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Labour news from Europe


Albania

Albanian oil workers win unpaid wages after strike action 2018-01-04 [IndustriALL]
Oil workers stage protest for unpaid wages 2017-12-28 [Xinhua]
Oil Workers Rally for Unpaid Wages 2017-12-28 [Balkan Insight]


Andorra


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

High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein - New Austria coalition marks 'dangerous development' 2017-12-22 [AFP]
One dead in Austrian gas hub blast 2017-12-15 [The Local]
Sexual assault allegations emerge in Austria's professional skiing scene 2017-11-29 [The Local]


Azerbaijan

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]
Journalism Watchdog Calls For Release Of Azerbaijani Reporter 2017-08-30 [RFE/RL]


Belarus

Harrassment against freelance journalists on the rise 2017-11-27 [EFJ]
Ukrainian journalist arrested in Belarus on spy charges 2017-11-23 [EFJ]
Released union leader Ihar Komlik: Now I Am Going To Work With Triple Energy 2017-10-05 [Charter 97]


Belgium

Flanders taxi reform opens door to Uber and threatens driver income 2018-01-16 [ITF GLOBAL UNION ]
Unions shed light on increasingly difficult job of being a teacher 2017-11-15 [Education International]
Greater Respect for Workers' Rights Is Demanded 2017-11-09 [Prensa Latina]


Bosnia


Bulgaria

Thousands protest to demand better wages in Bulgaria 2017-11-02 [IndustriALL]
Workers rally for higher wages as economy motors 2017-10-29 [The Gears of Biz]
TV journalist threatened by politicians 2017-10-12 [IFJ]


Croatia

Journalists facing death threats 2017-12-29 [Deutsche Welle]
EFJ issues alert as Croatian reporter receives death threat 2017-11-05 [EFJ]
Physical attack against journalist Drago Miljuš 2017-10-17 [IFJ]


Cyprus

Bank workers union to demonstrate over provident funds 2018-01-03 [Cyprus Mail]
Can a new journalism initiative in Cyprus help “encourage dialogue rather than promote violence”? 2017-11-21 [Equal Times]
President tries to avert electricity strike 2017-11-03 [The Mail]


Czech Republic

Financial sector strike threat highlights sector conditions 2017-11-16 [Radio Praha]
Strike warning in Czech Finance sector 2017-11-16 [UNI Global Union]
Bank and insurance workers declare strike alert over pay 2017-11-15 [Radio Praha]


Denmark

Film producer returns to work despite harassment allegations 2018-01-12 [The Local]
From opera to Slush – how #metoo is changing the Nordics 2017-12-26 [Nordic Labour Journal ]
Union think-tank argues Danish economy good enough to increase wages 2017-12-21 [The Local]


Estonia

EVR Cargo extends collective agreement with railway workers 2017-12-31 [ERR News]
EFJ urges Estonia to reconsider denied accreditation to Russian journalists 2017-09-06 [EFJ]
Unions inform Baltic colleagues of issues with Lumino 2017-09-04 [err]


Faroe Islands


Finland

3,000 white-collar paper workers in Finland to strike 2018-01-12 [IndustriALL]
Dispute over weekend work closes banks on Thursday and Friday 2018-01-06 [Helsinki Times]
Bank workers strike goes ahead 2018-01-06 [YLE]


France

We don’t want French workers treated like workers in the UK and USA, CGT union leader 2018-01-13 [The Local]
Ikea faces trial in France for 'paying to see police files on staff and customers' 2018-01-12 [The Local]
Macron and Uber Era Threaten Role of Once-Powerful French Union 2018-01-04 [Bloooberg]


Georgia

Where did you get your tree? Child climbers in Georgia risk lives for Christmas 2018-01-05 [Thomson Reuters Foundation]
Georgia’s Labour reforms do little to fix the country’s deadly workplaces 2017-12-28 [oc-media.org]
Working 24 hours straight in Georgia’s supermarkets 2017-12-20 [OC Media]


Germany

German strikes spread to Daimler, union mulls escalation 2018-01-16 [Reuters]
Metalworkers’ union launches mass strikes for wage rise and reduced hours 2018-01-12 [IndustriALL]
Strike threat looms as labour talks start in Germany 2018-01-12 [Reuters]


Gibraltar

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]
Unite Gibraltar seeks to build international links 2015-08-24 [The Chronicle]


Greece

Parliament approves more bailout reforms despite protests 0 2018-01-16 [Brinkwire]
Strikes in Greece as unions oppose reforms that will limit industrial action 2018-01-15 [The Times]
No public transport in Athens as workers strike, protest austerity 2018-01-15 [Kathimerini]


Hungary

European study finds Hungarian workers enjoy the best Xmas bonuses 2017-12-20 [BBJ]
Tesco agreement with union results in average 10% wage hike 2017-12-10 [BBJ]
Increased activity of labour unions in Hungary 2017-12-07 [Lexology]


Iceland

It is now illegal to pay a woman less than a man 2018-01-02 [Think Progress]
A world first. Iceland legalises equal pay between men and women 2018-01-02 [Al Jazeera ]
Iceland is bridging the gender pay gap, but can South Africa do the same 2017-10-10 [Business Report]


