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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

Protection of workers’ labor, safety and health 2013-06-26 [ARKA]
Protecting Workers’ Rights 2012-12-05 [Asbarez]
Chemical Plant Workers Again Protest In Yerevan 2012-11-29 [azatutyun]


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]
Unions want 1,500 Euro minimum for everyone 2013-11-18 [The Times]
Metalworkers reach 2.85 per cent wage increase 2013-11-01 [IndustriALL Global Union]


Azerbaijan

The new social workers 2013-06-07 [The Guardian]
5th Congress of the Federation of Trade Unions of Constructional Complex Workers Decides on Union Growth Strategy 2012-09-28 [BWI]
Conference of Railway Employees Trade Unions held in Azerbaijan 2012-04-26 [ABC]


Belarus

Minsk municipal executive committee banned May Day celebration for trade unions 2014-05-01 [Charter 97]
Union members go on hunger strike in Belarus 2014-03-28 [IndustriALL Global Union]
Oil refinery workers union busted in Belarus 2013-10-17 [IndustriALL Global Union]


Belgium

Rail strike disrupts international train services 2014-06-30 [Reuters]
Rail strike disrupts links 2014-06-30 [Deutsche Welle]
Severe delays expected Monday as rail staff strike 2014-06-28 [Channel News Asia]


Bosnia


Bulgaria

Bulgarian Doctors Stage Protest, Threaten to Resign 2014-07-11 [novinite.com]
Employees of Hemus Highway Company Hold Strike over Unpaid Salaries 2014-07-07 [novinite.com]
Highway Construction Workers in Bulgaria to Stage Protest Over Unpaid Wages 2014-07-05 [novinite.com]


Croatia

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]
Protest held over labour law changes 2014-02-27 [Euronews]


Cyprus

Port to operate as normal pending new talks 2014-03-08 [The Mail]
More trouble at bus companies 2014-03-06 [The Mail]
Unions strike as House votes on new privatisation bill 2014-03-04 [The Mail]


Czech Republic

Will Amazon respect labour laws as it expands eastwards? 2014-03-24 [Equal Times]
Unions say Czech economy will overcome stagnation only in 2016 2014-01-22 [The Daily Monitor]
Unions want higher wages for firefighters 2013-06-07 [Prague Daily Monitor]


Denmark

Metal union predicts 7000 jobs as Denmark allocates funds to encourage environmental investment 2014-06-26 [Global Post]
What wealth gap? Danish welfare narrows disparity 2014-06-24 [Times Union]
Food union approves plan to save Danish slaughterhouse 2014-06-15 [MeatPoultry]


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

Comprehensive site agreement on the nuclear power plant construction site 2014-06-26 [Trade Union News from Finland]
VR strike could hamper weekend rail traffic 2014-06-26 [YLE]
Itella strike slows cargo distribution 2014-06-25 [YLE]


France

Courts disrupted as lawyers strike over tax 2014-07-07 [The Telegraph]
Labour summit opens with boycott threat 2014-07-07 [II]
The shows must not go on: arts workers strike 2014-07-06 [The Independent]


Georgia

“FORMAL OR INFORMAL, WE ARE ALL WORKERS” 2014-07-09 [Equal Times]
Miners Say Government's Strike Deal Achieved Nothing 2014-07-02 [IWPR]
Seven miners have been injured in Tkibuli 2014-06-10 [GTUC]


Germany

Steel workers agree pay rise: union 2014-07-09 [Reuters]
Steel workers agree pay rise - union 2014-07-08 [Reuters]
Steel workers agree pay rise - union 2014-07-08 [Reuters]


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

Public sector workers start 24-hour strike 2014-07-09 [BBC]
State workers strike against job cuts 2014-07-09 [Kathimerini]
Public Sector 24-hour Strike Today 2014-07-09 [The Greek Reporter]


Hungary

Teachers’ union urges school management changes 2014-06-30 [Politics.hu]
Women’s pay packets a whole lot slimmer 2014-05-11 [The Times]
Leftist parties, unions celebrate International Workers’ Day 2014-05-02 [Politics]


Iceland

Labor Union Calls Off Strike At Icelandair 2014-06-19 [The Wall Street Journal]
Ireland: Government still 'failing' domestic workers, MRCI claims 2014-06-17 [Irish Examiner]
Nurses latest to strike over pay as economy recovers 2014-05-20 [Reuters]


Ireland

SIPTU members in Irish Rail reject amended Labour Court Recommendation 2014-07-12 [SIPTU]
One in five workers earns less than basic standard of living wage 2014-07-11 [Irish Independent]
Greyhound offences highlight private waste industry woes 2014-07-11 [The Irish Times]


