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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

Rubber workers protest over unpaid wages 2014-12-19 [IndustriALL Global Union]
Nairit workers threaten to block Bagratuniats Street 2014-12-06 [Aysor]
Oxfam Launches Worker-Owned Factory 2014-10-21 [The Weekly]


Austria

International day of human rights: Active Unemployed Austria calls for a vigil in front of the ministry for social affairs to draw attention to the increasing violation of social human rights! 2014-12-05 [Active Unemployed Austria]
Disability Pension: Rudolf Hundstorfer, Minister for Social Affairs, puts more pressure on the weakest 2014-12-04 [Active Unemployed Austria]
Unemployment Insurance Sanctions: Withdrawals of Benefits reached a new hight in 2013! 2014-11-14 [Active Unemployed Austria]


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

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

General strike over public sector cuts 2014-12-16 [EUobserbver]
General strike over austerity program sees nation grind to a halt 2014-12-16 [Guardian]
General Strike Paralyzes Country 2014-12-16 [GPTU Blog]


Bosnia


Bulgaria

PM meets with trade union, employer’s organisations representatives 2014-12-15 [FOCUS]
Workers protest government's pension reform 2014-12-12 [Reuters]
Protesting unionists hold meeting with Bulgaria parliament chair 2014-12-12 [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

Builders call for VAT cut, green growth to recharge sector 2014-11-19 [The Mail]
Crunch meeting on doctors’ strike 2014-11-14 [The Mail]
Disgruntled public servants to break with PASYDY 2014-11-12 [The Mail]


Czech Republic

General strike toppled Communist regime - PM Sobotka 2014-11-27 [Noviny]
CSA´s cabin crews to stage strike next Thursday 2014-10-24 [Noviny]
CSA to fire third of its pilots as Russia passengers fall due to Ukraine crisis 2014-09-26 [The Free Press]


Denmark

Christmas strike feared after SAS buys Cimber 2014-12-10 [The Local]
Metro workers cheated out of wages 2014-12-09 [Denmarks Radio]
Women protest 17 per cent pay gap 2014-11-12 [The Star-Phoenix]


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

Employers' harsh attitude upsetting whole negotiation system 2014-12-18 [JHL]
Ann Selin elected UNI Global Union president 2014-12-16 [Trade Union News from Finland]
Dismissal of shop steward brings on the wrath of the trade unions 2014-12-12 [Trade Union News from Finland]


France

Union boss under fire for exorbitant renovations 2014-12-06 [France 24]
Railroad Controllers on Strike to Defend Jobs 2014-12-05 [Prensa Latina]
Crippling Christmas health strike 2014-12-04 [The Local]


Georgia

Labour code still favours employers 2014-12-10 [Democracy Watch]
Railway strike ends! 2014-12-04 [GTUC]
პროფკავშირების საერთაშორისო კონფედერაციის სოლიდარობა რკინიგზელებს 2014-12-03 [GTUC]


Germany

Amazon Germany: strike wave in the Christmas season 2014-12-17 [UNI]
Amazon Workers in Germany Extend Strike 2014-12-17 [Reuters]
Amazon workers strike at five German facilities 2014-12-16 [CNet]


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

Protesters Clash With Police 2014-12-07 [The Wall Street Journal]
Police tear gas occupied building of the GSEE Worker's Union in Athens 2014-12-07 [Demotix]
Police on Alert Ahead of ‘Hot Weekend’ in Athens 2014-12-06 [The Greek Reporter]


Hungary

Leader wants drug tests for journalists 2014-12-13 [Associated Press]
Tobacco union to stage demo against gov’t changes 2014-12-11 [Politics]
Tension grows between union and Hankook 2014-12-01 [BBJ]


Iceland

Global commute for Kiwi meat workers 2014-11-20 [The Herald]
Bus Drivers Told They Will Be Fired For Complaining 2014-09-29 [Grapevine]
Union Official Worried About Tourism Industry Workers 2014-09-02 [Grapevine]


Ireland

SIPTU members vote against DAA pension proposals 2014-12-16 [RTÉ]
Workplace Relations Bill set to radically overhaul employment disputes 2014-12-16 [Irish Times]
Joy, relief and sadness greet Waterford Crystal pension vote 2014-12-16 [Irish Times]


