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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

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]
Unions want 1,500 Euro minimum for everyone 2013-11-18 [The Times]


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

Police organise retirement age protest 2014-09-19 [The Gulf Times]
Taxi unions to take on Uber app 2014-09-16 [ITF]
IKEA ACCUSED OF SOCIAL DUMPING AND EXPLOITATION 2014-09-15 [Equal Times]


Bosnia


Bulgaria

Bobov Dol Miners Join Strike of Colleagues in Burgas 2014-09-20 [novinite.com]
More Miners on strike 2014-09-19 [Focus]
Other 20 miners join strike 300 meters under the ground in Burgas 2014-09-19 [Focus]


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

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

Metalworkers Union join Industry to express Danish commitment to TransAtlantic Trade Agreement 2014-07-16 [FT]
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]


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

Industry unions support building new nuclear power plant 2014-09-19 [Trade Union News from Finland]
One day industrial action in Helsinki against corporatisation of public services 2014-09-16 [JHL]
Finnair to replace domestic labour with Far East rental employees 2014-09-10 [Trade Union News from Finland]


France

Air France scraps 60pct of flights as unions reject strike offer 2014-09-19 [AFP]
Air France Pilot Strike Continues, Wreaking Havoc on Travel Around the World 2014-09-19 [Mashable]
Air France pilots' strike enters fifth day 2014-09-19 [France 24]


Georgia

Know your rights at work 2014-09-04 [GTUC]
The government accepted the GTUC proposal – part of the public sector employees will start working at 9.30 AM 2014-09-03 [GTUC]
Historic words from US President Barack Obama in support of Trade Unions 2014-09-02 [GTUC]


Germany

Volkswagen AG's German workers will seek above-inflation pay rise 2014-09-19 [ET Auto]
Pilots at Lufthansa to strike on Tuesday 2014-09-15 [ABC]
Lufthansa pilots to strike at Munich airport on Wednesday 2014-09-09 [Deutsche Welle]


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

Solidarity with Greek Finance Ministry cleaners 2014-09-20 [TUC]
Greece's PAME union plans Athens protest rally for November 1 2014-09-08 [Ekathimerini]
Cuts to crisis-era taxes not enough says union 2014-09-07 [Euronews]


Hungary

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]
Teachers’ union urges school management changes 2014-06-30 [Politics.hu]


Iceland

Union Official Worried About Tourism Industry Workers 2014-09-02 [Grapevine]
Demanded Fair Wage And Got Fired 2014-08-04 [Grapevine]
Labor Union Calls Off Strike At Icelandair 2014-06-19 [The Wall Street Journal]


Ireland

Social care workers to get better pay for overnight duties 2014-09-19 [RTE]
Hopes grow for end to Aer Lingus pension row 2014-09-18 [The Irish Times]
End in sight for workers’ pension battle 2014-09-13 [Irish Examiner]


Italy

PM Renzi, unions clash over cuts, labor reforms 2014-09-20 [Reuters]
Fiat to suspend output at Italian plant as demand falls: union 2014-09-20 [Reuters]
Divisions open in Renzi's party over Jobs Act 2014-09-19 [Gazzetta del Sud]


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

GWU launches Prison Warders Union 2014-08-13 [The Times]
UHM on MEA proposals 2014-08-11 [The Malta Independent]
Collective agreement for academic staff signed 2014-08-07 [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

Volunteers and interns are replacing regular workers, union warns 2014-08-26 [Expatica]
Dutch pilots want risk assessments on air space from the government 2014-08-15 [Dutch News]
ARE THE DUTCH LABOUR REFORMS A HELP OR A HINDRANCE TO WORKERS? 2014-06-23 [Equal Times]


Norway

Offshore workers sit at home without pay 2014-09-05 [Stavanger Aftenblad]
'Very dramatic situation,' oil industry union leader says 2014-09-03 [Stavanger Aftenblad]
Teacher strike intensifies as schools re-open 2014-08-27 [Education International]


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

Lisbon metro workers to strike again on September 25 2014-09-11 [The News]
Strike brings Lisbon metro to halt in morning rush hour 2014-09-10 [The News]
Lisbon Metro workers strike 2014-09-10 [The News]


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

Attackers of BBC News Team in Russia Must Answer for Crimes, say IFJ/EFJ 2014-09-20 [IFJ]
IFJ/EFJ Stand in Solidarity with Russian Journalists to Remember Fallen Colleagues 2014-09-12 [IFJ]
Workers Go on Hunger Strike to Protest Low Wages in Health Sector 2014-09-10 [The Times]


San Marino


Serbia

Fiat temporarily closes factory 2014-09-09 [In]
Employers want salaries cut by 25 percent 2014-08-10 [B92]
Trade Unions Protest Against Amendments to Labour Law 2014-08-06 [BWI]


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

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]
Trade Unions to Defend Minimum Wage with All Available Means 2013-09-21 [Slovenska tiskovna agencija]


Spain

Granada hotel, bar and restaurant staff continue strike over reduced pay and lack of job security 2014-09-14 [Gnomes]
Iberia airline workers clash with police during strike - video 2014-08-31 [The Guardian]
Madrid airport staff to strike in late August 2014-08-21 [The Local]


Sweden

Former union leader welcomed as he is elected Swedish PM 2014-09-19 [IndustriALL Global Union]
NUMSA Statement Congratulating Cde Stefan Lofven for winning Election 2014-09-17 [Cosatu]
From orphanage to power -- the rise of Sweden's likely new leader 2014-09-15 [AFP]


Switzerland

Railway gets order barring strike 2014-09-15 [The Observer]
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]


Turkey

Press union: AK Party has eye on media earnings 2014-09-18 [Zaman]
Safety a Concern in Turkey Construction Industry 2014-09-18 [VoA]
Tell Turkey’s dairy giant Sütas to stop its shameful attack on human rights! 2014-09-15 [IUF]


Ukraine

Stop Harassing and victimizing Anastasia Podpruzhnikova and Trade Union organizer Pavlo Vezdenetsky. 2014-08-20 [ www.ukrainesolidarity.co.uk]
Medical workers of KVPU help Ukrainian soldiers in the ATO zone 2014-08-20 [kvpu.org.ua]
European trade unions shows solidarity with Ukranian unions under attack 2014-07-08 [European Public Services Union]


UK

Build on the renewed interest in politics, prompted by the referendum, urges TUC 2014-09-20 [TUC]
Build on the renewed interest in politics, prompted by the referendum, urges TUC 2014-09-20 [TUC]
NHS head suggests incentives for employers to keep staff healthy 2014-09-19 [FT]


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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