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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

Tougher penalties for those who attack public transport workers 2017-03-11 [The Local ]
Nestle to close Linz plant in Austria, 127 jobs to go 2017-03-11 [EuroNews]
Gvt appeal for far-right votes by plan to discriminate against EU workers 2017-01-15 [EU Observer]


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

Protests against Belarus’s draconian “tax on unemployment” have shown both the weakness of the government and of the Left. 2017-04-08 [Jacobin]
Mass detentions of journalists 2017-03-29 [European Federation of Journalists]
Amnesty condemns vicious crackdown on peaceful jobless tax protests 2017-03-26 [Amnesty ]


Belgium

Spontaneous strike action in four Delhaize shops in Brussels 2017-03-18 [brusselstimes]
New education pact not as excellent as it appears 2017-02-15 [Education International]
IndustriALL and Solvay renew their global framework agreement for five years 2017-02-03 [IndustriALL]


Bosnia


Bulgaria

Wildcat strikes in one of the largest retailers 2017-03-23 [libcom.org]
May Day in Sofia 2016-05-05 [Focus]
Protest of Bulgarian GPs Grows Further as Ten More Regions Join 2016-03-31 [novinite.com]


Croatia

Hundreds of Workers Leave Construction Giant 2017-04-10 [total-croatia-news]
Public sector unions reject govt offer on wage hike 2016-12-07 [Wires]
Trade Unions Warn against Proposed Tax Refo 2016-11-07 [Total Croatia News]


Cyprus

Greek and Turkish Cypriot journalists sign joint agreement 2017-04-27 [IFJ]
Dubai Ports to resume talks with unions on Tuesday to resolve labour dispute 2017-04-04 [Cyprus Mail]
Pensions need to be put on a more equitable basis 2017-03-18 [cyprus-mail]


Czech Republic

Unions demand 10-percent pay rise in public sector in Sept 2017-04-27 [praguemonitor]
Czech social workers' union launches campaign for pay increase 2017-04-11 [praguemonitor]
Workers start going on strike more often 2017-04-06 [The Monitor]


Denmark

Brit Construction unions take undercutting campaign to Denmark 2017-04-07 [Unite the Union]
Uber to shut down Denmark operation over new taxi laws 2017-03-29 [Guardian]
ITF delivers satisfactory progress report to Maersk AGM 2017-03-29 [ITF Global Union]


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

Personal assistants deserve their own education 2017-04-27 [JHL]
Trade union members well represented among new municipal councillors 2017-04-20 [Trade Union News from Finland]
Up to 1,500 metal and industrial workers to strike in Tampere region 2017-04-20 [YLE]


France

France: Macron’s political “marketing” has not won over the working class 2017-04-20 [ET]
France: Macron’s political “marketing” has not won over the working class 2017-04-19 [Equal Times]
Disgruntled French steel workers turn to populist Le Pen 2017-04-18 [FOX]


Georgia

Union busting at chemical plant in Georgia 2017-03-26 [IndustriALL Gloral Union ]
When the state invests in labour exploitation 2017-02-22 [Open Caucasus Media]
Are Georgia’s disparate left-wing protesters consolidating into a coherent political force? 2017-02-18 [Open Caucasus Media]


Germany

Amazon is using peer pressure to keep German warehouse workers from calling in sick 2017-04-20 [Quartz]
Tesla is threatened by a strike at ‘Advanced Automation’ group ahead of Model 3 production 2017-04-17 [Electrek]
Worker Strike At German Tesla Subsidiary Could Delay Model 3 2017-04-16 [I4U]


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

Union calls on retail workers to strike against Sunday shop hours in Greece 2017-04-08 [tornosnews]
Union calls on retail workers to strike against Sunday shop hours 2017-04-07 [ekathimerin]
Workers at Greece's PPC go to European court over stake claim 2017-04-04 [ekathimerin]


Hungary

Academic freedom under threat in Hungary: the story of Lex CEU 2017-04-20 [Equal Times]
EI deeply concerned about impact of new legislation on academic freedom 2017-04-19 [Education International]
Budapest transit workers plan 8-day strike starting Saturday 2017-04-03 [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

Minister plans public sector pay talks next month 2017-04-28 [RTÉ]
Public Service Pay Commission close to finalising its report 2017-04-28 [Irish Times]
Dáil protest planned over Defence Forces pay 2017-04-28 [Irish Examiner]


Italy

Alitalia faces bankruptcy after employees vote down plan 2017-04-26 [Metro]
Alitalia workers reject rescue plan, pressuring Rome to step in 2017-04-25 [Reuters]
Alitalia employees prepare to vote on rescue deal 2017-04-20 [thelocal]


Latvia

Green wins keep Baltic populism in check – but for how long? 2017-01-18 [Equal Times]
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]


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

Luxembourg appeals verdict in LuxLeaks scandal 2016-08-09 [EFJ]
Luxembourg pension fund bans Israel investment 2014-02-25 [i24news Israel]
Luxembourg unions celebrate dispute victory 2013-08-01 [ITF news]


