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Labour news from Europe


Albania

Gunfire at the house of crime reporter’s parents 2018-09-01 [EFJ]
Albanian oil workers win unpaid wages after strike action 2018-01-04 [IndustriALL]
Oil workers stage protest for unpaid wages 2017-12-28 [Xinhua]


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

Interior Ministry attempts to restrict freedom of press 2018-09-27 [EFJ]
Thousands protest against plans for 12-hour workday 2018-07-01 [Deutsche Welle]
EFJ calls on government to protect public service media 2018-06-07 [EFJ]


Azerbaijan

Representatives of KazTransOil fly to Batumi to negotiate with workers on strike 2018-04-04 [MENAFN]
RFE/RL Takes Azerbaijani Case To ECHR 2017-09-19 [RFE]
IFJ/EFJ welcome release of Mehman Aliyev and Alexander Lapshin 2017-09-13 [IFJ]


Belarus

Unjust verdict against union leaders in Belarus upheld 2018-11-12 [IndustriALL]
Belarusian construction workers are denied registration of trade union organization 2018-11-06 [http://belnp.org]
Gender insensitivity of Belaruskali CEO ... or the women's question again 2018-10-17 [http://belnp.org]


Belgium

Baggage handlers’ strike grounds flights at Brussels Airport 2018-10-30 [The Times]
Brussels Airport baggage handlers' strike affects travel for thousands 2018-10-28 [Deutsche Welle]
Strike in Brussels airport leaves thousands without luggage 2018-10-27 [The Business Standard]


Bosnia


Bulgaria

Journalist Victoria Marinova brutally murdered 2018-10-09 [IFJ]
Journalist Victoria Marinova brutally murdered 2018-10-08 [EFJ]
Bulgarian labor unions want an 18% increase in teacher wages from the autumn 2018-05-14 [www.novinite.com]


Croatia

SGH adopts new action plan and elect trade union president 2018-10-31 [BWI]
Shipyard Strikes Spreading to Streets 2018-10-24 [Total News]
Dock workers strike again over late salary 2018-10-23 [Reuters]


Cyprus

Larnaca bus drivers threaten strike 2018-11-07 [The Mail]
Poed threatens legal action over pay cuts for strikers 2018-10-31 [The Mail]
Teachers’ strike under legal scrutiny 2018-09-16 [The Mail]


Czech Republic

Finance workers reach new sectoral bargaining agreement, end strike alert 2018-10-26 [UNI Global Union]
Czech Rep luring more and more southern European workers 2018-07-04 [Radio Praha]
Workers Winning War on Low Wages in EU's Most Stable Economy 2018-05-29 [Bloomberg]


Denmark

Public broadcaster DR to cut 400 jobs 2018-09-21 [EFJ]
3F reaches groundbreaking collective agreement with platform company Hilfr 2018-09-21 [UNI Global Union]
Union calls for authorities to pursue Uber, not just its drivers 2018-09-21 [ITF]


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

A truce in the struggle over dismissal law and new tripartite bill beckons peace in labour market 2018-11-11 [Trade Union News from Finland]
Govt, unions, private sector reach accord on controversial firing bill 2018-11-06 [YLE]
Unions suspend industrial action after Government backs off on bill to ease dismissals 2018-10-29 [Trade Union News from Finland]


France

United trade union action protesting the cutting of 2,650 teaching positions in secondary schools 2018-11-14 [Education International]
United trade union action protesting cuts in education 2018-11-14 [EI]
Unions discuss Industry 4.0 and future social dialogue in Saint-Gobain 2018-11-06 [IndustriALL]


Georgia

Open office in Chiatura city 2018-11-05 [GTUC]
Women’s Committee Meeting in Tsageri 2018-11-05 [GTUC]
Women’s Committee Meeting at Medical University 2018-11-05 [GTUC]


Germany

Education unionists start 100 million campaign against child labour 2018-11-14 [EI]
New agreement gives wage increase to German roofing workers 2018-11-12 [BWI]
IG Metall warns of SME's lack of preparation for digitalization 2018-11-09 [Xinhua]


Gibraltar

Minute’s silence for Workers’ Memorial Day 2018-04-28 [The Chronicle]
GSD expresses concern at works on Europa Foreshore 2017-08-30 [Gibraltar Chronicle]
GHA walkout averted amid bitter political exchanges 2017-04-22 [The Chronicle]


Greece

Strikes over privatization closes Acropolis 2018-10-17 [Canadian Labour Reporter]
Public sector union calls 24-hour strike on Nov 14 2018-10-17 [Reuters]
Civil Servants Call 24-Hour Strike Over Pay, Pensions 2018-10-17 [The Reporter]


Hungary

Government Appeals Amendment to Posted Workers’ Same Pay Directive 2018-10-04 [Today]
Hir TV news channel taken over by the government 2018-08-08 [EFJ]
Two media outlets forced to close following Orbán’s electoral win 2018-04-13 [EFJ]


Iceland

Union organises meeting in English for freelancers and contractors in Iceland 2018-11-10 [The Monitor]
If Iceland is one of the best places in the world to be a woman, why are thousands of women going on strike today? 2018-10-24 [Equal Times]
Ready for a Fight: Unions Prepare for Tough Wage Negotiations 2018-08-28 [Grapevine]


Ireland

Protest by ex-Air Corps personnel targets Minister 2018-11-12 [Irish Examiner]
Government to fund women-only academic posts in drive towards gender equality 2018-11-12 [Irish Examiner]
SIPTU gives cautious welcome to Gender Action Plan for Higher Education 2018-11-12 [SIPTU]


Italy

Deputy Prime Minister Di Maio insulted journalists 2018-11-13 [ETF]
Mondadori: EFJ Steering Committee supports Italian journalists affected by the sale of Panorama magazine 2018-10-31 [EFJ]
Disruption as transport workers go on strike 2018-10-27 [Reuters]


