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Labour news from Europe


Albania

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]
Crisis prompts Albanian workers to return home 2014-02-28 [ILO]


Andorra


Armenia

IFJ and EFJ ask for a full investigation into attacks on media workers by Police at a demonstration in Armenia 2015-06-27 [IFJ]
Workers at Narit Plant not paid salaries 2015-06-25 [Armen Press]
Nairit Saga: PM promises chemical plant workers’ back wages will be paid by yearend 2015-05-22 [Armenia Now]


Austria

HIV-positive man awarded damages for unfair dismissal 2016-02-07 [The Local]
Macondo: Austria’s refugee reality in microcosm 2015-09-15 [Equal Times]
Hundreds of women trade unionists gather for world conference in Vienna 2015-09-11 [Industriall]


Azerbaijan

Rights Activist Leyla Yunus Freed From Jail In Azerbaijan 2015-12-10 [RFE/Radio Liberty]
Two Azerbaijani oil workers released from hospital 2015-12-09 [Trend]
None of the missing Azeri oil workers found so far 2015-12-09 [Azer News]


Belarus

Belarus fines freelance journalist for working with “foreign media” 2016-01-14 [European Federation of Journalists]
Veteran journalist Sviatlana Alexievich wins Nobel Prize for literature 2015-10-13 [IFJ]
For first time in 5 years unions use rare chance to rally on 7 October 2015-10-13 [IndustriALL Global Union]


Belgium

Security concerns delay partial re-opening of Brussels airport 2016-04-11 [State of the State]
Wounded, Belgium must rise to the challenge. 2016-04-08 [Equal Times]
Police strike delays reopening of Zaventem airport 2016-04-02 [The Guardian]


Bosnia


Bulgaria

Protest of Bulgarian GPs Grows Further as Ten More Regions Join 2016-03-31 [novinite.com]
Protest of General Practitioners Spreads to Five Other Bulgarian Regions 2016-03-29 [novinite.com]
Bulgarian GPs, hospitals protest against health system reforms 2016-03-28 [IBNA]


Croatia

Unions Mark the International Workers’ Day 2016-05-02 [TCN]
Government and Public Sector Unions to start negotiations on salary Increase 2016-03-21 [Croatia News]
Strike in Schools and Universities Ends 2015-10-03 [Total News]


Cyprus

Attractive bonus for port workers who call it quits 2016-04-24 [In-Cyprus]
Attorney-general unimpressed with progress on bill governing strikes 2016-04-12 [The Mail]
FBME Bank staff in Cyprus go on indefinite strike 2016-04-11 [In-Cyprus]


Czech Republic

State employees reach historic agreement 2015-12-23 [The Post]
Czech airline flight attendants to go on 3-day strike 2015-08-24 [AP]
Sick of Cheap Labor, Czech Unions Seek Catch-Up With Germany 2015-07-02 [Bloomberg]


Denmark

Taxi drivers in Copenhagen demonstrated against Uber 2016-02-15 [Copenhagen Post]
Police overworked due to increased focus on terrorism 2016-02-15 [Copenhagen Post]
Opening the labour market for vulnerable citizens 2016-02-12 [Nordic Labour Journal]


Estonia

Tallink to increase payroll of ship crew members by 5.3% 2015-12-28 [The Baltic Course]
LabourStart appeal backs Estonian activist sacked for speaking out ActNOW! 2015-10-21 [ITF]
Trade Unions called for a 1-year minimum wage agreement 2015-09-17 [Baltic Course]


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

Jarkko Eloranta enjoys broad support as choice for next SAK president 2016-05-03 [Trade Union News from Finland]
TEAM union leaves Nordea, taking banking business elsewhere over Panama Papers revelations 2016-04-30 [YLE]
Pardia withdraws from talks to found a new central union organisation 2016-04-30 [Helsinki Times]


France

Clashes erupt at May Day march 2016-05-02 [BBC]
Labour law protests turn violent 2016-04-29 [AFP]
Protesters clash with police over France's new labour laws 2016-04-29 [The Local]


