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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

Oxfam Launches Worker-Owned Factory 2014-10-21 [The Weekly]
Protection of workers’ labor, safety and health 2013-06-26 [ARKA]
Protecting Workers’ Rights 2012-12-05 [Asbarez]


Austria

Together we stand: Active Unemployed Austria supports the week of action against workfare in UK 2014-10-06 [Active Unemployed 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]


Azerbaijan

Executive Committee of General Confederation of Trade Unions convenes in Baku 2014-10-23 [News.Az]
President receives Secretary General of Int'l Confederation of Trade Unions 2014-10-23 [News.Az]
Stop harassment and legal action against leading investigative journalist 2014-10-18 [IFJ]


Belarus

Babrujsk activists who took part in hunger strike of protest, dismissed 2014-10-01 [Charter 97]
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]


Belgium

Strikes in Belgium shut down Delhaize stores 2014-10-18 [Supermarket News]
Unions plan general strike for 15 December 2014-10-16 [Daily Mail]
Trade unions protest in Brussels against austerity plans 2014-09-24 [Expatica]


Bosnia


Bulgaria

olice officers, firefighters, rescue workers and prison guards gathered to protest on Saturday 2014-10-19 [Focus]
Trade Unions Threaten Protests over Planned Merger of Customs, Revenue Agency 2014-10-18 [Novinite]
Employers, Trade Unions, Decry Lobby Groups in Energy Board 2014-10-18 [Novinite]


Croatia

Trade Union and Employers 'Fair Prices Initiative' Launched in Croatia 2014-09-03 [BWI]
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]


Cyprus

Public strikes off after gov't chickens out of bonus tax 2014-09-19 [The Mirror]
Civil servants call off strike 2014-09-18 [The Mail]
Public sector employees go on strike this Friday 2014-09-16 [The Mirror]


Czech Republic

CSA to fire third of its pilots as Russia passengers fall due to Ukraine crisis 2014-09-26 [The Free Press]
Czech Airlines to Lay Off About One Third of Staff 2014-09-25 [The Wall Street Journal]
Czech Airlines' stewards threaten strike over layoffs 2014-09-25 [Channel News Asia]


Denmark

Unionised Danish McDonald's Workers get paid double their US colleagies - and get sick pay 2014-09-21 [Business Insider]
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]


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

Social democrats kept clear majority at the Woodworkers' Union 2014-10-23 [Trade Union News from Finland]
Survey: economic difficulties causing insecurity at the workplace 2014-10-16 [Trade Union News from Finland]
Terms of employment must be respected in Palmia 2014-10-14 [JHL]


France

Paris: Luxury hotel staff strike for better pay 2014-10-22 [The Local]
'We made a giant cave in' 2014-10-16 [Equal Times]
Air France's Pilot Strike Nightmare Has Wiped More Than $US600 Million Off Its Profits 2014-10-09 [Reuters]


Georgia

Vacations – Length and rules of paid leave 2014-10-09 [GTUC]
GTUC calls for the government to pass a legislation on employment 2014-10-08 [GTUC]
GTUC position on “World Day for Decent Work” 2014-10-08 [GTUC]


Germany

Employees at US bases to get pay hikes 2014-10-23 [The Stars and Stripes]
Lufthansa’s pilots extend strike to long-haul services 2014-10-22 [The Times]
Series of strikes prompt calls to curb smaller unions 2014-10-21 [Reuters]


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

ON A REMOTE GREEK ISLAND, SYRIANS FIND REFUGE 2014-10-06 [Equal Times]
Armed only with rubber gloves, Greek cleaners fight the iron fist of austerity 2014-10-01 [Equal Times]
Air Traffic Controllers Announce 48-hour Strike 2014-10-01 [Greek Reporter]


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

Bus Drivers Told They Will Be Fired For Complaining 2014-09-29 [Grapevine]
Union Official Worried About Tourism Industry Workers 2014-09-02 [Grapevine]
Demanded Fair Wage And Got Fired 2014-08-04 [Grapevine]


Ireland

Men given community service for safety breaches over lift death 2014-10-23 [irishtimes.com]
'I lost Ryanair promotion after asking Jedward for autographs' 2014-10-23 [independent.ie]
Goodman's ABP rejects pay claim due to horsemeat scandal 2014-10-23 [independent.ie]


