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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

Artsakh Trade Unions Hold 3rd Congress 2014-12-26 [Asbarez]
Rubber workers protest over unpaid wages 2014-12-19 [IndustriALL Global Union]
Nairit workers threaten to block Bagratuniats Street 2014-12-06 [Aysor]


Austria

Austrian Unemployment at record high: Work Agency Chairman Mr. Johannes Kopf should start to work rather than fuel the sentiment against unemployed people! 2015-04-11 [Active Unemployed Austria]
Suspend consideration of partner income at the Unemployment Assistance! 2015-02-05 [Active Unemployed Austria]
From eAMS to Skill Matching: Computers cannot conjure up meaningful work 2014-12-21 [Aufrecht bestehen]


Azerbaijan

Hidden Journalist Refugee at Swiss Embassy in Azerbaijan 2015-02-14 [IFJ]
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]


Belarus

In Belarus, women need not apply for work in 181 occupations 2014-11-16 [Open Democracy]
Workers on hunger strike detained by police in Babruisk 2014-11-11 [Charter 97]
In Babruisk workers went on indefinite hunger strike 18 2014-11-10 [Charter 97]


Belgium

More strike action threatened 2015-04-23 [The Global Post]
Brussels hit by transport strike 2015-04-22 [The Telegraph]
ITF expresses condolences over Antwerp docker deaths 2015-04-15 [ITF]


Bosnia


Bulgaria

Anarcho-syndicalists support protest of bar workers at the Golden Sands resort 2015-03-14 [Libcom]
Bar workers protest at the Golden Sands resort 2015-03-12 [libcom.org]
Justice minister provides 76.72% of needed sum for prison workers’ remuneration: official 2015-02-07 [Focus]


Croatia

Shipyard workers face an unweatherable storm 2014-11-19 [Equal Times]
Croatia’s shipyard workers face an unweatherable storm 2014-11-19 [Equal Times]
Trade Union and Employers 'Fair Prices Initiative' Launched in Croatia 2014-09-03 [BWI]


Cyprus

EAC unions call off strike 2015-03-27 [The Mail]
Minister not sure why Larnaca port workers are striking this time 2015-03-27 [The Mail]
Hotel workers demonstrate, threaten summer action 2015-03-25 [The Mail]


Czech Republic

Unions at VW's Czech unit Skoda raise strike threat over pay hikes 2015-04-17 [Reuters]
Škoda Auto trade unions threaten strike 2015-04-16 [Prague Post]
Unions at VW unit issue strike threat 2015-04-10 [Canadian Labour Reporter]


Denmark

Working in Denmark: Unions and A-kasse 2015-04-18 [The Local]
Maersk says to cut 200 jobs in oil unit 2015-04-17 [Reuters]
Call to support Danish ‘Heroes of the Sky’ 2015-04-09 [ITF]


Estonia

TUC Head urges Govt to find solutions to wave of redundancies 2015-01-27 [The Baltic Course]
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]


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

More and more Finnish municipalities taking back outsourced services 2015-04-24 [Trade Union News from Finland]
The Nokia and Alcatel-Lucent merger makes trade unions worried for jobs in Finland 2015-04-22 [Trade Union News from Finland]
No public procurement for companies engaged in aggressive tax avoidance 2015-04-20 [JHL]


France

Protracted radio strike shows challenges of reform 2015-04-15 [The Times-Union]
Air-traffic strike: What are the strikes about? 2015-04-13 [The Independent]
Eiffel Tower CLOSED and facing €387,500 in lost ticket sales after staff walk out in solidarity with national union strike 2015-04-12 [Daily Mail ]


Georgia

The many costs of being one of the long-term unemployed 2015-04-18 [GTUC]
Control on law enforcement is essential for Labour safety 2015-04-18 [GTUC]
Important meetings 2015-04-18 [GTUC]


Germany

Train drivers hang on for second strike day 2015-04-23 [The Local]
Rail strike spreads to passenger trains 2015-04-22 [Reuters]
Train drivers announce another strike 2015-04-21 [Deutsche Welle]


Gibraltar

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]
Chief Minister urges all to celebrate May Day 2013-04-30 [The Chronicle]


Greece

Seamen go on strike, no ferries on Labor Day 2015-04-22 [ANSAMED]
One Port Two Worlds: How Chinese COSCO dominates Greek port and de-unionises 2015-04-17 [Spiegel International]
NEW DATA REVEALS BIRTH RATE DECLINE IN CRISIS-HIT GREECE 2015-04-16 [Equal Times]


Hungary

Gov’t plans to abolish intelligence services’ trade unions 2015-04-18 [Politics.hu]
Unions in Hungary seek referendum to overturn shopping ban 2015-03-17 [Associated Press]
A Hungarian company joins peers to protest minimum wage rule in German court 2015-03-14 [BBJ]


Iceland

Workers Overwhelmingly Approve General Strike 2015-04-22 [Rejkjavik Grapevine]
Unions Leaders Let Corporate Head Hear It 2015-04-17 [The Grapevine]
Fish Factory Worker Fights Back – With Song! 2015-03-28 [Grapvine]


Ireland

Thank you for your continued support 2015-04-24 [Decency for Dunnes Workers]
7,000 staff at ESB look set to get pay increases of 2 per cent from April 2015-04-24 [Irish Times]
Language students protest as fears grow of another closure 2015-04-24 [Irish Times]


Italy

IWMD 2015 2015-04-21 [BWI]
Fiat Chrysler sets bonus scheme for Italy workers 2015-04-18 [The Local]
Gvt joins unions warns Whirlpool against layoffs 2015-04-18 [The Local]