Macedonia

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]
Strike threat over unpaid wages 2017-02-10 [IFJ]


Malta

General Workers Union orders industrial action against Malta International Airport 2017-04-13 [Malta Today]
THE POWER OF PERSUASION AT THE PLACE OF WORK 2017-04-10 [Voice of the Workers]
Correctional Officers Union officials resign over vindictive transfers 2017-04-07 [Today]


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

Unions demand real jobs at Schiphol 2017-04-12 [ITF]
Amsterdam: jobless and flex workers block at the May 1 demonstration of FNV 2017-04-06 [doorbraak]
Car wash workers deserve fair wages 2017-03-31 [amsterdamnews]


Norway

Norwegian’s US flight attendants join unions 2017-03-31 [flightglobal.]
Norwegian unions, employers agree deal for 2.4 percent wage increase 2017-03-15 [Daily Mail]
Why Norway is the best country for LGBT workers 2017-02-09 [The Local ]


Poland

Quarter of Polish workers would act unethically for pay rise: report 2017-04-09 [Radio Poland]
Postal workers march to demand higher pay 2017-04-09 [Associated Press]
Do Changes in Occupational Health Requirements for Female Workers Concern You? 2017-03-30 [National Law Review]


Portugal

Early-retirement penalty for long-serving workers to go in August 2017-04-21 [theportugalnews]
Azores Airlines on strike from May 1 to May 2 2017-04-15 [The Journal]
Workers earning less than eight years ago – ETUC 2017-03-30 [Portugal News]


Romania

Some 1,500 museum professionals and researchers in Romania to protest on May 20 2017-04-08 [romania-insider]
Romanian rail workers stage strike to demand higher wages 2017-03-23 [dailymail]
Central bank: Labor force is underpaid, capital – overpaid in Romania 2017-03-17 [romania-insider]


Russia

Passengers don't want overweight flight crew, say Aeroflot officials after lawsuits 2017-04-26 [The Guardian]
Unpaid Wages Protest. Hunger Striking Female Construction Worker Hospitalized In Siberia 2017-04-20 [RFE/RL]
Journalist Dies in Hospital After Brutal Beating 2017-04-20 [Moscow Times]


San Marino


Serbia

Unions join fresh protests against new Serb president 2017-04-09 [AFP]
Fear of a drift towards authoritarianism in Serbia 2017-04-07 [equal times]
The Lost Boys of Belgrade: migrant kids’ lonely struggle to survive 2017-02-17 [equal times]


Slovakia

Slovakia opens labour market to non-EU workers 2017-03-31 [neweurope]
Trade unionists and management of Kia carmaker agree on higher wages 2017-03-28 [The Spectator]
Opposition hints at health care privatisation 2017-03-23 [spectator]


Slovenia

Govt and doctors' trade union reach agreement 2017-03-04 [STA]
Trade unions want minimum wage to rise 5% 2017-01-17 [STA]
Education union urges parliament not to sign EU free trade agreement with Canada 2016-09-13 [Education International]


Spain

Strike by poultry and rabbit processing workers brings employers back to the bargaining table 2017-04-24 [IUF]
Workers strike against employer push to expand precarious work 2017-04-24 [IUF]
Protest against redundancy procedure at OHL 2017-04-20 [BWI]


Sweden

Strike averted as hotels return to the bargaining table for new national agreement 2017-04-24 [IUF]
Fighting against Welfare Cuts and Ikea’s Housing Speculations 2017-04-19 [transnational strike]
Statement of the Subway Workers’ Union in Stockholm on the attack in Sweden 2017-04-08 [WFTU]


Switzerland

Thermo Fisher workers fight for their jobs in Switzerland 2017-04-25 [IndustriALL]
Union wants special coaching for older workers 2017-04-20 [swissinfo]
White-collar world conference reveals urgent need to organize 2017-04-20 [IndustriALL]


Turkey

May Day celebration in Taksim Square banned 2017-04-27 [Turkey Purge]
May Day celebrations to be held in Istanbul’s Bakırköy instead of Taksim Square 2017-04-27 [Hurriyet Daily News]
Unions Declare May Day to be Celebrated in Bakırköy, not Taksim 2017-04-27 [Bianet]


Ukraine

Sex Worker’s March in Ukraine: “We have the right to work” 2017-04-08 [politicalcritique]
Ukraine’s rocket industry workers seek better fortune in Russia More: http://tass.com/science/939494 2017-04-05 [Tass]
Global unions challenge problems with workers’ rights in Ukraine 2017-04-04 [IndustriALL]


UK

Government guarantees might help reassure NHS and care workforces, says UNISON 2017-04-28 [UNISON]
UNISON calling on Lords to protect NHS bursaries for student nurses 2017-04-28 [UNISON]
Fight continues to address BT performance management woes 2017-04-28 [CWU]


Vatican City

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]
PSI attends seminar on the Human Right to Water in Vatican city 2017-02-23 [PSI]
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