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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

Defending Armenia’s Workers – Is Class Struggle on the Agenda? 2016-09-11 [hetq]
Excessive police force against journalists covering demonstrations 2016-08-03 [IFJ]
Press conference entitled: labor law, trade unions, the legislation problems 2016-05-05 [ANA]


Austria

Tougher penalties for those who attack public transport workers 2017-03-11 [The Local ]
Nestle to close Linz plant in Austria, 127 jobs to go 2017-03-11 [EuroNews]
Gvt appeal for far-right votes by plan to discriminate against EU workers 2017-01-15 [EU Observer]


Azerbaijan

18 worker deaths a year - oil company SOCAR lambasted over safety record 2016-12-21 [Hazardex]
9 Azerbaijani Oil Workers Still Missing In Caspian Sea 2016-12-19 [VoA]
Oil Platform Collapse Leaves One Dead, Nine Missing In Caspian Sea 2016-12-19 [RFERL]


Belarus

Amnesty condemns vicious crackdown on peaceful jobless tax protests 2017-03-26 [Amnesty ]
With 'Nothing Left To Lose,' Belarus's 'Social Parasites' Make A Stand 2017-03-24 [RFE/RL]
Leader of Belarusian trade union REPAM prosecuted for defending labour rights 2017-03-21 [IndustriALL]


Belgium

Spontaneous strike action in four Delhaize shops in Brussels 2017-03-18 [brusselstimes]
New education pact not as excellent as it appears 2017-02-15 [Education International]
IndustriALL and Solvay renew their global framework agreement for five years 2017-02-03 [IndustriALL]


Bosnia


Bulgaria

Wildcat strikes in one of the largest retailers 2017-03-23 [libcom.org]
May Day in Sofia 2016-05-05 [Focus]
Protest of Bulgarian GPs Grows Further as Ten More Regions Join 2016-03-31 [novinite.com]


Croatia

Public sector unions reject govt offer on wage hike 2016-12-07 [Wires]
Trade Unions Warn against Proposed Tax Refo 2016-11-07 [Total Croatia News]
Trade Unions to Sue Government for 7 Billion Kuna? 2016-09-21 [Total News]


Cyprus

Pensions need to be put on a more equitable basis 2017-03-18 [cyprus-mail]
Nurses to get higher entry-level wages, unions’ in-fighting 2017-03-04 [The Mail]
Cyprus government signs agreement with civil servants' trade union 2017-02-08 [Famagusta Gazette]


Czech Republic

Healthcare workers' trade union declares strike alert 2017-02-10 [Prague Daily Monitor]
Fast track programme for Ukraine workers creates strain between Czech unions and bosses 2017-01-14 [Radio Prague ]
Czech Post workers strike for higher wages 2016-12-22 [Radio Prague]


Denmark

Danish debate to be reignited as EU court rules headscarf ban is legal 2017-03-15 [The Local]
40 percent of postal jobs on the chopping block 2017-03-13 [Copenhagen Post]
VIDEO: McDonald's employees earn how much? ( WARNING: Happiness ahead) 2017-01-09 [The Jimmy Dore Show]


Estonia

Unions says Telia collective agreement an example,for others 2017-03-17 [Baltic Times]
Dockers – support Estonian union dismissal battle 2016-07-08 [ITF Global Union]
Dockers – support Estonian union dismissal battle 2016-07-07 [ITF]


Faroe Islands


Finland

Airport workers settle pay dispute, call off strikes 2017-03-21 [Reuters]
Employers' leader wants to terminate union level collective agreements and cut pay 2017-03-21 [Trade Union News from Finland]
Aviation workers' strike cripples Helsinki Airport 2017-03-18 [YLE]


France

How the French are Tackling Modern Slavery 2017-03-25 [humanrightsfirst]
Some Versions of Utopia 2017-03-21 [prospect]
Flights canceled as French, Italian strikes hit 2017-03-21 [ATW]


