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Labour news from Europe


Albania

In Albania, call centre workers are organising for better working conditions 2019-07-09 [Equal Times]
Call centre workers are organising for better working conditions 2019-07-09 [Equal Times]
Albania: from union congress resolution to new law 2019-07-01 [IndustriALL]


Andorra

Principality witnesses first strike since 1933 2018-03-16 [The Digital Journal]


Armenia

Unions gather for a regional meeting in Armenia 2017-10-05 [IndustriALL]
Unionists underpin role of education in teaching human rights and values 2017-04-08 [Education International ]
Defending Armenia’s Workers – Is Class Struggle on the Agenda? 2016-09-11 [hetq]


Austria

Croatian journalist Danijel Majić attacked by extreme right-wing TV presenter in Austria 2019-05-29 [EFJ]
Ibiza video scandal shows vital role of journalism 2019-05-20 [EFJ]
FPÖ politician threatens ORF journalist after critical interview 2019-04-30 [EFJ]


Azerbaijan

State Academic Musical Theater workers awarded 2019-07-06 [MENAFN]
Unions in Moldova and Azerbaijan sign a cooperation agreement 2019-05-14 [ILO ACTRAV]
Country violated the rights of investigative journalist Khadija Ismayilova 2019-01-12 [EFJ]


Belarus

Ahead of European games in Minsk, EFJ urges Belarusian authorities to respect press freedom 2019-06-15 [EFJ]
Guidelines for foreign journalists covering the upcoming European Games 2019-06-06 [IFJ]
Does Belarus’ mandatory work placement scheme exploit or benefit university students? 2019-05-01 [Equal Times]


Belgium

Court of appeal decision threatens right to strike in Belgium 2019-07-13 [IndustriALL]
Brussels police have been ‘poisoned for years’ 2019-07-08 [The Times]
Delays expected as work-to-rule action hits Brussels Airport 2019-07-02 [The Times]


Bosnia


Bulgaria

Trade Unions: Grey Economy is 30% 2019-06-07 [Novinite]
Public transport workers win big in Bulgaria 2019-04-16 [ITF]
Bulgarian textile workers demand EU-wide minimum wage 2019-02-13 [Euronews]


Croatia

Croatian unions have won backing for a pension reform referendum – now it’s time to put it to the people 2019-07-04 [Equal Times]
SGH signs CBA with Chinese company CRBC 2019-06-04 [BWI]
Trade Unions have enough support for referendum on retirement age 2019-05-16 [BWI]


Cyprus

Contract workers protest outside palace 2019-05-16 [The Mail]
‘Going north no excuse for police inactivity’ 2019-05-05 [The Mail]
Government defends laws on rights of domestic workers, union says ‘no willingness’ to enforce 2019-05-03 [The Mail]


Czech Republic

Hyundai and Kia unions call for a global framework agreement 2019-04-15 [IndustriALL]
Mine explosion kills at least 1, leaves 10 missing 2018-12-21 [97.3]
IndustriALL mourns for 13 miners killed in Czech Republic 2018-12-21 [IndustriALL]


Denmark

Pre-election childcare demand is not 'ultimate' 2019-06-30 [The Local]
Norwegian’s long-haul-pilots join forces 2019-04-03 [Luftfart]
Union argues four months paternity leave as the only way towards equality 2019-03-08 [The Post]


Estonia

Trade union dispute with state-owned ferry company may end up in court 2018-10-27 [ERR]
Grappling With Wage Pressures 2018-05-27 [The Financial Tribune]
EFJ meets Estonian MEPs to discuss Baltic fact-finding mission 2018-05-16 [EFJ]


Faroe Islands


Finland

The long and winding road of the failed activation model comes to an end 2019-07-05 [Trade Union News from Finland]
Income equality in Finland among the best in Europe 2019-07-02 [Trade Union News from Finland]
Building workers' union Rakennussliitto hold 24th Congress 2019-06-13 [BWI]


France

Review: A Plant Closing War 2019-07-12 [Labor Notes]
For France’s Jobless, Macron Aims to ‘Make Work Pay’ 2019-07-10 [The Times]
French unions argue cut Blizzard jobs are necessary as firm tries to move them to Ireland 2019-06-28 [PC Games Insider]


Georgia

EFJ/IFJ condemn police’s heavy handed action against journalists amid riots at Parliament 2019-06-25 [EFJ]
IFJ condemns police's heavy handed action against journalists amid riots at Parliament 2019-06-25 [IFJ]
Towards ratification of ILO Conventions in Georgia 2019-05-14 [ILO ACTRAV]


