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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

Unemployment Insurance Sanctions: Withdrawals of Benefits reached a new hight in 2013! 2014-11-14 [Active Unemployed 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]


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

AJP will support judicial action against police violence on press photographers 2014-11-08 [IFJ]
20,000 Belgian workers stage largest union demonstration in 30 years 2014-11-08 [UNI Global Union]
Teacher unions join in national strike 2014-11-08 [Education International]


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

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

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]
Czech Airlines to Lay Off About One Third of Staff 2014-09-25 [The Wall Street Journal]


Denmark

Women protest 17 per cent pay gap 2014-11-12 [The Star-Phoenix]
Gender gap in pay prompts Danish activists' call to stop working 2014-11-09 [The Star-Tribune]
Serving Up Fries, for a Living Wage in Denmark 2014-10-28 [NY Times]


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

JHL membership dues to remain the same, unemployment fund contribution to rise slightly 2014-11-20 [JHL]
Minna Helle is the new National Conciliator 2014-11-14 [Trade Union News from Finland]
Industrial unions boost cooperation 2014-11-07 [Trade Union News from Finland]


France

Peugeot’s Proposed Labor Plan Could Affect 4% of French Workforce 2014-11-20 [The Wall Street Journal]
‘Outraged’ French union urges Hollande to honor Mistral deal, 2,500 jobs at stake 2014-11-16 [RT]
CGT union fails to rally strike support 2014-11-05 [Reuters]


Georgia

A new path emerges for the Georgian labour movement 2014-11-21 [Equal Times]
A new path emerges for the Georgian labour movement 2014-11-20 [Equal Times]
A new path emerges for the labour movement 2014-11-20 [Equal Times]


Germany

Unions can't agree in rail pay battle 2014-11-19 [The Local]
Second train union threatens strike action 2014-11-17 [The Local]
Hamburg at forefront of global drive to reverse privatisation of city services 2014-11-13 [Guardian]


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

Thousands of Greeks march against austerity to mark 1973 uprising 2014-11-18 [The Global Post]
Strikes Block Ship, Ferry Services; Another Strike Planned for November 2014-11-07 [Travel Agent Central]
Thousands protest against austerity in Athens 2014-11-02 [RT]


Hungary

Metal workers union leads protest against austerity 2014-11-19 [IndustriALL Global Union]
Union protests against ‘cafeteria’ tax 2014-11-18 [Politics]
Retail worker union backs Christian Democrat plan to restrict Sunday shopping 2014-11-08 [Hungary Today]


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

Minister refuses to back down as teachers plan strike action 2014-11-21 [RTÉ]
SIPTU members welcome Bausch & Lomb investment 2014-11-21 [SIPTU]
Taoiseach challenged on Dublin Airport Authority pensions cut 2014-11-20 [irishtimes.com]


Italy

Fury as court quashes asbestos conviction in ‘trial of century’ 2014-11-21 [France 24]
Renzi and unions tussle over general strike 2014-11-21 [Gazzetta del Sud]
'Renzi disrespects labor' says union chief Camusso 2014-11-21 [Gazzetta del Sud]


Latvia

Education workers planning to go on strike 2014-11-13 [The Baltic Course]
Teachers prepare to strike over salaries 2013-11-09 [Baltic Times]
Teachers prepare to strike over salaries 2013-11-08 [The Baltic 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

Paramedic Aides to take industrial actiom 2014-11-21 [uhm.org.mt]
Precarious work needs full-time solution 2014-11-18 [Today]
GWU satisfied with measures against precarious work 2014-11-18 [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

Transport ministry, construction firms ‘fail to ensure workers are not exploited’ 2014-11-20 [Dutch News]
Flex workers losing out on permanent jobs 2014-11-03 [The Times]
KLM denies union claims of major job losses ahead 2014-10-29 [Dutch News]


Norway

Norwegian Air CEO Touts Low Fares, Labor Calls It 'a Shell Game' 2014-11-20 [The Street]
Use unassigned rigs to plug oil wells, says union 2014-11-19 [Stavanger Aftenblad]
Spanish Embassy meets Norway government over sailors' rights 2014-11-15 [The Foreigner]


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

PT unions want government intervention to prevent sale 2014-11-05 [TelecomPaper]
Airline Cabin Crews Ground Flights During Day Long Strike 2014-11-02 [teleSUR]
Cabin crew strike grounds airline flights 2014-10-31 [Yahoo 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

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

Teachers strike over pay cuts 2014-11-18 [The Weekly]
Thousands of health care workers strike against austerity 2014-11-06 [Europe Online]
Teachers, doctors announce strikes over pay cuts 2014-10-30 [SwissInfo]


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

Union Points to Two Modes of Modern Slavery 2014-11-19 [STA]
Anti-Privatisation Rally Warns against Fire Sale 2014-11-11 [STA]
Unions Call on Cerar to Prevent Worker Exploitation 2014-10-19 [STA]


Spain

Ambulance staff buy own Ebola suits 2014-11-20 [The Local]
Spanish health workers that fought Ebola plead against austerity in Brussels 2014-11-18 [European Federation of Public Service Unions (EPSU)]
BWI signs new IFA with Spanish International Construction companies, Sacyr, Acciona and Dragados, together with Spanish affiliates 2014-11-04 [BWI]


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

Public transport strike disrupts Geneva 2014-11-20 [Swiss Info]
Strike grinds Geneva public transit to halt 2014-11-19 [The Local]
Geneva Commuters Grapple With One-Day Bus and Tram Strike 2014-11-19 [SwissInfo]


Turkey

205,000 civil servants unable to pay credit card debts 2014-11-20 [Zaman]
Karaman mine manager says they ‘tasted’ the leaked water 2014-11-17 [Hurriyet Daily News]
PM to announce changes to labor safety laws 2014-11-17 [Hurriyet Daily News]


Ukraine

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]
Trade union leader: Military action and destruction contribute of the ecological disaster in the Donetsk and Lugansk regions 2014-10-30 [kvpu.org.ua]


UK

Wages recovery should be at the heart of government's economic strategy, says TUC 2014-11-21 [TUC]
NUJ members under police surveillance mount collective legal challenge 2014-11-21 [NUJ]
Northern Ireland Union unveils jobs-saving proposal for Gallaher’s 2014-11-21 [irishtimes.com]


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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