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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

IFJ and EFJ ask for a full investigation into attacks on media workers by Police at a demonstration in Armenia 2015-06-27 [IFJ]
Workers at Narit Plant not paid salaries 2015-06-25 [Armen Press]
Nairit Saga: PM promises chemical plant workers’ back wages will be paid by yearend 2015-05-22 [Armenia Now]


Austria

IFJ/EFJ attend conference in Vienna about journalists’ safety, media freedom and pluralism in times of conflict 2015-06-16 [IFJ]
Austrian Unemployment at record high: Work Agency Chairman Mr. Johannes Kopf should start to work rather than fuel the sentiment against unemployed people! 2015-04-11 [Active Unemployed Austria]
Suspend consideration of partner income at the Unemployment Assistance! 2015-02-05 [Active Unemployed Austria]


Azerbaijan

IFJ and EFJ launch digital safety tips ahead of Baku Games 2015-06-16 [IFJ]
AZERBAIJAN: RUTHLESS REPRESSION IN THE SHADOW OF THE FIRST EUROPEAN GAMES 2015-06-10 [Equal Times]
IFJ/EFJ call on Azeri President to release seven jailled journalists 2015-05-28 [IFJ]


Belarus

One of the terrible ten worst countries for workers’ rights 2015-06-16 [Stronger Unions]
All-China Federation of Trade Unions to examine Belarus' health resort treatment practices 2015-06-14 [Belarusian News]
Nation listed in top ten of worst countries for workers 2015-06-13 [charter97]


Belgium

IDWF: Winner of the 'Organising International Solidarity' Silver Rose Award 2015-05-04 [SOLIDAR]
More strike action threatened 2015-04-23 [The Global Post]
Brussels hit by transport strike 2015-04-22 [The Telegraph]


Bosnia


Bulgaria

1,000 interior ministry employees protest in front of parliament Saturday 2015-06-14 [Focus]
Trade Unions Ready to Organize Strike over Funding Shortage at Bulgaria’s Maritsa Iztok Mines 2015-06-11 [Novinite]
Anarcho-syndicalists support protest of bar workers at the Golden Sands resort 2015-03-14 [Libcom]


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

Doctors refuse to punch in time cards 2015-06-27 [The Mail]
EAC workers hold two-hour strike 2015-06-26 [The Mail]
Cyprus: Port workers to strike on Thursday 2015-04-29 [The Shipping News]


Czech Republic

Unions at VW's Czech unit Skoda raise strike threat over pay hikes 2015-04-17 [Reuters]
Škoda Auto trade unions threaten strike 2015-04-16 [Prague Post]
Unions at VW unit issue strike threat 2015-04-10 [Canadian Labour Reporter]


Denmark

Danes and Ryanair Continue to Tussle Over Fair Treatment of Workers 2015-06-23 [Skift]
Ryanair Clashes With Denmark Over Labor Laws 2015-06-23 [Bloomberg]
Copenhagen mayor bans 45,000 staff from flying Ryanair 2015-05-19 [independent.ie]


Estonia

Employers' confederation proposes minimum wage increase by 2017 2015-05-26 [The Baltic Times]
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]


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

JHL negotiates on new collective agreements in every sector 2015-06-26 [JHL]
Major victory for employees in a long struggle for a collective agreement 2015-06-25 [Trade Union News from Finland]
Unions, employers strike wage deal 2015-06-18 [Canadian Labour Reporter]


France

Days after taxi union protests, French authorities take Uber execs into custody 2015-06-30 [arstechnica]
Total union calls national strike against La Mede refinery halt 2015-06-29 [Reuters]
Air France denies reports of 3300 job cuts 2015-06-28 [The Local]


Georgia

New Trade Union of Railway Workers’ held an extraordinary board meeting. 2015-06-28 [GTUC]
Strike in Kutaisi 2015-06-28 [GTUC]
Vibrant labour movement in Georgia growing 2015-06-26 [IndustriALL Global Union]


Germany

Privatization 'hindered growth' in post-Wall eastern Germany 2015-06-27 [Deutsche Welle]
German teachers rally against low pay 2015-06-27 [The Local]
1500 Amazon workers hold rally in Germany for better working conditions 2015-06-25 [UNI Global Union]


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

Bank Closures: Political Failure, Economic Fiasco 2015-06-30 [ITUC]
Sailors call off ferry strike until after Greeks vote on currency crisis 2015-06-29 [eKathimerini]
El intento de la troika de alterar el principio de acuerdo con Grecia es intolerable 2015-06-28 [CCOO]


Hungary

Mayors to farm out public workers to local companies for HUF 500 a day 2015-06-26 [Budapest Beacon]
No new Berlin Walls. ETUC shocked by Hungarian plan to put up a 175 km wall 2015-06-20 [ETUC]
Ousted head of trade union claims he was victim of coup by anti-Semites and racists 2015-06-20 [Politics.hu]


Iceland

Nurse dispute resolved, 18.6% rise 2015-06-29 [Morgunbladid]
Parliament slammed for ignoring nurses 2015-06-26 [Morgunbladid]
Industrial Workers Sign Agreement, Strikes Averted 2015-06-24 [The Review]