Georgia

Coal Miners, Factory Workers Win Two Key Strikes 2016-03-19 [Solidarity Center]
Union victory after month-long glass strike 2016-03-15 [IndustriALL Global Union]
How Can We Politicize Labor Rights? 2016-03-09 [World Policy]


Germany

Public sector agrees two-stage pay hike of 4.75 pct 2016-04-30 [Reuters]
Industrial workers down tools in dispute over wages 2016-04-30 [Reuters]
100,000 German metal workers strike 2016-04-30 [Associated Press]


Gibraltar

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]
Teachers’ union highlights importance of Workers’ 2014-04-27 [The Chronicle]


Greece

SOLIDARITY, SQUATS AND SELF-MANAGEMENT ASSISTING MIGRANTS IN GREECE 2016-05-02 [Equal Times]
No ferries in Greece on May 8 after seamen PNO join walkout by GSEE 2016-04-27 [Tornos]
Greece: Journalists strike over bill to close down media fund for social security and welfare 2016-04-23 [IFJ]


Hungary

Teacher protests escalate into full-blown stoppage 2016-04-23 [The Times]
Public school teachers in Hungary to hold one-day strike on Wednesday 2016-04-22 [Budapest Beacon]
Teachers go on strike 2016-04-22 [The Economist]


Iceland

Radical May 1 On Offer This Year 2016-04-30 [Grapevine]
Flight Delays Due To Labour Dispute 2016-04-30 [Grapevine]
Young Hungarian woman came to Iceland to earn a little money, found herself victim of wage theft 2016-04-15 [Iceland Magazine]


Ireland

HSE unable to pay E10memergency nurses pay deal 2016-05-04 [Irish Times]
Irish nurses are abused so often that many don't bother reporting it 2016-05-04 [The Journal]
May the First be with you 2016-05-03 [Rabble]


Italy

Workers at Italcementi prepare for a national strike 2016-04-26 [BWI Global Union]
Italcementi workers prepare for a national strike 2016-04-26 [Global Cement]
Italian metalworkers hold a successful national strike 2016-04-21 [IndustriALL]


Latvia

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]
One-day warning strike to improve salaries and dialogue 2015-12-12 [Education International]


Liechtenstein


Lithuania

PM claims education workers' strikes influenced by Russia 2016-02-27 [Baltic Times]
LITHUANIA ATTEMPTS TO TACKLE ITS ALCOHOL CRISIS WITH WELFARE CUTS 2016-02-15 [Equal Times]
'No to slavery at work' - unions call protest action [PDF] 2015-08-24 [Lithuanian Trade Union Coordination Centre]


Luxembourg

Luxembourg pension fund bans Israel investment 2014-02-25 [i24news Israel]
Luxembourg unions celebrate dispute victory 2013-08-01 [ITF news]


Macedonia

The anguish of migrants in Macedonia 2015-07-30 [Equal Times]
THE ANGUISH OF MIGRANTS IN MACEDONIA 2015-07-28 [Equal Times]
EI to help solve labour conflict in the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia 2015-01-24 [Education International]


Malta

What independence? 2016-04-30 [Voice of the Workers]
Value of trade unions 2016-04-27 [The Times]
A strategic partner for Air Makta 2016-04-21 [Malta Independent]


Moldova

Meetings, services and victim support for IWMD16 2016-04-23 [ITUC]
Free Sergei Ilchenko! Free speech! 2015-07-15 [People and Nature]
Journalist Sergei Ilchenko jailed on extremism charges in Moldova’s Transdniester region 2015-04-02 [Council of Europe]


Monaco


Netherlands

KLM wants to freeze salaries of 15k ground workers says union rep 2016-05-02 [The NL Times]
Layoffs expected at Fugro after €370 million loss 2016-02-27 [NL Times]
Wages will not rise any time soon, says Dutch central bank 2016-02-27 [NL Times]


Norway

Looming strike could paralyse public services 2016-05-02 [The Local]
Offshore helicopter crash: 13 oil workers killed near Bergen 2016-04-30 [BBC]
Hotel strike still upsetting visitors 2016-04-28 [The News]


