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Albania

Contact centre workers launch the first new Albanian labour union in more than 80 years 2019-02-19 [UNI Global Union]
Government must retract proposed laws on online media 2019-01-21 [IFJ]
Request to drop initiative on amendment of media laws 2018-12-27 [EFJ]


Andorra

Principality witnesses first strike since 1933 2018-03-16 [The Digital Journal]


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

Win for young workers 2019-02-22 [ITF]
Protestors rally to save Austria’s social insurance system 2018-12-18 [UNI Global Union]
Rail strike disrupts 100,000 passengers 2018-11-27 [Canadian Labour Reporter]


Azerbaijan

Country violated the rights of investigative journalist Khadija Ismayilova 2019-01-12 [EFJ]
Representatives of KazTransOil fly to Batumi to negotiate with workers on strike 2018-04-04 [MENAFN]
RFE/RL Takes Azerbaijani Case To ECHR 2017-09-19 [RFE]


Belarus

Precedent set as Belarusian authorities register local union 2019-01-23 [IndustriALL]
Trade union case raised with the EU 2019-01-19 [IndustriALL]
Electronics union is no stranger to struggle 2019-01-19 [IndustriALL]


Belgium

Unions to toughen social actions at skeyes, yet with “relatively small disturbances” for air traffic 2019-03-19 [Aviation 24]
Air cargo traffic disrupted between Wednesday night and Thursday morning 2019-03-14 [The Times]
Agreement at Danone Dairy Belgium restricts casual employment 2019-03-01 [IUF]


Bosnia


Bulgaria

Bulgarian textile workers demand EU-wide minimum wage 2019-02-13 [Euronews]
IFJ backs call to scrap law 2019-02-01 [IFJ]
Miners protest to demand job security 2018-11-30 [News 1130]


Croatia

Journalists stage protest against abusive lawsuits 2019-03-07 [EFJ]
Problems Continue at Županja Combine Harvester Factory 2019-03-06 [Total News]
Same Deutz Fahr Žetelice Workers Still Striking 2019-02-06 [Total News]


Cyprus

Limassol dockers to stage 24-hour strike over forced arbitration 2019-01-15 [The Mirror]
Strike to go ahead at Limassol port on Wednesday 2019-01-14 [Cyprus Mail]
Port workers threaten strike 2019-01-11 [Cyprus Mail]


Czech Republic

Mine explosion kills at least 1, leaves 10 missing 2018-12-21 [97.3]
IndustriALL mourns for 13 miners killed in Czech Republic 2018-12-21 [IndustriALL]
Finance workers reach new sectoral bargaining agreement, end strike alert 2018-10-26 [UNI Global Union]


Denmark

Union argues four months paternity leave as the only way towards equality 2019-03-08 [The Post]
Trade union movement gathers the troops 2019-02-11 [Nordic Labour Journal]
3F organizes for a collective agreement for Tivoli Gardens fast food workers 2019-01-05 [IUF]


Estonia

Trade union dispute with state-owned ferry company may end up in court 2018-10-27 [ERR]
Grappling With Wage Pressures 2018-05-27 [The Financial Tribune]
EFJ meets Estonian MEPs to discuss Baltic fact-finding mission 2018-05-16 [EFJ]


Faroe Islands


Finland

No new activation model stage two 2019-03-05 [Trade Union News from Finland]
Citizens’ initiative to stop activation model voted down in Parliament following most unusual debate 2019-02-21 [Trade Union News from Finland]
Finnish employee must work 34 days to reach a single day’s pay for CEO 2019-02-18 [Trade Union News from Finland]


France

Schools, transport, hospitals: How Tuesday's national strikes in France could affect you 2019-03-19 [The Local]
Eurostar passengers face five-hour queues in Paris as French customs protest rumbles on 2019-03-19 [The Local]
More travel chaos in France as French customs agents reject government offer 2019-03-14 [The Local]


Georgia

Chemical workers at Rustavi Azot in Georgia win case at Tbilisi Court of Appeals 2018-11-28 [Agenda.ge]
Open office in Chiatura city 2018-11-05 [GTUC]
Women’s Committee Meeting in Tsageri 2018-11-05 [GTUC]