Ireland

SIPTU move to protect County Limerick credit union employees 2015-06-29 [Limerick Post]
Ervia unions to refer non-payment of bonuses to LRC 2015-06-29 [RTÉ]
Man sacked on Christmas Eve for taking out his own bins awarded €9,600 2015-06-29 [The Journal]


Italy

Public-sector wage freeze illegal: top court 2015-06-28 [The Local]
Marino tells unions no threat to workers' salaries 2015-06-20 [Gazetta del Sud]
Italian and British trade unions join in opposing Prime Minister Cameron’s agenda for Europe 2015-06-19 [TUC]


Latvia

Health and Social Care Employees' Union to hold rally on April 20 2015-03-18 [The Baltic Course]
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]


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 working to safeguard health workers interest 2015-06-29 [The Malta Independent]
De La Rue workers claim management, GWU, ‘hid drastic changes’ made to collective agreement 2015-06-24 [The Independent]
Union defies Air Malta chairwoman on €1 million cost-cutting plan 2015-06-16 [Today]


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

Amsterdam prison workers, tax staff ready labor strike 2015-06-10 [The Times]
Train workers union reaches deal on new NS contract 2015-06-05 [The Times]
Unions, employers fight over permanent contracts 2015-05-02 [The Times]


Norway

'Ban au pairs to stop abuse': Norway national union centre 2015-06-28 [The Local]
Oil rig workers reach wage deal 2015-06-26 [Canadian Labour Reporter]
Rig Workers Agree Wage Deal, Avoid Strike 2015-06-26 [RigZone]


Poland

IFJ & EFJ condemn the murder of journalist beaten to death 2015-06-24 [NUJ]
Big Gdansk container terminal bans dock union organisers 2015-03-19 [ITF]
Coal miners wage militant struggle against privatisation - PM 2015-03-07 [Coal Guru]


Portugal

Strike against privatisation shuts Lisbon metro 2015-06-26 [Yahoo]
Lisbon subway shuts again as workers reject private company 2015-06-26 [The Times-Union]
Ambulance service guarantees A&E cover despite overtime strike 2015-06-24 [The News]


Romania

Minister resigns after offensive statement about migrant workers 2015-06-14 [Romania Insider]
Minister quits after 'thugs and prostitutes' comment about Romanians working abroad 2015-06-14 [DW]
Dacia to shed jobs to increase competitiveness 2015-05-08 [UT]


Russia

Widespread lay offs in Russia auto industry 2015-06-11 [NPR]
Why low-paid migrant workers are fleeing Moscow 2015-06-11 [Guardian]
Workers go unpaid for months as corruption tarnishes Russia's new showpiece cosmodrome 2015-05-31 [AFP]


San Marino


Serbia

Unions announce end of educators' strike 2015-04-27 [B92]
Teachers’ protest finally ends 2015-04-23 [In Serbia]
Teachers strike, classes suspended in Cacak, Gornji Milanovac, Krusevac 2015-03-24 [IN News]


Slovakia

Workers for Bratislava borough Vrakuňa announce strike alert 2015-05-14 [The Spectator]
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]


Slovenia

Unions File Minimum Wage Initiative 2015-05-15 [STA]
Employers, Minister for Dialogue on Minimum Wage 2015-04-01 [STA]
Port Representatives Urge For Better Worker Protection 2015-03-14 [STA]


Spain

Labour activist ' hugging Grandma' sworn in as Mayor of Madrid 2015-06-15 [France 24]
Air traffic control strike continues for second day 2015-06-10 [The Local]
British tourists face travel chaos as strikes by Spanish air traffic controllers threaten to disrupt holidays 2015-06-07 [Daily Mail]


Sweden

H&M Banks on a Fashion-Conscious Fashion Conscience 2015-06-29 [JG]
Organising and winning in the new world of work 2015-06-18 [UNI Global Union]
Men To Get Three Months of Mandatory Paid Paternity Leave 2015-06-01 [Jezebel]


Switzerland

Unions target Switzerland over Glencore 2015-06-26 [IndustriALL Global Union]
Union raps Swiss executive pay rises 2015-06-23 [The Local]
The future cement giant LafargeHolcim ignores the voice of employees 2015-06-19 [BWI]


Turkey

Disabled workers fired for protesting 2015-06-29 [Zamen]
News Website Fined 5,250 Turkish Lira for Insulting Female Unionist 2015-06-28 [Bianet]
Ankara summons Israeli diplomat after journalists, NGO workers, union officials, refused entry 2015-06-27 [Cihan]


Ukraine

International solidarity puts the break on interrogations of union leaders and activists 2015-06-24 [IndustriALL Global Union]
ITUC Protests Security Service Harrassement of Unions 2015-06-20 [ITUC]
Trade unions, 'Credit Maidan' rally outside Rada to demand lustration, wage indexation 2015-06-16 [RBTH]


UK

Relax workplace dress codes to help staff cope with this week’s heatwave, says TUC 2015-06-30 [TUC]
England Runcorn Strike Ballot 2015-06-30 [GMB]
MET silent on blacklist spy 2015-06-29 [Morning Star]


Vatican City

Teachers should be paid more says Pope 2015-05-27 [Tesconnect]
Pope Francis demands equal pay for women, calls pay gap 'Pure scandal' 2015-05-01 [NBC]
Not to share wealth with the poor is to steal: Pope slams capitalism as new tyranny 2015-04-28 [rt.com]
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