Italy

Unions vow to continue fight against Renzi after general strike 2014-12-16 [dpa]
Leftist leader in fratricidal showdown with trade unions 2014-12-16 [dpa]
Nationwide anti-reform strikes hit Italy's public services 2014-12-12 [DW]


Latvia

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]
Teachers prepare to strike over salaries 2013-11-09 [Baltic Times]


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

Zinc and lead miners to strike 2014-11-27 [Metal Bulletin]
IFJ/EFJ Condemn Continued Detention of Tomislav Kezarovski 2013-07-26 [IFJ]
Jailed journalist begins hunger strike 2013-07-22 [Xindex]


Malta

UHM reply to nurses union comments 2014-12-18 [www.uhm.org.mt]
unethical comments from nurses union 2014-12-15 [Malta Independent]
Tribunal awards Enemalta workers €70,000 for workplace discrimination 2014-12-10 [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

The Eternal Intern, or why it is so hard to find a paid job 2014-12-08 [Dutch News]
Staffing agencies are ripping off their foreign workers 2014-12-05 [Expatica]
Chaos around The Hague as train workers down tools 2014-12-02 [DutchNews]


Norway

New work rules set to halt flights 2014-12-06 [News in English]
Oil Workers Threaten Industrial Action Unless Jobs Saved 2014-12-03 [Bloomberg]
SAS cuts 100 Swedish jobs - choosing Norwegians instead 2014-11-23 [Copenhagen Post]


Poland

200 miners occupy company headquarters 2014-11-21 [IndustriALL]
200 Polish miners occupy company headquarters 2014-11-18 [IndustriALL Global Union]
Workers win strike at Belchatow Hospital 2014-11-06 [libcom.org]


Portugal

Austerity policies and trade unionism: A glance at Portugal 2014-12-16 [GLC]
TAP Air Portugal to stage general strike over the holiday season 2014-12-11 [The Journal]
Workers at TAP Air Portugal opposing plans to privatize company 2014-12-07 [The Journal]


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

Metalworkers face union busting in Russia 2014-11-14 [IndustriALL Global Union]
ITF solidarity call for victimised Russia dockers’ leader 2014-11-10 [ITF]
Aeroflot Extends Collective Agreement With Employees 2014-10-23 [Digital Journal]


San Marino


Serbia

Ratification of ILO Convention 94 used as a basis for the work on blacklisting of companies 2014-12-11 [BWI]
Teachers strike over pay cuts 2014-11-18 [The Weekly]
Thousands of health care workers strike against austerity 2014-11-06 [Europe Online]


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

Unions and Parliament Officials Discuss Youth Unemployment 2014-12-11 [STA]
Ljubljana University Sounds the Alarm Over Funding 2014-12-11 [STA]
Most Heath Care Unions Against Public Sector Pay Cuts Deal 2014-12-06 [STA]


Spain

A PROUD DAY 2014-12-11 [Equal Times]
Mass Madrid march challenges cuts 2014-12-01 [The Morning Star]
trade union leaders are criminalised for striking 2014-11-29 [Equal Times]


Sweden

Half of young Swedes are in temporary jobs 2014-11-20 [The Local]
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]


Switzerland

Geneva transit drivers plan second strike 2014-12-02 [The Local]
Public transport strike disrupts Geneva 2014-11-20 [Swiss Info]
Strike grinds Geneva public transit to halt 2014-11-19 [The Local]


Turkey

'Kobanê will be liberated, we'll hold speeches in Kobanê the next time' 2014-12-18 [ Besta Nûçe]
IFJ/EFJ Condemn mass Arrest of Turkish Journalists 2014-12-16 [IFJ]
In Push Against Muslim Cleric, Turkey Detains Police Officers and Journalists 2014-12-15 [New York Times]


Ukraine

Both sides of hostilities are trying to shift the costs of war onto the shoulders of workers 2014-12-08 [Dialogs]
Coal miners stuck in the middle of Ukraine war - Report 2014-11-04 [Steel Guru]
Coal miners stuck in the middle of Ukraine's war 2014-11-01 [News Observer]


UK

Building blacklisters taken back to court 2014-12-17 [Morning Star]
Comedian joins London lecturers on picket lines 2014-12-17 [Morning Star]
Unite calls for Acas talks to avoid airport ground handler strike 2014-12-17 [Unite]


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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