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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

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]
Excessive police force against journalists covering demonstrations 2016-08-03 [IFJ]


Austria

Court Hearing 31st May 2017: EStAG continues harassing Suit against NGO Press Photographer 2017-05-30 [Media Austria]
Freedom of the Press: Energy Styria Tries to Intimidate and Criminalize NGO-Press Photographer 2017-05-08 [Media Austria]
Tougher penalties for those who attack public transport workers 2017-03-11 [The Local ]


Azerbaijan

18 worker deaths a year - oil company SOCAR lambasted over safety record 2016-12-21 [Hazardex]
9 Azerbaijani Oil Workers Still Missing In Caspian Sea 2016-12-19 [VoA]
Oil Platform Collapse Leaves One Dead, Nine Missing In Caspian Sea 2016-12-19 [RFERL]


Belarus

How poverty spreads across Belarus 2017-08-18 [Belarus Digest]
The Many Faces of Forced Labour in Belarus 2017-08-18 [Belarus Digest]
Why do the authorities persecute independent trade unions? ActNOW! 2017-08-18 [Belarus Digest]


Belgium

Fired by voicemail: an EDF worker speaks out 2017-08-03 [IndustriALL]
Flémalle: Segal staff on strike 2017-06-26 [The Times]
Brussels Airlines accused of social dumping: Some workers claim to not even receive minimum wage 2017-06-24 [The Times]


Bosnia


Bulgaria

Empowering Bulgarian affiliates in the Inditex supply chain 2017-07-03 [IndustriALL]
Transport Workers Gather at Kulata Checkpoint to Protest, No Border Blockade 2017-05-30 [Novinite]
Wildcat strikes in one of the largest retailers 2017-03-23 [libcom.org]


Croatia

SGH recovers unpaid wages by threatening industrial action 2017-08-17 [BWI]
Jadrolinija Workers in Split Dissatisfied with Working Conditions Announce Strike 2017-08-08 [The News]
Government to Withhold Pay Increase for Public Services Employees 2017-07-20 [Total News]


Cyprus

Cyprus is 68th country to endorse the Safe Schools Declaration 2017-08-09 [Education International]
Etyk calls off bank strike early 2017-07-26 [The Mail]
Labour body hears employers not protecting workers in heatwave 2017-07-07 [The Mail]


Czech Republic

Doctors, unions call gov't's health care achievements meagre 2017-07-24 [The Monitor]
unions recruit German support for wage hikes 2017-07-20 [Radio Praha]
First union agreement reached at SKF factory in Czech Republic 2017-07-03 [IndustriALL]


Denmark

Free movement of EU workers hurting wages and conditions say Danish parties 2017-06-19 [The Local]
Threats & harassment put mail delivery on hold in Danish city district 2017-06-14 [RT]
Concern over worker safety post service refuses to enter neighbourhood 2017-06-13 [The Local ]


Estonia

Health care workers planning to start political strike May 15 2017-04-13 [The Times]
Unions says Telia collective agreement an example,for others 2017-03-17 [Baltic Times]
Dockers – support Estonian union dismissal battle 2016-07-08 [ITF Global Union]


Faroe Islands


Finland

Unions demand clear pay rise for the municipal sector 2017-08-18 [JHL]
Nationwide rail strike: Traffic jams expected on roads 2017-08-14 [YLE]
Proposal for new Working Hours Act would make life more insecure for young families 2017-08-13 [JHL]


France

Education union holds government to task over committment to living standards 2017-08-17 [Education International]
France rethinks romance with Macron as his popularity sinks 2017-08-06 [Albany Times Union]
Macron Vows Millionaire Minister Will Cut Worker Protection 2017-08-03 [Bloomberg]


Georgia

Fresco ordered to cease spying – Trade Unions have won! 2017-08-06 [GTUC]
Georgian 'Mangankombinat' - pictured essay 2017-08-06 [telepolis]
Labour rights back on activitst radar 2017-07-24 [civil.ge / Open Caucasus Media]