Ireland

Strike looms over Section 39 pay restoration 2018-01-17 [Irish Examiner]
Secondary principals welcome restoration of middle-management posts 2018-01-17 [Irish Examiner]
FSU begins centenary archive project 2018-01-17 [FSU]


Italy

Ryanair braced for February strike by Italian unions 2018-01-12 [The Local]
Unions call for Ryanair strike on February 10 2018-01-12 [Reuters]
Ryanair faces strike by air transport unions 2018-01-11 [Digital Journal]


Latvia

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


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

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

High time to protect Media Freedom 2017-12-28 [EFJ]
Strike blocks railway traffic in Macedonia - report 2017-12-12 [SeeNews]
Two journalists injured during storming of the Parliament 2017-05-05 [EFJ]


Malta

European delegation investigates rule of law in Malta 2018-01-15 [EFJ]
Industrial action by social welfare employees ‘risks getting worse’ 2018-01-13 [The Times]
UĦM orders industrial action 2018-01-10 [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

Union calls for stop on migrant workers 2018-01-15 [The Times]
Strike action to protect quality primary education 2017-12-14 [Education International]
Dutch Union calls for elimination of gender pay gap 2017-11-21 [NLtimes]


Norway

Cooperation With Norwegian Partners Continues 2017-12-27 [KTR]
Barometer highlights importance of collective decision-making 2017-12-26 [Nordic Labour Journal ]
178 people in Norway’s media industry experienced sexual harassment in last 6 months : report 2017-12-18 [The Local]


Poland

Even in Poland, Workers’ Wages Flow to North Korea 2018-01-02 [New York Times]
Poland’s civil society crackdown continues 2017-12-19 [Equal Times]
More workers will not have to work on the Sabbath after change in laws due to union campaign 2017-12-02 [Premier]


Portugal

Portugal: public anger mounts over government response to deadly wildfires 2018-01-17 [Equal Times]
Strike at registry offices, notaries brings out 90% of workers - union 2017-12-31 [Portugal News]
Strike at registry offices, notaries brings out 90% of workers 2017-12-29 [The News]


Romania

Appliance producer maintains net salaries of its 3,600 employees 2017-12-28 [Romanian Insider ]
Workers at Ford car plant in Romania go on strike 2017-12-25 [Romania Insider]
Police union: Citizen safety, not a Govt. priority 2017-12-21 [Insider]


Russia

Kremlin Moving To Destroy All Independent Trade Unions – OpEd 2018-01-17 [EurAsia Review]
Union-busting, Russian style 2018-01-16 [openDemocracy]
A St. Petersburg court liquidates a labor union that accepted foreign funding 2018-01-16 [Medua]


San Marino


Serbia

Teachers Demand Higher Salaries, Less Central Control 2017-09-30 [RFE/RL]
Weekly ‘Vranjske novine’ closed following administrative harassment 2017-09-25 [EFJ]
Journalists from Magločistač web portal receive death threats 2017-09-25 [EFJ]


Slovakia

Embraco employees on strike alert 2018-01-10 [The Spectator]
Slovakia strike victory: “We won’t be slaves to western companies” 2017-11-28 [Equal Times]
Strike victory : “We won’t be slaves to western companies” 2017-11-28 [Equal Times]


Slovenia

Major trade union group insists on strike 2018-01-03 [STA]
Problems of newsstand workers highlighted at a rally 2017-12-13 [STA]
Firefighters staging rally, demanding higher pay 2017-10-05 [The Star]


Spain

Barcelona Open courtside models reveal health issues, fines handed down for sexual discrimination 2018-01-13 [NZ City]
Fines for sexual discrimination proposed for major Spanish tennis tournament 2018-01-10 [Xinhua]
Madrid to raise minimum wage to 736 euros a month 2017-12-28 [The Local ]


Sweden

Sweden’s smooth energy transition Sweden's smooth energy transition 2018-01-15 [Equal Times]
The robots are coming, and Sweden is fine 2017-12-30 [The Record]
The Robots Are Coming - and Sweden is Fine 2017-12-28 [NYT]


Switzerland

Government to allow more foreign workers into Switzerland in 2018 2017-11-29 [The Local]
Jura parliament finally agrees minimum wage of 20 francs per hour 2017-11-24 [The Local ]
Educators stand up for children and refugees on World Children’s Day 2017-11-22 [Education International]


Turkey

European Union pressuring Turkey to release jailed journalists 2018-01-17 [EFJ]
130,000 metalworkers determined to go on strike 2018-01-17 [IndustriALL]
Implement Constitutional Court decision to free journalists 2018-01-15 [EFJ]


Ukraine

94 miners are on trial for an underground protest 2017-12-15 [kvpu.org.ua]
Ukrainian miners face searches and strong pressure 2017-12-07 [IndustriALL]
Independent trade union of the PJSC 'Sukha Balka' is facing pressure in the fight for labor rights 2017-12-01 [КВПУ]


UK

NAO report is a scathing indictment of PFI, says UNISON 2018-01-18 [UNISON]
‘Flimsy’ reassurances anger unions as creditors brace for Carillion fallout 2018-01-18 [Guardian]
Outsourcing giant Interserve under ministers' microscopes over fears of Carillion-style collapse 2018-01-18 [Morning Star]


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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