Italy

Camusso warns of 'season of mobilization' 2014-10-17 [Gazzetta del Sud]
BWI and Italian affiliates sign IFA with Salini Impregilo 2014-10-15 [BWI]
Rome Opera dismisses orchestra and choir 2014-10-15 [UNI Global Union]


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

Nurses union deny government claims that Gozo is prepared for Ebola virus 2014-10-12 [The Times]
‘Gozo hospital is not prepared for Ebola virus’ – Nurses Union 2014-10-12 [Malta Today]
Unions, employers generally satisfied with proposed €1.16 cost of living adjustment increase 2014-10-09 [The Independent]


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

Brinks armoured car workers could strike 2014-10-21 [The Times]
Unions warn of 1,000 lost stevedore jobs from automated terminals in Rotterdam 2014-10-17 [The Loadstar]
Action in Amsterdam against workfare during meeting of minister with aldermen 2014-10-10 [committee Dwangarbeid Nee]


Norway

Oil companies have been spendthrift 2014-10-20 [Stavanger Aftenblad]
Statoil's cuts threaten safety 2014-10-14 [Stavanger Aftenblad]
Statoil employees rankled by layabouts slur 2014-10-02 [Stavanger Aftenblad]


Poland

“Relief is a political gesture”: The Jewish Labor Committee’s interventions in war-torn Poland, 1939-1945 2014-09-11 [TRANSATLANTICA]
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]


Portugal

Union accuses government of 'manipulating' state budget for 2015 2014-10-11 [The Daily]
Lisbon Metro workers to strike again 2014-10-08 [The News]
Lisbon Metro suspended as workers strike again 2014-09-26 [The News]


Romania

Public workers stage vuvuzela pay protest 2014-10-08 [Reuters]
Workers protest salaries, underfunded health-care 2014-10-08 [Yahoo]
Rail workers stage two-hour strike 2014-04-24 [The Herald]


Russia

Aeroflot Extends Collective Agreement With Employees 2014-10-23 [Digital Journal]
World Cup 2018 : BWI Concerned about the implemenation of FIFA Law in Russia 2014-10-02 [BWI]
Workers’ wage arrears protests send Putin a chilling reminder of the Yeltsin era 2014-09-24 [The Conversation]


San Marino


Serbia

Teachers To Strike on Wednesday 2014-10-19 [InSerbia]
Police trade unions end strike 2014-10-07 [B92]
Police Unions End Strike After 10 Days 2014-10-07 [In Serbia]


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

Unions Call on Cerar to Prevent Worker Exploitation 2014-10-19 [STA]
Exploitation of migrant workers in Slovenia 2014-09-10 [RTV SLO]
Energy Union to Discuss General Strike Over Situation at HSE 2014-07-07 [STA]


Spain

Factbox: Spanish unions denounce failings in Ebola nurse case 2014-10-13 [AFP]
Madrid hospital staff quit over Ebola fears 2014-10-12 [Guardian]
Nurses refuse to treat Ebola patients amid fears of infection 2014-10-12 [Telegraph]


Sweden

Public Sector Union leader made Minister in new Swedish Social Democrat/Green govt 2014-10-05 [EPSU]
ILO and H&M sign unique agreement on sustainable global supply chains in the garment industry 2014-09-27 [ILO]
Former union leader welcomed as he is elected Swedish PM 2014-09-19 [IndustriALL Global Union]


Switzerland

Electrolux plant closure highlights job fears 2014-10-22 [Swiss Info]
Switzerland-China Free Trade Agreement and Labour Rights 2014-10-13 [GLC]
Railway gets order barring strike 2014-09-15 [The Observer]


Turkey

Workers can't collectively determine wages 2014-10-19 [TodaysZaman]
981 media personnel fired, 56 forced to resign in first half of 2014 2014-10-18 [Cihan]
Media bodies call on Turkey to release detained Kurdish journalists 2014-10-13 [The Guardian]


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

Brit Nurses Union warns over EU-US trade deal 2014-10-23 [Press Association]
NHS must be protected from impact of trade deal says Nurse Union 2014-10-23 [Royal College of Nursing]
Blacklisted workers refuse to back down 2014-10-23 [Morning Star]


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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