Latvia

Builders Union celebrate achievements at their Congress 2018-05-29 [BWU]
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]


Liechtenstein


Lithuania

New legislation threatens independence of public service media 2018-10-23 [UNI Global Union]
Journalists criticise new restriction to access public information 2018-10-09 [EFJ]
Baltic pig farmers devastated by swine virus 2016-09-22 [Equal 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

Interview with Ivana Dimitrova and Blaguna Stojkoska of the Construction Workers’ Union in Macedonia (SGIP) 2018-09-21 [BWI]
Election Commission authorised to fine media for ‘Unbalanced Reporting’ 2018-08-16 [EFJ]
UNI Global Union stands in solidarity with postal workers 2018-06-07 [UNI Global Union]


Malta

UHM acted responsabley 2018-11-11 [Malta Independent]
GWU requests discussion on MCESD’s proposal on trade unions 2018-11-06 [Newsbook]
GWU wants discussion on compulsory union membership 2018-11-06 [The Times]


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

Ryanair fires cabin crew stationed at Eindhoven, union says 2018-11-07 [The Times]
New ‘Source Protection Act’ finally enters into force 2018-10-05 [EFJ]
Ryanair scraps flights at Eindhoven airport, as crew and pilots strike 2018-09-28 [Dutch News]


Norway

Norwegian affiliate press charges against private health company 2018-08-22 [PSI]
Solidarity works – Orona elevator workers conclude agreement 2018-08-02 [Industriall]
Solidarity works – Orona elevator workers in Norway conclude agreement 2018-08-02 [IndustriALL]


Poland

Strike at Polish airline LOT ends after deal agreed with unions 2018-11-02 [Today]
LOT strike ends 2018-11-02 [Radio Poland]
Strike suspended, but more LOT flights cancelled 2018-10-28 [Radio Poland]


Portugal

Solidarity with STAD and Portuguese cleaners on strike 2018-11-09 [UNI Global Union]
Public companies at standstill as employees strike 2018-11-03 [Infosurhoy]
Public services at standstill as workers strike 2018-10-27 [Xinhua]


Romania

Possible general strike at Bucharest subway in November 2018-10-27 [Insider]
Journalists beaten by riot police during Bucharest protest 2018-08-16 [EFJ]
IFJ condemns police attacks on journalists 2018-08-16 [IFJ]


Russia

Dozens of construction workers at a Russian military installation outside Kamchatka have been threatened and marooned without pay 2018-11-10 [Meduza]
Record fine against The New Times 2018-10-31 [EFJ]
Firefighters Declare Hunger Strike Over Poor Working Conditions 2018-10-02 [The Times]


San Marino


Serbia

Trade union, workers curious about Fiat's future 2018-09-05 [B92]
Administrative harassment against Juzne Vesti news portal 2018-08-20 [EFJ]
Commission to solve wartime journalists’ murders expanded 2018-08-10 [EFJ]


Slovakia

IFJ and EFJ support journalists’ call for action in Ján Kuciak murder investigation 2018-08-23 [IFJ]
Investigative reporter Pavla Holcova’s phone seized after eight-hour interrogation related to Jan Kuciak’s murder 2018-05-16 [EFJ]
Trade unionists at PSA Peugeot announce strike alert 2018-05-11 [The Spectator]


Slovenia

Judiciary workers on strike, work virtually undisturbed 2018-11-06 [STA]
Judiciary workers announce go-slow for 5 November 2018-10-28 [STA]
Health and social care staff joins strike wave 2018-10-25 [STA]


Spain

Amazon workers plan Black Friday, Christmas and Three Kings walkouts 2018-11-08 [Euro Weekly]
Irresponsible aluminium: Alcoa escalates global attack on workers 2018-11-02 [IndustriALL]
Spanish coal unions win landmark Just Transition deal 2018-11-01 [IndustriALL]


Sweden

Workers reveal poverty wages and labor law violations in H&M’s supply chain 2018-09-26 [ILRF]
Chinese embassy attacks journalist 2018-07-11 [IFJ]
How Sweden's deportations of skilled workers are affecting internationals 2018-07-05 [Local]


Switzerland

SYNA congress reelects Arno Kerst as President 2018-11-08 [BWI]
Builders resume street protests 2018-11-06 [SwissInfo]
More Swiss construction workers go on strike 2018-10-31 [SwissInfo]


Turkey

Turkish Trade Union Leader Abdullah Karacan Murdered, Two Union Representatives Wounded 2018-11-14 [ITUC]
ETUC Condemns murder of Turkish trade union leader 2018-11-14 [ETUC]
Dangerous working conditions in FSC-certified forests 2018-11-14 [BWI]


Ukraine

Two trade union leaders holding hunger strike in Lviv region 2018-11-13 [KVPU]
KVPU leaders participated in the Hearings on n the observance of the rights of trade unions 2018-11-09 [NPGU]
Miners protest continuing and waiting for paying allocated money 2018-11-05 [KVPU]


UK

Scotland Lobby your MSP to vote to bring ScotRail back into public ownership 2018-11-14 [TSSA]
Attacks on shopworkers and shoplifting are up while police numbers have fallen 2018-11-14 [USDAW]
Northern Ireland GMB Demands Answers From Bombardier 2018-11-14 [GMB]


Vatican City

Vatican Convenes with 300 Union Leaders to Discuss Threats to the World of Work 2018-01-12 [ITUC]
Our world needs a new Cardinal Manning, TUC leader says 2017-11-27 [The Tablet]
Workers need a ‘modern-day Cardinal Manning’, union leader says at the Vatican 2017-11-26 [Catholic Herald]
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