Germany

Trade Secrets: Changes in favour of journalists’ sources and whistleblowers in Germany 2019-03-19 [EFJ]
ILO and Germany pen agreement to bolster decent work for Syrian refugees and host communities 2019-03-15 [ILO]
How Thursday's bus strike in Berlin will affect you 2019-03-14 [The Local]


Gibraltar

Unite issues manifesto to challenge insecure work 2019-02-05 [The Chronicle]
Controversy ahead of union demo today 2019-01-16 [The Chronicle]
Unite’s wish list for 2019 2018-12-29 [The Chronicle]


Greece

Women’s Day marked with demo, work stoppage 2019-03-10 [Kathimerini]
Workers in Greece Protest The Government’s Bid For Privatization in the Energy Sector 2019-03-09 [NewsClick]
Health Ministry under fire as deadly flu virus spreads 2019-02-09 [Kathimerini]


Hungary

1,700 workers strike at Hankook Tire in Hungary 2019-03-20 [IndustriALL]
Retail chain could be paralysed soon 2019-03-19 [Portfolio]
Thousands Join Public Workers’ Union Strike 2019-03-14 [Today]


Iceland

Strike News: Bus Service Will Be Affected, VR On Board To Strike 2019-03-14 [Grapevine]
Hotel housekeepers strike for a living wage on International Women's Day 2019-03-12 [IUF]
Striking Icelandic Union Gets Solidarity Statements From Unions Around The World 2019-03-08 [Grapevine]


Ireland

INMO slams Limmerick Hospital bed closures 2019-03-21 [Irish Nurses and Midwives Organization]
Limerick hospital ‘closing beds’ as trolley numbers near record levels 2019-03-20 [Irish Times]
Luas drivers to vote on sandwich and meal subsidy plan to end lunch row 2019-03-20 [Irish Independent]


Italy

Smart working satisfies Maersk employees in Italy 2019-03-07 [The Telegraph]
Milan protesters denounce Italy's right-wing government 2019-03-03 [Deutsche Welle]
BWI rallies support for Italian unions national strike 2019-02-27 [BWI]


Latvia

Teachers fail to secure more money for wages; promise to protest 2019-03-06 [BNN]
Builders Union celebrate achievements at their Congress 2018-05-29 [BWU]
GPs to go on strike over pay issues 2017-06-13 [Xinhua]


Liechtenstein


Lithuania

Joint letter to Lithuanian PM: demand to guarantee the full independence of LRT 2019-01-11 [EFJ]
EFJ urges Parliament to guarantee LRT independence 2019-01-05 [EFJ]
New legislation threatens independence of public service media 2018-10-23 [UNI Global Union]


Luxembourg

Health sector workers to vote on strike 2017-06-08 [Delano]
Luxembourg appeals verdict in LuxLeaks scandal 2016-08-09 [EFJ]


Macedonia

First agreement at “Jasen” Enterprise for managing and protection of multipurpose forest area 2018-12-18 [BWI]
Interview with Ivana Dimitrova and Blaguna Stojkoska of the Construction Workers’ Union in Macedonia (SGIP) 2018-09-21 [BWI]
Election Commission authorised to fine media for ‘Unbalanced Reporting’ 2018-08-16 [EFJ]


Malta

Restrict only non-eu highly trained nationals to Malta suggests UHM 2019-03-11 [Malta Today]
Minimum wage rise in Malta is lowest in Europe 2019-03-09 [Times of Malta]
Teachers and administrators in state schools need attention 2019-02-16 [Voice of the Workers]


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

A new trade union for trade employees created 2019-03-07 [The Tribune]


Netherlands

European education union leaders in solidarity with Dutch colleagues 2019-03-18 [Education International]
'I love sex. I like to make money': What sex workers really want 2019-02-08 [CNN]
Court confirms food delivery couriers are workers with collective rights 2019-01-28 [IUF]


Norway

5th Congress of ELog IT Forbundet: Future is built with “Electricity and IT” 2019-03-13 [BWI]
New IA agreement: More of the same, but fewer conflicting goals 2019-02-15 [Nordic Labour Journal]
Prosafe drives social dumping on a large scale 2019-02-01 [Industri Energi]