Germany

Amazon workers in Germany strike ahead of major sale 2019-07-16 [Deutsche Welle]
Amazon workers in United States, Germany go on strike on Prime Day 2019-07-16 [Global]
Amazon workers strike as platform prepares for big Prime Day sale 2019-07-16 [Euronews]


Gibraltar

Budget 2019 represents significant progress for workers in Gibraltar, says Unite the union 2019-06-11 [GBC]
Unite issues manifesto to challenge insecure work 2019-02-05 [The Chronicle]
Controversy ahead of union demo today 2019-01-16 [The Chronicle]


Greece

Newsroom vandalised by anarchist group in Athens; unions condemn attack 2019-07-12 [IFJ]
IFJ supports journalists in defence of their social rights 2019-06-25 [IFJ]
Kilkis hospital workers call for stability check 2019-06-19 [Kathimerini]


Hungary

Almost 78% of the media are pro-government 2019-05-09 [EFJ]
Workers won in Audi Hungary: “We hope that our strike has send the message to other employees to unite” 2019-04-15 [Left East]
VDSz historic Hungarian Hankook strike settled with major gains 2019-03-25 [IndustriALL]


Iceland

Union Declares “Cease Fire”, Strikes In Iceland Postponed 2019-04-03 [Reykjavik Grapevine]
Government and Unions Respond to WOW air Bankruptcy 2019-03-31 [The Review]
48-Hour Tour Bus Driver and Hotel Workers’ Strike Starts at Midnight 2019-03-28 [The Review]


Ireland

24-hour strike by 500 ambulance personnel begins this afternoon 2019-07-19 [RTÉ]
Gang feuds and staff shortages blamed for prison assaults 2019-07-19 [Irish Times]
Figures show 20 Dublin Bus staff were assaulted this year 2019-07-19 [Irish Times]


Italy

ETUC: Italy Leaving Schengen, Means Isolating Itself From Europe 2019-07-09 [SVI]
No to walls, No to Italy outside Schengen, Yes to free movement of people 2019-07-08 [ETUC]
Saving Lives is not a Crime 2019-07-06 [PSI]


Latvia

Medical personnel hope for funding increase despite prime minister’s criticisms 2019-07-08 [BNN]
Teachers fail to secure more money for wages; promise to protest 2019-03-06 [BNN]
Builders Union celebrate achievements at their Congress 2018-05-29 [BWU]


Liechtenstein


Lithuania

Joint letter to Lithuanian PM: demand to guarantee the full independence of LRT 2019-01-11 [EFJ]
EFJ urges Parliament to guarantee LRT independence 2019-01-05 [EFJ]
New legislation threatens independence of public service media 2018-10-23 [UNI Global Union]


Luxembourg

Health sector workers to vote on strike 2017-06-08 [Delano]
Luxembourg appeals verdict in LuxLeaks scandal 2016-08-09 [EFJ]


Macedonia

Towards living wages in North Macedonia 2019-03-21 [IndustriALL]
First agreement at “Jasen” Enterprise for managing and protection of multipurpose forest area 2018-12-18 [BWI]
Interview with Ivana Dimitrova and Blaguna Stojkoska of the Construction Workers’ Union in Macedonia (SGIP) 2018-09-21 [BWI]


Malta

Pilots give Air Malta ultimatum 2019-07-01 [The Times]
International organisations welcome crucial PACE resolution on the assassination of Daphne Caruana Galizia and rule of law in Malta 2019-06-28 [EFJ]
Open letter concerning PACE draft report on Daphne Caruana Galizia’s assassination 2019-05-29 [EFJ]


Moldova

The Republic of Moldova endorses the Safe Schools Declaration 2019-04-23 [Education International]
Moldovan miners demand restoration of early retirement 2017-03-14 [IndustriALL]
Being twenty-something in Transnistria 2017-01-05 [Equal Times]


Monaco

A new trade union for trade employees created 2019-03-07 [The Tribune]


Netherlands

Boorish sex tourists are ruining Amsterdam. It’s time to ship them out 2019-07-05 [The Guardian]
Amsterdam sex workers lukewarm about plans to reform Red Light District 2019-07-05 [The News]
Amsterdam's first woman mayor plans red light district overhaul 2019-07-03 [Canada.com]


Norway

No strike on the mobile rigs, members get solid payrise 2019-07-01 [Industri Energi]
General strike among Norwegian rigs workers canceled 2019-06-28 [Shipping Watch]
Oil and gas output at risk as strike looms 2019-06-27 [Seeking Alpha]


