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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

Artsakh Trade Unions Hold 3rd Congress 2014-12-26 [Asbarez]
Rubber workers protest over unpaid wages 2014-12-19 [IndustriALL Global Union]
Nairit workers threaten to block Bagratuniats Street 2014-12-06 [Aysor]


Austria

From eAMS to Skill Matching: Computers cannot conjure up meaningful work 2014-12-21 [Aufrecht bestehen]
International day of human rights: Active Unemployed Austria calls for a vigil in front of the ministry for social affairs to draw attention to the increasing violation of social human rights! 2014-12-05 [Active Unemployed Austria]
Disability Pension: Rudolf Hundstorfer, Minister for Social Affairs, puts more pressure on the weakest 2014-12-04 [Active Unemployed Austria]


Azerbaijan

Executive Committee of General Confederation of Trade Unions convenes in Baku 2014-10-23 [News.Az]
President receives Secretary General of Int'l Confederation of Trade Unions 2014-10-23 [News.Az]
Stop harassment and legal action against leading investigative journalist 2014-10-18 [IFJ]


Belarus

In Belarus, women need not apply for work in 181 occupations 2014-11-16 [Open Democracy]
Workers on hunger strike detained by police in Babruisk 2014-11-11 [Charter 97]
In Babruisk workers went on indefinite hunger strike 18 2014-11-10 [Charter 97]


Belgium

Belgium grinds to a halt for one-day general strike 2014-12-19 [The Guardian]
General strike over public sector cuts 2014-12-16 [EUobserbver]
General strike over austerity program sees nation grind to a halt 2014-12-16 [Guardian]


Bosnia


Bulgaria

Trade union of prison workers in Bulgaria to meet with Justice Ministry officials 2015-01-28 [Focus]
Trade union of prison workers in Bulgaria meets with Justice Ministry officials 2015-01-28 [Focus]
Trade union of prison workers to meet with Justice Ministry officials 2015-01-26 [Focus]


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

Cyta unions oppose telco privatisation 2015-01-30 [The Mirror]
Port workers strike over Larnaca delays 2015-01-29 [Cyprus Mail]
Larnaca dockers to go on strike 2015-01-24 [The Mail]


Czech Republic

Škoda Auto unions may strike 2015-01-30 [The Post]
Tesco faces strike 2015-01-14 [The Guardian]
Tesco union gives strike warning over closures 2015-01-13 [Reuters]


Denmark

Making a Living Wage in Fast Food 2015-01-30 [The Daily Meal]
Teacher unions receive ILO support in lockout case 2015-01-08 [Education International]
Christmas strike feared after SAS buys Cimber 2014-12-10 [The Local]


Estonia

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]
Agreement With Energy Unions Staves Off Strike 2013-03-28 [ERR]


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

Feeling of ‘not being enough’ haunts overworked nurses 2015-01-29 [YLE News]
Citizens’ initiative to end zero-hours contracts 2015-01-28 [Trade Union News from Finland]
Children unnecessarily burdened by parental work stress 2015-01-25 [YLE]


France

Unions turn lights off on French prime minister 2015-01-29 [Reuters]
Truckers to suspend Total refineries blockade for talks 2015-01-29 [Reuters]
Paris commuters face chaos as strike goes on 2015-01-29 [The Local]


Georgia

Stricter work conditions at the Ministry of Internal Affairs 2015-01-18 [GTUC]
Rights to work for persons with disabilities 2015-01-18 [GTUC]
ITF watchful over Georgia rail agreement 2014-12-23 [ITF Global Union]


Germany

Strikes cause flight cancelations at airports 2015-01-30 [Mashable]
IG Metall stages warning strikes in engineering industry 2015-01-29 [Reuters]
Workers Strike Over Pay 2015-01-29 [The Wall Street Journal]


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

'Greece has given Europe a lesson of democracy, and the right answer to austerity, ' says Rosa Pavanelli 2015-01-28 [PSI]
Voters Reject Austerity, Time for Negotiation 2015-01-27 [ITUC]
The Greek people have voted No to Austerity 2015-01-27 [UNI Global Union]


Hungary

Culture Workers Union demands European standard wages 2015-01-24 [Budapest Beacon]
55,000 jobs threatened by new retail laws, unions, employers warn 2015-01-24 [Budapest Beacon]
Tesco laying off more than 500 workers in Hungary 2015-01-24 [Politics.hu]


Iceland

Collective agreement victory ends Icelandair dispute 2015-01-15 [ITF]
Global commute for Kiwi meat workers 2014-11-20 [The Herald]
Bus Drivers Told They Will Be Fired For Complaining 2014-09-29 [Grapevine]


Ireland

Nearly 4,000 in Cork to march against water charges 2015-02-01 [The Irish Times]
B&Q workers go to court over bonus withdrawal 2015-01-31 [The Irish Times]
NUI Galway appoints chairperson for gender equality task force 2015-01-30 [RTÉ]