Italy

Eni Chief Angers Unions With Plan to Close Refineries 2014-07-12 [New York Times]
Marchionne Seeks Labour Peace to Sell Luxury Shift 2014-06-30 [Bloomberg]
Fiat Reverses Course on Workers, Overtime 2014-06-24 [WSJ]


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

UHM issues directives at EU funding agency 2014-07-11 [The Malta Independent]
UHM files case in Constitutional court 2014-07-10 [The Malta Independent]
GWU vice president Edmond Cefai passes away 2014-07-05 [The 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

ARE THE DUTCH LABOUR REFORMS A HELP OR A HINDRANCE TO WORKERS? 2014-06-23 [Equal Times]
Workers at the Philip Morris cigarette factory strike 2014-05-31 [The NL Times]
Workplace harassment rate drops 2014-05-30 [The NL Times]


Norway

Labour union Industri Energi to ask oil services workers to vote on wage offer 2014-07-08 [Reuters]
Union to ask oil services workers to vote on wage offer 2014-07-06 [Reuters]
Oil Services Strike Averted as Salary Increases Agreed 2014-07-06 [Bloomberg]


Poland

Warsaw airport workers organize. Union activist dismissed ActNOW! 2014-07-07 [ozzip]
Solidarnosc fights for union rights at LIDL ActNOW! 2014-07-07 [Solidarnosc]
Trade unions threaten strike at Warsaw Airport 2014-03-31 [The News]


Portugal

Union deems hiring of 45 nurses for Algarve 'insufficient' 2014-07-06 [Portugal News Online]
Fresh austerity protests hit country 2014-06-22 [Ad Hoc News]
SATA Air Azores on strike June 18-28 2014-06-07 [The Portugese-American Reporter]


Romania

Rail workers stage two-hour strike 2014-04-24 [The Herald]
Rosia Montana Gold Corp lays off 400 workers over ‘approval delays’ 2014-03-04 [Balkans.com]
The shale gas dilemma of Romania 2014-01-30 [Equal Times]


Russia

Nickel plant workers are ready to strike 2014-06-26 [IndustriALL Global Union]
Sign the petition: 'Save University Professors!' 2014-06-09 [KTR]
May Day Celebrants Fill Moscow's Red Square 2014-05-03 [RFE?Radio Liberty]


San Marino


Serbia

IWMD 2014 Serbia: SGIGM receives an award for health and safety at the workplace 2014-05-07 [BWI]
Workers Fall Victim To Jobs Scam In Sochi 2014-03-02 [Eurasia Review]
Traffic from Belgrade on Corridor 10 blocked at Vranje 2014-02-13 [InSerbia]


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

Energy Union to Discuss General Strike Over Situation at HSE 2014-07-07 [STA]
Trade Unions to Defend Minimum Wage with All Available Means 2013-09-21 [Slovenska tiskovna agencija]
No Agreement as Talks on Police Strike Continue 2013-07-27 [The Times]


Spain

Huge Rally in Madrid for Right to Strike 2014-07-05 [ITUC]
IndustriALL mourns Lito 2014-07-05 [IndustriALL Global Union]
Unions launch campaign against 'criminalisation' of strikes 2014-07-02 [The Guardian]


Sweden

Workers beat worsening conditions with rail strike 2014-06-27 [ITF news]
Conflict over part time labour stops trains 2014-06-17 [The Nordic Labour Journal]
Chocolate workers back train strike 2014-06-17 [The Local]


Switzerland

CEO-to-worker pay gap grows: union study 2014-06-24 [The Local]
Swiss Parliament votes to ratify Domestic Workers Convention 2014-06-22 [IUF]
Send Amplats boss to Switzerland 2014-05-23 [The Times]


Turkey

Dairy company workers’ strike halted by gendarmerie, union official detained 2014-07-08 [Hurriyet]
141 Workers Killed on the Job in June 2014-07-05 [Bianet]
İstanbul city workers protest no severance pay 2014-07-01 [Zaman]


Ukraine

European trade unions shows solidarity with Ukranian unions under attack 2014-07-08 [European Public Services Union]
Kharkiv Autonomous Workers Union members create social center 2014-06-30 [InfoShop]
Armed groups continue attacks on unions and their leaders 2014-06-25 [ITUC]


UK

Northern Ireland Public sector workers cripple services with one-day strike for pay 2014-07-12 [Belfast Telegraph]
Hundreds of thousands turnout for UK public sector protests 2014-07-11 [UNI Global Union]
TUC counts cost of austerity on public sector pay 2014-07-11 [Guardian]


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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