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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

IDWF - Winner of Jaap Kruithof Award, Belgium 2014-07-21 [IDWF]
Rail strike disrupts international train services 2014-06-30 [Reuters]
Rail strike disrupts links 2014-06-30 [Deutsche Welle]


Bosnia


Bulgaria

Trade Union: ¼ of Bulgarian Households Below Poverty Threshold 2014-07-29 [Novinite]
Bulgaria's Road Building Workers Demand BGN 14M Delayed Payments 2014-07-21 [novinite.com]
Workers with Bulgaria’s Avtomagistrali-Tcherno More block roads 2014-07-15 [Focus]


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

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

Minister quashes indigenous Sámi hopes for more rights under ILO convention 2014-07-29 [YLE]
Finns support tax-deductible union dues 2014-07-25 [Trade Union News from Finland]
VR strike ends, but labour disputes continue 2014-07-20 [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

Bundesbank backs union calls for higher wages: Sensational change in tack 2014-07-24 [UNI Global Union]
Union targets Amazon with fresh strikes 2014-07-18 [The Local]
The Ohlauer crisis: a watershed moment for asylum policy in Germany? 2014-07-15 [Equal Times]


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

Pireaus dock workers withdraw strike threat 2014-07-22 [Seatrade Global]
Strike at Cosco Dock in Greece Ends 2014-07-20 [Greek Reporter]
Strike in Chinese COSCO-run dock 2014-07-19 [The Global Post]


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

James Connolly influenced by Irish born US labour activist 2014-07-29 [irishtimes.com]
New hope for Waterford Crystal staff in pension row 2014-07-29 [irishexaminer.com]
Beer mat campaign targets sex trafficking 2014-07-29 [irishexaminer.com]


Italy

Steelworkers strike against job cuts at Italy's Terni plant 2014-07-28 [Reuters]
Etihad chief aims to seal Alitalia deal as union warns on jobs 2014-07-17 [Reuters]
Threat of refinery strikes 2014-07-15 [Energy Global]


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

New bid to bring unions together 2014-07-28 [The Times]
Filipino worker released from detention centre 2014-07-27 [The Times]
President launches National Trade Union Forum 2014-07-23 [The Times]


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

Aelia workers fight for their rights in Poland airport 2014-07-29 [Radio Labour]
LIDL refuses to bargain, sacks unionists - radio interview ActNOW! 2014-07-18 [Radio Labour]
Warsaw airport workers organize. Union activist dismissed ActNOW! 2014-07-07 [ozzip]


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

Safety Must be a Priority for FIFA 2014-07-24 [BWI]
Sacked unionist warns Moscow metro workers being made scapegoats for death tragedy 2014-07-17 [AFP]
Moscow university professors and LGBT activists protest against dismissal at NArFU. 2014-07-14 [KTR]


San Marino


Serbia

ETUC leader Bernadette Ségol demands Serbian government to come back to dialogue 2014-07-25 [ETUC]
IndustriALL Global Union’s affiliates central in Serbian general strike 2014-07-22 [IndustriALL Global Union]
Serbia: General Strike to Protect Wages & Working Conditions 2014-07-19 [ITUC]


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

Radical anti-capitalist Andalusian Workers Union announces plans to stage an 'occupation' of the Rock in August 2014-07-29 [Telegraph]
'We're going to occupy Gibraltar': radical union 2014-07-28 [The Local]
1,000 Trade Unionists Will Attempt To Occupy Gibraltar On August 29 In Tax Haven Protest 2014-07-28 [The Spain Report]


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

Stop Israel’s Persecution of Palestine 2014-07-28 [uidder.org]
Glass workers' union rights 'violated 2014-07-26 [The Morning Star]
Ban of Turkish Glass Strike taken to ILO with Official Complaint 2014-07-24 [IndustriALL Global Union]


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

Tribunal fees have been a “huge victory for Britain’s worst bosses, says TUC 2014-07-29 [TUC]
Holidays in 'jeopardy' as Passport Office workers went on strike over staff shortages which caused applications backlog 2014-07-29 [Daily Mail]
Northern Ireland Ambulance service review after staff shortage led to 999 delays 2014-07-29 [BBC]


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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