Georgia

Union busting at chemical plant in Georgia 2017-03-26 [IndustriALL Gloral Union ]
When the state invests in labour exploitation 2017-02-22 [Open Caucasus Media]
Are Georgia’s disparate left-wing protesters consolidating into a coherent political force? 2017-02-18 [Open Caucasus Media]


Germany

Walk out strike action in Amazon, Rheinberg, Germany 2017-03-24 [UNI]
Drunken BMW workers disrupt car production 2017-03-21 [DW]
Steel workers to get 4 percent wage hike by 2018 2017-03-19 [Reuters]


Gibraltar

Unite Gibraltar seeks to build international links 2015-08-24 [The Chronicle]
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]


Greece

Bosses ‘march workers to cash machines to GIVE BACK their wages’ 2017-03-25 [The Express]
Local authority workers call nationwide work stoppage for Tuesday, seeking back pay 2017-03-21 [ekathimerin]
Greek firms paying employees with coupons 2017-03-21 [DW]


Hungary

STATS OFFICE: AVERAGE GROSS WAGE IN HUNGARY ROSE BY ANNUAL 10 PERCENT IN JANUARY 2017-03-21 [hungarytoday]
Gender-based wage gap worst in Europe according to Eurostat 2017-03-09 [Budapest Beacon]
Gender wage gap narrows but room for improvement 2017-03-09 [Hungary Today]


Iceland

In world first, Iceland to require firms to prove equal pay 2017-03-10 [ABC]
New strike threat to supplies 2016-12-16 [Fish Update]
Seamen Start Their Strike 2016-12-15 [Grapevine]


Ireland

Rail and Dublin Bus workers angry over treatment of Bus Éireann staff, says union boss 2017-03-27 [The Journal]
Bus Éireann board considers 'survival plan' as strike continues 2017-03-27 [RTÉ]
36 workers on strike at Edenderry Power Plant 2017-03-27 [RTÉ]


Italy

Italy set to offer 'menstrual leave' for female workers 2017-03-25 [independent]
Alitalia airline workers confirm April 5 strike over planned cuts 2017-03-21 [Europe Online]
Flights cancelled as Italy airport staff strike 2017-03-20 [The News]


Latvia

Green wins keep Baltic populism in check – but for how long? 2017-01-18 [Equal Times]
Latvia readies for (information) war 2016-04-15 [Equal Times]
Salaries for most healthcare employees in Latvia to increase 7% in 2015 2015-12-28 [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

Luxembourg appeals verdict in LuxLeaks scandal 2016-08-09 [EFJ]
Luxembourg pension fund bans Israel investment 2014-02-25 [i24news Israel]
Luxembourg unions celebrate dispute victory 2013-08-01 [ITF news]


Macedonia

Strike threat over unpaid wages 2017-02-10 [IFJ]
MACEDONIA IS PAYING THE PRICE OF EUROPE’S INDIFFERENCE 2017-01-23 [Equal Times]
SGIP starts a new campaign on Health and Safety at Work 2016-05-11 [BWI Global Union]


Malta

Wake up or lose your healthcare 2017-03-23 [Malta Today]
Work dress codes and religion at work 2017-03-23 [timesofmalta]
Broadcasting Authority employees step up industrial action 2017-03-23 [timesofmalta]


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

In the shadows of the red light: Why Holland isn't the sex worker haven you think it is 2017-03-16 [The Independent]
The black Dutch feminist taking the fight against right-wing populism to the ballot box 2017-03-14 [Equal Times]
Gov't plans to cut child labour out of products 2017-03-03 [Human Rights Watch]


Norway

Norwegian unions, employers agree deal for 2.4 percent wage increase 2017-03-15 [Daily Mail]
Why Norway is the best country for LGBT workers 2017-02-09 [The Local ]
Strike averted among airport ground crews 2017-02-06 [Views and News]