Poland

Celebration as Polish dockers’ union wins new deal 2016-04-26 [ITF Global Union]
Polish workers are undermining Amazon’s anti-union playbook 2016-04-02 [The Jacobin]
UNI calls for action against Smurfit Kappa’s attack on unions 2016-02-13 [UNI Global Union]


Portugal

Lisbon taxi drivers' Uber protest brings traffic to a crawl 2016-04-30 [DW]
Major new strike called for Lisbon 2016-04-19 [Port Strategy]
Ports to be Hit by Two Weeks of Strike Action 2016-04-11 [Ship & Bunker]


Romania

Marching miners reach Bucharest 2016-04-19 [euronews]
'Made in Europe': Plight of garment workers under scrutiny 2016-02-09 [Reuters]
Warning strike at Bucharest Otopeni Airport might cause flight delays on Friday 2016-01-21 [Insider]


Russia

In Russia's Detroit, layoffs are blamed on foreign interlopers 2016-04-29 [Reuters]
Crimea: journalist Mykola Semena charged with separatism 2016-04-29 [IFJ]
Labor Minister Says Russia Has No Poor Pensioners 2016-04-28 [Moscow Times]


San Marino


Serbia

Brain Drain as Medics Go West 2016-01-26 [Balkan Insight]
Trade union struggle contributes to ending discrimination against female public servants 2015-10-20 [Education International]
4 workers burned in Serbian munitions factory fire 2015-09-30 [The Times-Union]


Slovakia

Home Personal Finance Careers The Balance Get email alerts It’s better to be a working woman in Slovakia than America 2016-03-07 [MarketWatch]
Indefinite teachers strike starts 2016-01-26 [libcom.org]
Indefinite teachers strike has started 2016-01-26 [libcom]


Slovenia

Unions demand new regulations on occupational health 2016-04-23 [sta]
Energy workers suspending strike 2016-04-16 [STA]
Electricity trade union expected to step up strike 2016-04-12 [STA]


Spain

Unions challenge political parties with massive April 28 mobilisation 2016-04-23 [ITUC]
Unidad Editorial Workers Threaten Indefinite Strike And Demand Resignation Of Galiano 2016-04-23 [The Report]
Union members in Australia support jailed Spanish puppeteers 2016-04-11 [MEAA]


Sweden

Victory for construction workers’ strike in Sweden – new agreement promoting equality and diversity 2016-04-26 [BWI Global Union]
Honour the workers killed 2016-04-23 [ITUC]
Swedish foodworkers fighting Findus factory closure by asset strippers Nomad Foods 2016-04-11 [IUF]


Switzerland

A government decision to rob Peter to pay Paul has a teacher union up in arms 2016-04-29 [Education International]
Elevator company Schindler to cut 120 Swiss jobs 2016-03-02 [SwissInfo]
Shop workers slam new opening hours law 2016-02-25 [The Local]


Turkey

ITUC calls on Turkish Govt to stop intensified repression of unions 2016-05-03 [ITUC]
A peaceful Labor Day for Turkey after previous years of trouble 2016-05-03 [Daily Sabah]
Thousands mark International Workers’ Day in Turkey amidst heavy security 2016-05-03 [Hurriyet Daily News]


Ukraine

IWMD 2016 - Youth video from Ukraine 2016-04-30 [BWI Global Union]
Nuclear unions commemorate 30th anniversary of Chernobyl disaster 2016-04-29 [IndustriALL Global Union]
Labour Protection March in Kiev 2016-04-29 [kvpu.org.ua]


UK

Unite defiant in the face of paltry local government offer 2016-05-04 [Unite the Union]
North Sea worker strikes loom as contracts tighten 2016-05-03 [The Telegraph]
Ex-ministers and civil servant still taking lucrative private sector jobs despite Whitehall appointments watchdog 2016-05-03 [Independent]


Vatican City

Vatican commits to slavery-proofing its own supply chains 2016-01-19 [Albany Times Union]
Teachers should be paid more says Pope 2015-05-27 [Tesconnect]
Pope Francis demands equal pay for women, calls pay gap 'Pure scandal' 2015-05-01 [NBC]
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