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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

Holidays for the Unemployed: The protest continues with an online petition 2014-08-28 [Active Unemployed 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]


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

prison workers to start protest 2014-09-01 [Focus]
Trade Unions Condemn, Call for Halting Israel’s Aggression on Gaza 2014-08-16 [WAFA]
Country's Vice President to address participants in ITF’s 43rd Congress 2014-08-14 [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

Bus strike cancelled after victory 2014-08-07 [InCyprus]
Larnaca bus strike 2014-08-07 [InCyprus]
Port to operate as normal pending new talks 2014-03-08 [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

Union: Construction workers from outside EU often underpaid 2014-08-29 [YLE]
Labour Court: The language skills supplement for shop assistants must be paid 2014-08-28 [Trade Union News from Finland]
Further cuts in public services speed up outsourcing and privatisation - profits will go to tax havens 2014-08-25 [JHL]


France

Air France employees' unions want airline to suspend flights into countries hit by Ebola crisis 2014-08-31 [Daily Mail]
Air France pilots announce week-long strike in September 2014-08-28 [France 24]
Air France staff refuse to fly to west Africa amid fears of Ebola outbreak 2014-08-20 [RTÉ]


Georgia

“Georgian Railway Workers’ New Trade Union” is on its way to integrate with the International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) 2014-08-20 [GTUC]
Irakli Petriashvili: 'people must not be burdened with physical work during heat' 2014-08-19 [GTUC]
High temperature and Railway worker rights 2014-08-18 [GTUC]


Germany

Pilots' strike over, but disruption continues 2014-08-31 [The Local]
Germanwings pilots to strike in Lufthansa dispute 2014-08-29 [Reuters]
Pilots ramp up pressure on Lufthansa with Friday strike threat 2014-08-28 [Yahoo News]


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

Unions in the firing line 2014-08-22 [The Morning Star]
Announcement of the workers of VIOME about the verdict concerning the provisional administration 2014-08-22 [Vio.Me]
Older Men Face Lifetime of Unemployment 2014-08-09 [The Wall Street Journal]


Hungary

Independent journalism under increasing threat in Hungary 2014-08-17 [Equal Times]
Hankook continues to violate union rights in Hungary 2014-08-06 [IndustriALL Global Union]
Teachers’ union urges school management changes 2014-06-30 [Politics.hu]


Iceland

Demanded Fair Wage And Got Fired 2014-08-04 [Grapevine]
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]


Ireland

LRC talks aim to halt second wave of rail strike action 2014-08-31 [Irish Independent]
Rail strike still on for All-Ireland despite talks with LRC 2014-08-31 [The Irish Independent]
Irish Rail and workers to enter talks to avoid All-Ireland day train strikes 2014-08-30 [The Journal]


Italy

The national campaign against IKEA in Italy 2014-08-12 [libcom.org]
Alitalia Set To Seal Etihad Investment, Jobs Secure 2014-08-09 [Live Trading News]
Alitalia Averts Strike Threatening Etihad Signing 2014-08-08 [The Wall Street Journal]


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

GWU launches Prison Warders Union 2014-08-13 [The Times]
UHM on MEA proposals 2014-08-11 [The Malta Independent]
Collective agreement for academic staff signed 2014-08-07 [Today]


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

Volunteers and interns are replacing regular workers, union warns 2014-08-26 [Expatica]
Dutch pilots want risk assessments on air space from the government 2014-08-15 [Dutch News]
ARE THE DUTCH LABOUR REFORMS A HELP OR A HINDRANCE TO WORKERS? 2014-06-23 [Equal Times]


Norway

Teacher strike intensifies as schools re-open 2014-08-27 [Education International]
Union settles oil industry workers' pay dispute 2014-08-17 [Reuters]
Five thousand more teachers to join month-long strike 2014-08-12 [Education International]


Poland

ETF ramps up pressure on ‘anti-union’ LOT ActNOW! 2014-08-29 [ITF]
Min. wage for builders 1,70 Euro per hour 2014-07-31 [BWI]
Aelia workers fight for their rights in Poland airport 2014-07-29 [Radio Labour]


Portugal

Algarve health strike saw 90 percent stay away 2014-08-29 [The News]
Anglo-Portuguese union agreement offers help to migrant workers 2014-08-29 [Ekklesia]
Pilot strike at Portuguese airline causes travel misery 2014-08-10 [AFP]


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

Unions call on all countries to end sanctions war 2014-08-13 [RT]
IFJ / EFJ Concerned for Safety of Russian Journalist Missing in Ukraine 2014-08-12 [IFJ]
Labor Migrants Get Sneak Preview Of Russian History Test 2014-08-11 [RFE/Radio Liberty]


San Marino


Serbia

Employers want salaries cut by 25 percent 2014-08-10 [B92]
Trade Unions Protest Against Amendments to Labour Law 2014-08-06 [BWI]
ETUC leader Bernadette Ségol demands Serbian government to come back to dialogue 2014-07-25 [ETUC]


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

Iberia airline workers clash with police during strike - video 2014-08-31 [The Guardian]
Madrid airport staff to strike in late August 2014-08-21 [The Local]
First day of Spanish train strike unfolds without major incident 2014-08-01 [El Pais]


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

100th day after the Soma Massacre 2014-09-01 [DİSK]
Day Eight of the Bafgh Iron Ore Miners’ Strike 2014-08-31 [uidder.org]
Reactions to cronyism in school principal appointments escalate 2014-08-26 [Zaman]


Ukraine

Stop Harassing and victimizing Anastasia Podpruzhnikova and Trade Union organizer Pavlo Vezdenetsky. 2014-08-20 [ www.ukrainesolidarity.co.uk]
Medical workers of KVPU help Ukrainian soldiers in the ATO zone 2014-08-20 [kvpu.org.ua]
European trade unions shows solidarity with Ukranian unions under attack 2014-07-08 [European Public Services Union]


UK

England Copeland in the Lake District is last place left in England with ‘easily affordable’ housing 2014-09-01 [TUC]
Low-paid Britain: 'People have had enough. It's soul destroying' 2014-08-31 [The Observer]
Why Britain needs a pay rise - TUC 2014-08-31 [Guardian]


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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