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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

Press conference entitled: labor law, trade unions, the legislation problems 2016-05-05 [ANA]
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]


Austria

Unions call on new government to reject EU-Canada CETA trade deal 2016-06-04 [IUF]
HIV-positive man awarded damages for unfair dismissal 2016-02-07 [The Local]
Macondo: Austria’s refugee reality in microcosm 2015-09-15 [Equal Times]


Azerbaijan

Journalist Khadija Ismayilova released on probation 2016-05-31 [IFJ]
Rights Activist Leyla Yunus Freed From Jail In Azerbaijan 2015-12-10 [RFE/Radio Liberty]
Two Azerbaijani oil workers released from hospital 2015-12-09 [Trend]


Belarus

14-second video considered act of public disorder in Belarus 2016-05-19 [IndustriALL]
Unions in Belarus report new violations 2016-05-10 [IndustriALL]
Belarus fines freelance journalist for working with “foreign media” 2016-01-14 [European Federation of Journalists]


Belgium

General strike: “a clear message” to Kris Peeters 2016-06-25 [The Times]
Namur warders vote to continue strike 2016-06-04 [The Times]
Halt to cuts in public services! 2016-06-02 [Education International]


Bosnia


Bulgaria

May Day in Sofia 2016-05-05 [Focus]
Protest of Bulgarian GPs Grows Further as Ten More Regions Join 2016-03-31 [novinite.com]
Protest of General Practitioners Spreads to Five Other Bulgarian Regions 2016-03-29 [novinite.com]


Croatia

Unions Mark the International Workers’ Day 2016-05-02 [TCN]
Government and Public Sector Unions to start negotiations on salary Increase 2016-03-21 [Croatia News]
Strike in Schools and Universities Ends 2015-10-03 [Total News]


Cyprus

Labour unions calls for heat wave changes 2016-06-24 [In-Cyprus]
Ground services at airports could go on strike 2016-05-31 [In-Cyprus]
Port workers strike during disciplinary hearing for union boss 2016-05-30 [The Shipping News]


Czech Republic

Prague transport union on strike alert over dismissal of DPP head 2016-05-20 [The Daily Monitor]
State employees reach historic agreement 2015-12-23 [The Post]
Czech airline flight attendants to go on 3-day strike 2015-08-24 [AP]


Denmark

Taxi drivers in Copenhagen demonstrated against Uber 2016-02-15 [Copenhagen Post]
Police overworked due to increased focus on terrorism 2016-02-15 [Copenhagen Post]
Opening the labour market for vulnerable citizens 2016-02-12 [Nordic Labour Journal]


Estonia

Tallink to increase payroll of ship crew members by 5.3% 2015-12-28 [The Baltic Course]
LabourStart appeal backs Estonian activist sacked for speaking out ActNOW! 2015-10-21 [ITF]
Trade Unions called for a 1-year minimum wage agreement 2015-09-17 [Baltic Course]


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

Plans for a new trade union confederation come to nought 2016-06-18 [Trade Union News from Finland]
Competitiveness Pact signed covering 86.5 per cent of employees 2016-06-15 [Trade Union News from Finland]
New SAK President Jarkko Eloranta: Fragmenting forms of work demand modern trade union movement approach 2016-06-09 [Trade Union News from Finland]


France

Thousands of French workers march in protest of controversial labour reforms bill 2016-06-29 [The Star]
Paris labour reform protest takes place without violence 2016-06-24 [The Star]
Paris protest march to go ahead after govt climbdown 2016-06-23 [AFP]


Georgia

Coal Miners, Factory Workers Win Two Key Strikes 2016-03-19 [Solidarity Center]
Union victory after month-long glass strike 2016-03-15 [IndustriALL Global Union]
How Can We Politicize Labor Rights? 2016-03-09 [World Policy]


Germany

Trade union fights promotion of anti-Semitic member 2016-06-06 [Jerusalem Post]
How your boss can still pay lower than the minimum wage 2016-05-30 [The Local]
Glunz: regional collective deal back on in Nettgau 2016-05-30 [EUWID]


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

Wednesday’s railway strike postponed, but Tuesday’s proceeding as planned 2016-06-21 [Kathimerini]
WITH IDOMENI CLOSED, WILL EUROPE KEEP ITS PROMISE? 2016-06-20 [Equal Times]
Civil aviation workers suspend strike after talks with government 2016-06-18 [eKathimerini]


Hungary

Municipal employees hold two-hour strike 2016-06-24 [The Budapest Beacon]
Secretary for education hints at more reforms, criticizes teachers 2016-06-24 [The Budapest Beacon]
Gvt promises health care workers wages to double until 2019 2016-06-18 [Hungary Today]


Iceland

150 Polish People Working For Icelandair Paying 7 Times The Usual Rent 2016-05-31 [Grapevine]
Forced Labour Case In Reykjavík Under Investigation 2016-05-22 [The Grapevine]
May 1 Celebrated with Rallies 2016-05-08 [Iceland Review]


Ireland

Central Remedial Clinic staff to ballot for strike action over pension row 2016-06-29 [Live]
The people who make Ireland's money are going on strike 2016-06-28 [The Journal]
GRA to meet over impasse on Lansdowne Road Agreement 2016-06-24 [RTÉ]


Italy

Calabria's migrant workers protest over 'racist' shooting 2016-06-20 [The Local]
Draft bill to tighten criminal penalties for defamation 2016-05-31 [IFJ]
Rome risks rubbish pile-up as binmen strike 2016-05-31 [The Local]


Latvia

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]
One-day warning strike to improve salaries and dialogue 2015-12-12 [Education International]