Latvia

Health and Social Care Employees' Union to hold rally on April 20 2015-03-18 [The Baltic Course]
Minimum wage in Latvia in 2015 will be raised to EUR 360 2014-12-03 [The Baltic ]
Education workers planning to go on strike 2014-11-13 [The Baltic Course]


Liechtenstein


Lithuania

ETUC letter to the Lithuanian President and Prime Minister 2014-12-02 [ETUC]
Teachers to strike over higher pay demands 2014-12-02 [Baltic Times]
Teachers go on indefinite astrike 2014-12-02 [The Baltic Course]


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

EI to help solve labour conflict in the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia 2015-01-24 [Education International]
IFJ and EFJ together demand the review of Macedonian journalist Kezarovski's trial 2015-01-23 [IFJ]
IFJ and EFJ Call on Macedonian Authorities to Grant the Permanent Release of Journalist Kezarovski 2015-01-21 [IFJ]


Malta

Tensions between unions in Malta 2015-04-24 [The Malta Independent]
UHM in talks with Pantalesco Ltd about company layoffs 2015-04-22 [The Malta Independent]
Teachers union appeals for immunisation for chickenpox 2015-04-21 [Malta Today]


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

Workers plan limited strike at oil-storage hub 2015-04-15 [The Business Times]
Amsterdam sex workers protest 'clean up' of notorious Red Light District 2015-04-12 [Salon]
Oil storage workers poised to strike in fuel-trade hub 2015-04-11 [The Business Times]


Norway

Collective agreement a victory for teachers 2015-04-21 [Education International]
Statoil to slash 10 percent of workforce 2015-04-18 [The Local]
Union representative denied access to accommodation rig 2015-04-16 [Industri Energi]


Poland

Big Gdansk container terminal bans dock union organisers 2015-03-19 [ITF]
Coal miners wage militant struggle against privatisation - PM 2015-03-07 [Coal Guru]
Government squashes more mining reforms in nod to powerful unions 2015-03-04 [Reuters]


Portugal

TAP Air Portugal staging 10 day strike in May 2015-04-17 [The JournaL]
95% train ticket offices remain closed due to strike 2015-04-10 [Customs Today]
Railway strike chaos 2015-04-06 [The News]


Romania

Court orders Wizz Air to reinstate dismissed union leader 2015-03-27 [ITF Global Union]
Protests Continue at Dacia Romania as Workers Ask for More Money 2015-01-08 [Autoevolution]
Public workers stage vuvuzela pay protest 2014-10-08 [Reuters]


Russia

Fifa presidential candidates urged to address human rights issues 2015-04-22 [Guardian]
Unpaid Workers Unite in Protest Against Putin 2015-04-22 [The Times]
Workers Take Aim at Putin as Economy Exacts Its Toll 2015-04-21 [New York Times]


San Marino


Serbia

Teachers’ protest finally ends 2015-04-23 [In Serbia]
Teachers strike, classes suspended in Cacak, Gornji Milanovac, Krusevac 2015-03-24 [IN News]
Six Serbian Migrant Workers Killed in Russia 2015-02-25 [BWI]


Slovakia

More pro-employee measures adopted, praised by unions 2014-11-24 [The Spectator]
Strike alert called off at Volkswagen plant 2014-05-29 [The Post]
Volkswagen workers brace for full-blown strike 2014-05-03 [The Spectator]


Slovenia

Employers, Minister for Dialogue on Minimum Wage 2015-04-01 [STA]
Port Representatives Urge For Better Worker Protection 2015-03-14 [STA]
Unions Want Higher Standard of Living in 2015 2015-01-06 [STA]


Spain

Supreme Court rules dismissed workers' rights were violated at Coca-Cola 2015-04-21 [IUF]
Court Voids Layoffs at Coca-Cola Bottler 2015-04-17 [Legalera]
Court Voids Layoffs at Coca-Cola Bottler 2015-04-15 [NASDAQ]


Sweden

Unpaid job trials are exploitative and akin to slavery, says Union 2015-02-19 [Staffing Industry]
Volvo announces 1000 job cuts 2015-02-06 [The Local]
Huge job cuts at Gothenburg ball bearing plant 2015-01-29 [The Local]


Switzerland

Rotterdam Convention no credibility on chrysotile 2015-03-28 [BWI]
Farcical Technical Workshop on Chrysotile in Rotterdam Convention – Asbestos Industry junket to Geneva 2015-03-28 [BWI]
Rally protests against pay equality gap 2015-03-08 [Swiss Info]


Turkey

BWI Solidarity Mission to Support Striking Workers of SFC Kronospan 2015-04-24 [BWI]
ACT NOW! Defend the Rights of SFC Integrated (Kronospan) Workers 2015-04-24 [BWI]
Anti-union politics 2015-04-24 [teleSUR]


Ukraine

III Ukrainian Miner’s Congress 2015-04-24 [kvpu.org.ua]
Coal workers hold pickets in capital 2015-04-23 [The Times-Union]
IFJ/EFJ appalled by gunning down of journalist in Kiev 2015-04-18 [IFJ]


UK

TUC's Owen Tudor: 'We are totally opposed to TTIP' 2015-04-24 [EurActiv]
Marian Nemit: Crushed builder, 21, dies far from home 2015-04-24 [Morning Star]
Northern Ireland Ambulance staff from Unite union to hold 24-hour strike 2015-04-24 [BBC]


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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