Poland

Solidarity rejects climate science consensus 2018-12-06 [Climate Home News]
On their patron saint’s day, Polish miners pray for a decent future 2018-12-05 [Climate Home News]
Ryanair sidesteps unions with ultra-low-cost unit 2018-12-05 [The Irish Times]


Portugal

Raising minimum wage reduces gender inequality - Workers' union 2019-03-06 [The News]
Largest workers’ union launches week of initiatives for equal employment 2019-03-04 [The News]
Public sector strike disrupts schools, hospitals 2019-02-17 [AFP]


Romania

ITF welcomes Romanian ruling against Wizz Air 2019-03-19 [ITF]
Employees at Electrolux plant in Romania go on strike for higher wages 2019-03-19 [Insider]
Employees at Nestle plant shut down in RO want fair severance payments 2019-03-18 [Insider]


Russia

IKEA workers build trade union organization 2019-02-19 [BWI]
Russian unions fight to save Ford plant 2019-02-19 [KTR]
Russian unions fight to save Ford plant 2019-02-19 [IndustriALL]


San Marino


Serbia

Public TV building stormed by anti-government protesters 2019-03-19 [IFJ]
Journalist Milan Jovanović attacked with Molotov cocktail 2018-12-14 [EFJ]
Workers’ deaths, illegal demolitions and accusations of corruption mar the glitzy façade of the Belgrade Waterfront project 2018-11-16 [Equal Times]


Slovakia

Call for justice and accountability of state authorities on the anniversary of the murder of Ján Kuciak 2019-02-21 [EFJ]
February 21st – Brussels vigil for Slovak journalist Jan Kuciak – One year on 2019-02-19 [EFJ]
IFJ and EFJ support journalists’ call for action in Ján Kuciak murder investigation 2018-08-23 [IFJ]


Slovenia

Police and govt initial pay deal 2018-12-25 [STA]
Employers urged to raise pay, engage in talks on new bargaining agreements 2018-12-06 [STA]
Govt and public sector unions sign wage increase deal 2018-12-04 [STA]


Spain

Las limpiadoras paralizan la huelga hasta abril tras cobrar los pagos pendientes 2019-03-15 [20 Minutos]
‘Salvados’ Reveals Harsh Reality for Moroccan Seasonal Workers in Spain 2019-03-12 [MWN]
Inside Spain's Radical, Union-Led Women's Strike 2019-03-10 [Splinter]


Sweden

Schysst stall (Fair stable) - working against sexual harassment in the horse sector in Sweden 2019-03-20 [IUF]
port strikes called off after CBA deal 2019-03-07 [Port Strategy]
Country Braces for Port Strike That Could Cost Millions 2019-03-06 [Bloomberg]


Switzerland

Half of all Swiss bus drivers suffering from stress 2019-03-04 [The Local]
Switzerland has second-most part-time workers in Europe 2019-01-18 [SwissInfo]
More Swiss employees working on holidays 2018-12-23 [Info]


Turkey

Cargill unions around the world call for an end to rights abuses at Cargill Turkey 2019-03-19 [IUF]
Turkey needs to respect foreign media outlets’ independence 2019-03-13 [EFJ]
IndustriALL women in Turkey stand for equality and rights 2019-03-13 [IndustriALL]


Ukraine

Miners of the PJSC 'Krivyi Rih iron ore plant' protesting underground 2019-03-06 [KVPU]
192 miners protesting undeground 2019-02-21 [KVPU]
Ukrainian miners protest underground against non-payment of wages 2019-02-21 [IndustriALL]


UK

England Parliamentary security staff celebrate victory 2019-03-20 [PCS]
Water companies must plug 3 billion litre leaks to stop UK running out of water says GMB 2019-03-20 [GMB]
BECTU has launched a consultation with its members to determine how it provides guidance to freelance workers going forwards after the high profile collapse of Halo VFX 2019-03-20 [BECTU]


Vatican City

ITF president takes fight for justice and equity to the Vatican 2019-03-05 [ITF]
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]
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