Germany

After long fight, national agreement brings gains for fast food workers in Germany 2017-07-28 [IUF]
Fight for future jobs pays off 2017-07-18 [IndustriALL]
Pay Inequality Law Goes into Effect, But Businesses Still Aren’t Ready 2017-07-15 [Care2]


Gibraltar

GHA walkout averted amid bitter political exchanges 2017-04-22 [The Chronicle]
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]


Greece

Sailings as usual from Rafina after ferry strike called off 2017-07-30 [Kathimerini]
Weekend strike to shut Acropolis at height of tourist season 2017-07-27 [The National Post]
Workers in Greek Museums and Archaeological Sites Announce Strike for the Weekend 2017-07-27 [The Reporter]


Hungary

Tesco workers eye strike if demo unsuccessful 2017-07-10 [Budapest Business Journal]
Tesco employees to obstruct business in Hungary 2017-07-10 [Portfolio]
Referendum on salary of state company CEOs is legal, rules Curia 2017-07-10 [Budapest Beacon]


Iceland

Equal pay for men and women? Iceland wants employers to prove it 2017-04-03 [Fairfax Media]
In world first, Iceland to require firms to prove equal pay 2017-03-10 [ABC]
New strike threat to supplies 2016-12-16 [Fish Update]


Ireland

Union warns permanent O'Connell Street traffic restrictions could hit jobs 2017-08-20 [irishexaminer.com]
The end of the au pair? 2017-08-20 [Sunday Independent]
SIPTU launches public awareness campaign on Dublin Fire Brigade crew shortage 2017-08-19 [SIPTU]


Italy

Milan has opened its doors to refugees…but for how much longer 2017-08-07 [Equal Times]
Public Transportation on Strike in Rome and Naples 2017-07-21 [Prensa Latina]
BT Italia workers to strike 2017-07-17 [Telecompaper]


Latvia

GPs to go on strike over pay issues 2017-06-13 [Xinhua]
Trade union slams government for plan to invite foreign doctors to work in Latvia 2017-05-30 [The Baltic Course]
Green wins keep Baltic populism in check – but for how long? 2017-01-18 [Equal Times]


Liechtenstein


Lithuania

Baltic pig farmers devastated by swine virus 2016-09-22 [Equal Times]
BWI shows solidarity with the Anti-New-Labour-Code Protesters in Vilnius 2016-07-09 [BWI Global Union]
PM claims education workers' strikes influenced by Russia 2016-02-27 [Baltic Times]


Luxembourg

Health sector workers to vote on strike 2017-06-08 [Delano]
Luxembourg appeals verdict in LuxLeaks scandal 2016-08-09 [EFJ]
Luxembourg pension fund bans Israel investment 2014-02-25 [i24news Israel]


Macedonia

Two journalists injured during storming of the Parliament 2017-05-05 [EFJ]
It is hight time to stop violence against journalists 2017-04-28 [EFJ]
At least 19 new attacks against journalists since 2016 2017-03-29 [European Federation of Journalists]


Malta

GWU registers industrial dispute with government on public sector employees 2017-08-19 [The Independent]
MTA enforcement officers to go on strike over collective agreement 2017-08-16 [Today]
Cooperatives guarantie that no one lets be left behind 2017-07-21 [Voice of the Workers weekly]


Moldova

Moldovan miners demand restoration of early retirement 2017-03-14 [IndustriALL]
Being twenty-something in Transnistria 2017-01-05 [Equal Times]
Moldova: a country being emptied of its inhabitants 2016-12-06 [Equal Times]


Monaco


Netherlands

Rail workers striking in Arnhem 2017-06-23 [NL Times]
Train delays caused by rail workers strike at Den Haag, Zwolle 2017-06-19 [The Times]
Commuters face train trouble on Monday as railway workers strike 2017-06-17 [Dutch News]


Norway

'Crunch time' on pensions in 2018 2017-07-06 [The Times]
Norway strike averted 2017-06-12 [Upstream]
Oil workers agree wage deal, ending threat of strike 2017-06-10 [Reuters]