Poland

Prime Day protests include a strike vote 2019-07-19 [UNI Global Union]
Amazon shuts down talks with Polish unions 2019-07-05 [UNI Global Union]
UNI affiliates protest at Orpea’s illegal dismissal of union representative in Poland and its anti-union behaviour 2019-06-05 [UNI Global Union]


Portugal

Costa threatens to quit over teachers’ pay dispute 2019-05-04 [Politico]
UGT garante que não aceita “mexidas na Lei da Greve” 2019-05-02 [Observador]
Fuel truck bosses, union agree to complete negotiations by year's end 2019-04-20 [The News]


Romania

Union says strike averted at ADM Constanta grain silos 2019-07-16 [Canada.com]
Workers at Electrolux factory march to Swedish embassy 2019-04-23 [Insider]
Workers at Electrolux factory in Romania reject management’s second proposal to end strike 2019-04-19 [Insider]


Russia

Labelled as 'terrorist', journalist Svetlana Prokopieva had her bank accounts blocked 2019-07-11 [EFJ]
Nestlé sales force workers across country confined to rooms and compelled to resign employment 2019-07-11 [IUF]
Nestlé sales force workers across Russia confined to rooms and compelled to resign employment 2019-07-10 [IUF]


San Marino


Serbia

‘Justice for Marija’ – Serbia’s first #MeToo scandal highlights the weaknesses of its democracy 2019-05-28 [Equal Times]
‘Justice for Marija’ – Serbia’s first #MeToo scandal highlights the weaknesses of its democracy 2019-05-23 [Equal Times]
EFJ/IFJ urge restrain from violence against journalists after call for protests at media houses 2019-04-05 [EFJ]


Slovakia

First Collective Bargaining Agreement signed at IKEA Boards factory 2019-04-22 [BWI]
IFJ and EFJ support journalists’ call for action in Ján Kuciak murder investigation 2019-04-16 [IFJ]
U.S. Steel workers declare strike alert over pay rise 2019-04-11 [The Spectator]


Slovenia

Police and govt initial pay deal 2018-12-25 [STA]
Employers urged to raise pay, engage in talks on new bargaining agreements 2018-12-06 [STA]
Govt and public sector unions sign wage increase deal 2018-12-04 [STA]


Spain

Ibiza hotel maids to go on strike leaving rooms unclean & beds unchanged 2019-07-17 [The Express]
'Hotels fear us': How Spain's chambermaids are fighting subcontract exploitation 2019-07-07 [The Local]
Rail workers set to strike on Monday July 15 during busy summer period 2019-07-06 [Euro Weekly News]


Sweden

BWI President Speaks at Almedalen about Migrant Workers Rights 2019-07-15 [BWI]
Women in Trades Meet to strategize on Gender Equality 2019-06-07 [BWI]
Swedish unions help to strengthen their Latin American peers 2019-04-22 [IndustriALL]


Switzerland

Women’s Strike in Shuts Down Switzerland 2019-06-28 [BWI]
Swiss women strike and burn bras in protest against sexism 2019-06-15 [Radio New Zealand]
Women strike in Switzerland for fairer pay, more equality 2019-06-14 [The Times-Union]


Turkey

EFJ-IFJ call for acquittal of Özgür Gündem guest editors 2019-07-16 [EFJ]
Court confirms #TheCargill14 were fired for forming a union 2019-07-12 [IUF]
Think-tank report escalates harassment of journalists 2019-07-10 [EFJ]


Ukraine

The Free Trade Union of Railway Workers of Ukraine held an action in Kyiv 2019-07-19 [Kvpu.org.ua ]
IFJ calls on all political parties to commit to defending freedom of speech 2019-07-19 [IFJ]
Ukrainian solider sentenced to 24 years in prison for the murder of two Italian media workers 2019-07-19 [IFJ]


UK

Tolpuddle inspires us to fight for change today 2019-07-20 [GMB]
Selective handouts won't wash with UK's 5 million public sector workers 2019-07-20 [GMB]
Labour pledges to push councils into taking back local services 2019-07-20 [The Guardian]


Vatican City

Vatican, ITF and employers join forces to fight for global justice 2019-06-18 [ITF]
ITF president takes fight for justice and equity to the Vatican 2019-03-05 [ITF]
Vatican Convenes with 300 Union Leaders to Discuss Threats to the World of Work 2018-01-12 [ITUC]
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