Poland

Women on strike 2017-03-16 [Political Eh-conomy]
Nearly half of Polish managers are women 2017-03-09 [Radio Poland]
Marches in Poland mark Int'l Women's Day 2017-03-09 [Radio Poland]


Portugal

Opposition party proposes measures for equal pay - including public name and shame 2017-03-08 [Portugal News]
Lisbon binmen strike for better wages 2016-10-28 [The News]
Call centre employees on EDP contract demand end to casual work 2016-10-20 [The News]


Romania

Romanian rail workers stage strike to demand higher wages 2017-03-23 [dailymail]
Central bank: Labor force is underpaid, capital – overpaid in Romania 2017-03-17 [romania-insider]
National minimum wage increase and other measures 2017-03-03 [National Trade Union Confederation]


Russia

IndustriALL affiliates discuss challenges in the Russian energy sector 2017-03-26 [IndustriALL Global Union]
Working conditions seminar held in Moscow 2017-03-18 [Fifa]
Historian Rochelle Ruthchild On Crucial Role Of Women In The Russian Revolution 2017-03-18 [KGOU]


San Marino


Serbia

The Lost Boys of Belgrade: migrant kids’ lonely struggle to survive 2017-02-17 [equal times]
Chilling effect on media freedom by verdict against journalist and editor 2017-01-09 [EFJ]
Unions Seek Higher Minimum Wage 2016-08-19 [Balkan Insight]


Slovakia

Opposition hints at health care privatisation 2017-03-23 [spectator]
Amazon could employ more than 1,000 people 2017-03-16 [spectator]
PPS Group employees to strike on January 9 2017-01-06 [The Spectator]


Slovenia

Govt and doctors' trade union reach agreement 2017-03-04 [STA]
Trade unions want minimum wage to rise 5% 2017-01-17 [STA]
Education union urges parliament not to sign EU free trade agreement with Canada 2016-09-13 [Education International]


Spain

Spanish union welcomes Vodafone Spain, Telefonica fibre deal 2017-03-21 [telecompaper]
Historic win for Spanish dockers 2017-03-18 [ITF]
Spain's government faces setback in reforming labor in ports 2017-03-17 [NZHerald]


Sweden

Swedish government announces inquiry to tackle deportations of foreign workers 2017-03-20 [thelocal]
Why these Swedish construction union bosses wore pink pussyhats for gender equality 2017-03-18 [The Local ]
Sweden FIRST: Moves to crackdown on migrant labour as euroscepticism rises 2017-02-16 [The Express]


Switzerland

The Role of Public Service Trade Unions in achieving Decent Work for Persons with Disabilities 2017-03-23 [PSI]
Richemont reaches agreement with employees on job cuts - union 2016-12-10 [EuroNews]
Geneva airport workers ready to strike 2016-12-07 [The Local]


Turkey

Social Media Campaign Launched for Imprisoned Journalists in Turkey 2017-03-16 [Bianet]
Detained: After 120 days on hunger strike to demand their jobs back 2017-03-16 [Bianet]
Youth Unemployment Climbs to 24% 2017-03-16 [Bianet]


Ukraine

Miners Bang Helmets To Get Back Pay 2017-03-12 [RFE/Radio Liberty ]
Women In Kyiv Say They March For Equality, Not Flowers And Compliments 2017-03-12 [RFE/Radio Liberty]
About 100 workers at risk following revocation of Radio Vesti’s licenses 2017-03-07 [IFJ]


UK

High street bank Santander skirts ‘zero-hour’ contracts with one-hour deals 2017-03-27 [FT]
Take Magnox nuclear plants’ ‘clean up’ back into public control, says Unite 2017-03-27 [Unite]
RMT reveals that 75% of UK rail now foreign owned RMT 2017-03-27 [RMT]


Vatican City

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]
PSI attends seminar on the Human Right to Water in Vatican city 2017-02-23 [PSI]
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