Poland

Long march toward democracy is threatened by quick steps away from it 2017-07-22 [Wash Post]
Journalist receives death threats after public Polish TV classifies her remarks as 'harmful to Poland' 2017-07-21 [EFJ]
Media freedom NGOs and professional organisations ask Polish defence minister to drop complaint against journalist 2017-07-19 [EFJ]


Portugal

Locals fight evictions and zooming rents as old Lisbon gentrifies 2017-08-18 [equal times]
PT employees call on government to act against plans to transfer them 2017-08-18 [The News]
Azores airlines cabin crew to strike 'from Friday', alleging breaches 2017-08-10 [The News]


Romania

Must viewing: Hidden camera shows British boss shouting abuse at workers 2017-08-15 [The Sun]
20,000 state finance workers strike over wages 2017-05-16 [Daily Mail]
20,000 finance ministry workers strike over wages 2017-05-15 [McClatchy]


Russia

Innocent journalist convicted on charges of extremism 2017-08-14 [IFJ]
Controversial photos inside the homes of Russia's ultrarich show the country's stunning wealth inequality 2017-07-29 [Biz Insider]
Businessman Paints Terrifying And Complex Picture Of Putin's Russia 2017-07-29 [NPR]


San Marino


Serbia

Three week strike at FIAT ends 2017-07-28 [IndustriALL]
Unions Clash Over Deal With Fiat 2017-07-25 [Insight]
Fiat, government, unions agree on wage rise 2017-07-24 [The Mail]


Slovakia

Volkswagen Slovakia workers win wage hike, end strike 2017-06-26 [AFP]
Volkswagen's Slovak union says close to wage deal to end strike 2017-06-25 [Reuters]
Strike at Volkswagen's Slovak unit to continue after talks fail - union 2017-06-23 [Reuters]


Slovenia

Lowest-paid public sector staff seek pay rise, threaten strike 2017-06-21 [STA]
Govt and doctors' trade union reach agreement 2017-03-04 [STA]
Trade unions want minimum wage to rise 5% 2017-01-17 [STA]


Spain

Barcelona and Cambrils attacks: ETUC solidarity and condolences 2017-08-18 [ETUC]
Workers at Spanish airport operator Aena call 25 days of strikes 2017-08-17 [Reuters]
Further strikes are looming at Spanish airports 2017-08-17 [Deutsche Welle]


Sweden

Can a new Nordic online portal help protect digital economy workers? 2017-07-13 [Equal Times]
Stockholm waste collectors quit as strike hits one-week mark 2017-07-12 [The Local]
Stockholm waste collector strike continues as trash starts to pile up 2017-07-07 [The Local]


Switzerland

Parliament to decide on equal pay measures 2017-07-06 [Swiss Info]
Paternity leave initiative in Swiss parliament’s hands 2017-07-06 [The Local]
Low salaries reducing attractiveness of a career in education 2017-06-27 [Education International]


Turkey

Belgian Ministers asked to help release French journalist Loup Bureau 2017-08-09 [EFJ]
Threat of curriculum manipulation to replace science with Islamic worldview 2017-08-07 [Education International]
The state of emergency one year on: Emergency rule hurts workers 2017-08-04 [disk]


Ukraine

PROFBUD signs new National Collective Agreement in Ukrainian construction sector 2017-08-16 [BWI]
Journalists union attacked by Government MP 2017-08-14 [IFJ]
“We need new ways of organising” 2017-08-04 [Open Democracy]


UK

Why on earth have social care workers not been getting the National Minimum Wage? 2017-08-19 [Touchstone - TUC]
England McDonald's could face first UK strikes 2017-08-19 [BBC]
England BFAWU Press release regarding potential industrial action at McDonalds 2017-08-19 [BFAWU]


Vatican City

Pope Francis: Saint Joseph and the dignity of labour 2017-05-02 [radiovaticana]
Pope says closing firms without protecting workers ‘very grave sin’ 2017-03-16 [religionnews]
Pope: ‘Laying off workers for unclear motives is grave sin’ 2017-03-16 [Vatican Radio]
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