Liechtenstein


Lithuania

PM claims education workers' strikes influenced by Russia 2016-02-27 [Baltic Times]
LITHUANIA ATTEMPTS TO TACKLE ITS ALCOHOL CRISIS WITH WELFARE CUTS 2016-02-15 [Equal Times]
'No to slavery at work' - unions call protest action [PDF] 2015-08-24 [Lithuanian Trade Union Coordination Centre]


Luxembourg

Luxembourg pension fund bans Israel investment 2014-02-25 [i24news Israel]
Luxembourg unions celebrate dispute victory 2013-08-01 [ITF news]


Macedonia

SGIP starts a new campaign on Health and Safety at Work 2016-05-11 [BWI Global Union]
The anguish of migrants in Macedonia 2015-07-30 [Equal Times]
THE ANGUISH OF MIGRANTS IN MACEDONIA 2015-07-28 [Equal Times]


Malta

Voice of the Workers 2016-06-26 [uhm.org.mt]
Unions will not endorse hospitals deal if not fully briefed 2016-06-17 [The Times]
Protecting workers from cancerous chemicals 2016-06-16 [Voice of the Workersa]


Moldova

Meetings, services and victim support for IWMD16 2016-04-23 [ITUC]
Free Sergei Ilchenko! Free speech! 2015-07-15 [People and Nature]
Journalist Sergei Ilchenko jailed on extremism charges in Moldova’s Transdniester region 2015-04-02 [Council of Europe]


Monaco


Netherlands

Polish workers still being exploited by jobs agencies: report 2016-06-28 [DutchNews]
Schiphol ground workers celebrate wins 2016-06-10 [ITF Global Union]
Schiphol ground workers celebrate wins 2016-06-08 [ITF]


Norway

Oil and gas workers headed for major strike 2016-06-29 [Splash 24/7]
Oil Ticks Higher As Norway’s Oil Workers Threaten Strike 2016-06-29 [Barron's]
Oil prices climb on strike threat 2016-06-28 [Wall Street Journal]


Poland

Celebration as Polish dockers’ union wins new deal 2016-04-26 [ITF Global Union]
Polish workers are undermining Amazon’s anti-union playbook 2016-04-02 [The Jacobin]
UNI calls for action against Smurfit Kappa’s attack on unions 2016-02-13 [UNI Global Union]


Portugal

Airport handling union calls 3-day strike for July, demands state intervention 2016-06-09 [The News]
Police help Lisbon port move cargo amid dock workers' strike 2016-05-24 [The Union-Tribune]
Ports Set for More Disruption from Strike Action 2016-05-24 [Ship & Bunker]


Romania

Bucharest’s housing crisis: post-Communist restitution victimises Roma 2016-05-27 [Equal Times]
Government comes up with new law on public wages 2016-05-18 [ Romania Insider]
Marching miners reach Bucharest 2016-04-19 [euronews]


Russia

Another strike over unpaid wages at 2018 World Cup stadium in Russia 2016-06-18 [BWI Global Union]
Unions agree high-level Crimea mission and plan of action on protection of journalists 2016-06-02 [IFJ]
Gruesome footage: Construction worker sews mouth shut, protesting unpaid wages 2016-05-18 [Daily Mirror]


San Marino


Serbia

Unions in Serbia mark International Workers' Memorial Day 2016-05-14 [BWI Global Union]
Brain Drain as Medics Go West 2016-01-26 [Balkan Insight]
Trade union struggle contributes to ending discrimination against female public servants 2015-10-20 [Education International]


Slovakia

Home Personal Finance Careers The Balance Get email alerts It’s better to be a working woman in Slovakia than America 2016-03-07 [MarketWatch]
Indefinite teachers strike starts 2016-01-26 [libcom.org]
Indefinite teachers strike has started 2016-01-26 [libcom]


Slovenia

Trade unions and Gvt to go over deal to end police strike 2016-05-31 [STA]
Unions demand new regulations on occupational health 2016-04-23 [sta]
Energy workers suspending strike 2016-04-16 [STA]


Spain

Spain’s crusade against animal cruelty gathers momentum 2016-05-26 [Equal Times]
Madrid Metro Workers Conclude Three-Day Strike 2016-05-24 [Prensa Latina]
Europe’s choice: renew its social model… or yield to populism 2016-05-18 [Equal Times]


Sweden

Victory for construction workers’ strike in Sweden – new agreement promoting equality and diversity 2016-04-26 [BWI Global Union]
Honour the workers killed 2016-04-23 [ITUC]
Swedish foodworkers fighting Findus factory closure by asset strippers Nomad Foods 2016-04-11 [IUF]


Switzerland

Voters reject plan for a guaranteed basic income for every citizen 2016-06-06 [BBC]
Voters reject basic income grant for all 2016-06-06 [AlJazeera]
As China slows, Swiss watchmakers cut jobs 2016-05-22 [The Review]


Turkey

ITF comment on cowardly Ataturk Airport attacks 2016-06-30 [ITF Global Union]
ITUC Condemns Istanbul Airport Attack 2016-06-30 [ITUC]
Turkey: IndustriALL mourns and condemns slaughter at Istanbul airport 2016-06-29 [IndustriALL]


Ukraine

Miner Refused to Leave the Mine in Protest 2016-06-24 [КВПУ]
Workers of Mine #2 “Novogrodivska” Are on Hunder Strike at the President Administration Office 2016-06-23 [kvpu.org.ua]
KVPU: Disabled miners went on hunger strike 2016-06-17 [http://perc.ituc-csi.org/]


UK

Unions prepare for new Corbyn campaign after revolt 2016-06-29 [The Guardian]
Three million part-time women workers excluded from workplace pensions, says new TUC report 2016-06-29 [TUC]
Working people must not continue paying for government failures, says TUC 2016-06-29 [TUC]


Vatican City

Vatican commits to slavery-proofing its own supply chains 2016-01-19 [Albany Times Union]
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]
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