Italy

Campagnolo Hit by Strikes after Restructuring Plan 2015-01-30 [Bike Europe]
IFJ Leaders Pay Tribute to Killed Journalists at the FNSI Congress in Italy 2015-01-29 [IFJ]
Bank employees in nationwide strike Friday 2015-01-28 [Gazetta del Sud]


Latvia

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]
Teachers prepare to strike over salaries 2013-11-09 [Baltic Times]


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 stops transfers of Enemalta corporation workers 2015-02-01 [The Malta Independent]
UHM halts transfers at EneMalta 2015-01-31 [Malta Today]
UHM asks if fuel market is liberalised 2015-01-28 [little rock.com]


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

Union kicks back at Rotterdam 2015-01-22 [Port Strategy]
news_1 Share on Facebook Tweet This Share on Google+ ITF repeats call for Rotterdam dialogue as dockers protest 2015-01-21 [ITF Global Union]
Dockworker union protests automation at Rotterdam port terminal 2015-01-21 [JOC]


Norway

Huge strike in Norway after proposed changes to working laws 2015-01-29 [UNI Global Union]
Political Strike Continues, Transportation System Stops 2015-01-29 [The Nordic Page]
Strike: Norway at a stand-still 2015-01-28 [Norway Post]


Poland

Strike and protest action in Polish mining industry 2015-01-30 [Solidarność]
Coal Miners Strike over Planned Job Cuts 2015-01-29 [World Coal]
JSW Tumbles as Miners Strike to Protest Benefit Cuts 2015-01-28 [Bloomberg]


Portugal

Government imposes layoff ban in TAP airline privatisation 2015-01-16 [Reuters]
Telecom workers seek suspension of EGM 2015-01-13 [TelecomPaper]
PT union not satisfied with Altice talks 2015-01-05 [telecompaper]


Romania

Protests Continue at Dacia Romania as Workers Ask for More Money 2015-01-08 [Autoevolution]
Public workers stage vuvuzela pay protest 2014-10-08 [Reuters]
Workers protest salaries, underfunded health-care 2014-10-08 [Yahoo]


Russia

ITF dockers act in solidarity with imprisoned Russian union leader 2015-01-28 [ITF Global Union]
Migrant workers impacted by new migration regulations and economic downturn 2015-01-27 [BWI]
The IFJ and the EFJ call for the release of Sergei Reznik 2015-01-23 [IFJ]


San Marino


Serbia

Government plans to bankrupt 188 state firms, trim 5,000 jobs 2015-01-03 [Reuters]
Education workers’ trade unions stage protest 2014-12-27 [In Serbia]
Ratification of ILO Convention 94 used as a basis for the work on blacklisting of companies 2014-12-11 [BWI]


Slovakia

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]
Volkswagen workers brace for full-blown strike 2014-05-03 [The Spectator]


Slovenia

Unions Want Higher Standard of Living in 2015 2015-01-06 [STA]
Unions and Parliament Officials Discuss Youth Unemployment 2014-12-11 [STA]
Ljubljana University Sounds the Alarm Over Funding 2014-12-11 [STA]


Spain

Benalmadena gardeners call strike for Monday 2015-01-31 [Euro Weekly]
Airport operator unions call 25-day strike from IPO debut 2015-01-29 [Reuters]
Dozens of Iberia Flights Canceled Amid Strike 2015-01-17 [The Union-Gazette]


Sweden

Huge job cuts at Gothenburg ball bearing plant 2015-01-29 [The Local]
Half of young Swedes are in temporary jobs 2014-11-20 [The Local]
Public Sector Union leader made Minister in new Swedish Social Democrat/Green govt 2014-10-05 [EPSU]


Switzerland

Swiss to Compensate Workers Hurt by Franc 2015-01-28 [The Wall Street Journal]
Union leaders drive home demands at Davos 2015-01-23 [ITF]
Unions attack SNB over cap removal 2015-01-20 [Swiss Info]


Turkey

Metalworkers’ strike banned in Turkey 2015-01-31 [IndustriALL Global Union]
Gvt suspends workers’ strike in metal sector 2015-01-31 [Hurriyet Daily News]
Cabinet steps in to stop national metalworkers strike - delayed for 60 days 2015-01-31 [BGN Ndews]


Ukraine

Miners from All Over Ukraine Protest at the Cabinets of Ministers 2015-01-29 [http://kvpu.org.ua/]
Separatists in Donbass murdered Ivan Reznichenko, the Head of NPGU at “Artemsil” 2015-01-16 [kvpu.org.ua]
Trade unions give government cuts a resounding ‘thumbs down’ 2015-01-08 [Education International]


UK

Unite calls for immediate action on job losses at oil industry summit or risk ‘another Piper Alpha’ 2015-02-01 [Unite]
Usdaw statement on Morrisons proposal to change staff pension provision 2015-02-01 [Usdaw]
Unite’s Executive Council agrees Labour donation of £1.5 million 2015-01-30 [Unite the Union]


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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