comparing Pablo Iglesias To Hitler, Stalin 2015-02-06 [The Spain Report]


Sweden

Unpaid job trials are exploitative and akin to slavery, says Union 2015-02-19 [Staffing Industry]
Volvo announces 1000 job cuts 2015-02-06 [The Local]
Huge job cuts at Gothenburg ball bearing plant 2015-01-29 [The Local]


Switzerland

Tripartite Meeting on the Freedom of Association and Protection of the Right to Organise Convention, 1948 (No. 87) in relation to the right to strike and the modalities and practices of strike action at national level 2015-02-24 [ILO]
SBB wants to attract part-time female workers 2015-02-16 [The Local]
Union rails against strong franc measures 2015-02-07 [Swiss Info]


Turkey

Relatives of Ermenek mine victims protest support to ministers 2015-03-01 [Zaman]
The real reasons that Turkey bans strikes 2015-02-27 [The Financial Times]
Trade union general secretary detained at protest in front of Istanbul hospital 2015-02-26 [Hurriyet]


Ukraine

Tank factory workers decry war that pits Ukrainian against Ukrainian 2015-03-01 [AlJazeera]
The first ever legal strike has been carrying out in Boryspi 2015-02-26 [http://kvpu.org.ua/]
Unions banned by pro-Russian separatists in Luhansk 2015-02-23 [Ukraine Solidarity Campaign]


UK

“If you don’t vote, you get stuffed” – union backs registration drive 2015-03-02 [USI]
Anti-blacklisting campaigner Michael Abbott remembered with memorial plaque 2015-03-02 [Liverpool Echo]
England Milk supplies in the north of England could be hit over Easter in union recognition dispute 2015-03-02 [Unite]


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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