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Labour news from Europe


Albania

Albania's broken men fear prison horrors will be forgotten 2016-06-19 [Albany Times Union]
Union saves 300 mining jobs 2016-03-02 [IndustriALL Global Union]
Workers fired from public jobs end hunger strike 2014-06-05 [The Times-Union]


Andorra


Armenia

Defending Armenia’s Workers – Is Class Struggle on the Agenda? 2016-09-11 [hetq]
Excessive police force against journalists covering demonstrations 2016-08-03 [IFJ]
Press conference entitled: labor law, trade unions, the legislation problems 2016-05-05 [ANA]


Austria

ONE-THIRD OF AUSTRIAN WORKERS ARE IN NON-STANDARD EMPLOYMENT 2016-07-21 [Equal Times]
Unions call on new government to reject EU-Canada CETA trade deal 2016-06-04 [IUF]
HIV-positive man awarded damages for unfair dismissal 2016-02-07 [The Local]


Azerbaijan

Break the silence on oil workers’ deaths 2016-08-06 [People and Nature]
Journalist Khadija Ismayilova released on probation 2016-05-31 [IFJ]
Rights Activist Leyla Yunus Freed From Jail In Azerbaijan 2015-12-10 [RFE/Radio Liberty]


Belarus

Authorities disrupt union women's conference in Belarus 2016-09-02 [industriall union]
Independent trade union of Miners to ban union recruiting by the HR department at Belaruskali 2016-07-07 [BITU]
14-second video considered act of public disorder in Belarus 2016-05-19 [IndustriALL]


Belgium

Caterpillar threatens the future of thousands of Belgian families 2016-09-23 [Equal Times]
Caterpillar plant closure threatens 2,200 Belgian jobs 2016-09-03 [IndustriALL Global Unions]
Marcinelle mine disaster revisited by a crisis-shaken Europe 2016-08-09 [Equal Times]


Bosnia


Bulgaria

May Day in Sofia 2016-05-05 [Focus]
Protest of Bulgarian GPs Grows Further as Ten More Regions Join 2016-03-31 [novinite.com]
Protest of General Practitioners Spreads to Five Other Bulgarian Regions 2016-03-29 [novinite.com]


Croatia

Trade Unions to Sue Government for 7 Billion Kuna? 2016-09-21 [Total News]
Unions Mark the International Workers’ Day 2016-05-02 [TCN]
Government and Public Sector Unions to start negotiations on salary Increase 2016-03-21 [Croatia News]


Cyprus

Desalination plant workers on strike over collective agreement 2016-09-13 [The Mail]
Airport workers do not rule out more strike measures 2016-07-08 [The Mail]
Paphos airport strikes a ‘ heart attack’ for a bumper tourist season 2016-07-07 [The Mail]


Czech Republic

Prague transport union on strike alert over dismissal of DPP head 2016-05-20 [The Daily Monitor]
State employees reach historic agreement 2015-12-23 [The Post]
Czech airline flight attendants to go on 3-day strike 2015-08-24 [AP]


Denmark

ITF union welcomes landmark Uber ruling 2016-07-14 [ITF Global Union]
Uber drivers fined for operating unlicenced taxis at Copenhagen court 2016-07-14 [Copenhagen Post]
Uber drivers found guilty of violating taxi laws 2016-07-14 [Reuters]


Estonia

Dockers – support Estonian union dismissal battle 2016-07-08 [ITF Global Union]
Dockers – support Estonian union dismissal battle 2016-07-07 [ITF]
Tallink to increase payroll of ship crew members by 5.3% 2015-12-28 [The Baltic Course]


Faroe Islands


Finland

Akava leaves Finunions cooperation 2016-09-23 [Trade Union News from Finland]
Basic income pilot scheme set to start with 2,000 unemployed 2016-08-30 [Trade Union News from Finland]
JHL: No new cuts to public services in the next three years 2016-08-25 [JHL]


France

CGT calls strike September 21 against power grid privatisation 2016-09-21 [Platts]
Why are the French so angry about their labour law reforms? 2016-09-16 [Equal Times]
Protesters in last-ditch bid to undo labour law 2016-09-16 [MENA]


Georgia

Georgian fertilizer factory workers escalate dispute 2016-09-22 [IndustriALL]
Coal Miners, Factory Workers Win Two Key Strikes 2016-03-19 [Solidarity Center]
Union victory after month-long glass strike 2016-03-15 [IndustriALL Global Union]


Germany

New sex worker protection, no-means-no laws pass 2016-09-23 [The Times-Union]
Informal talks between Lufthansa, pilots collapse 2016-09-18 [Canadian Labour Reporter]
German teachers’ union shreds pro-BDS article 2016-09-14 [Jewish Chronicle]


Gibraltar

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


Greece

Greek unions stage large protests as more austerity looms 2016-09-11 [AP]
Gold rush sows division in northern Greece 2016-08-22 [Equal Times]
Thessaloniki urban transport on indefinite strike from next Monday 2016-08-20 [Tornos]


Hungary

Voters get wage rises by blocking Arab migration 2016-08-10 [Breitbart]
Labor Woes May Trigger Wage Explosion, Minister Says 2016-08-08 [Bloomberg]
Municipal civil servants to strike for higher wages 2016-07-30 [The Budapest Beacon]


Iceland

Alleged foreign worker exploitation on North Iceland development 2016-07-22 [The Daily Monitor]
Iceland union warns huge civil service pay rises could spark chaos 2016-07-22 [The Daily Monitor]
Workers’ Rights Violated by Contractors 2016-07-18 [The Review]


Ireland

Bus Éireann staff to ballot for strike as Dublin Bus off road until Sunday 2016-09-23 [The Irish Independent]
Triple strike threat to bring public transport to complete standstill 2016-09-22 [The Irish Independent]
More strikes loom as union set to ballot Bus Éireann workers 2016-09-21 [The Irish Examiner]


Italy

Logistics worker killed while on strike in Piacenza 2016-09-17 [Libcom]
Worker killed on picket line outside GLS depot in Piacenza 2016-09-16 [In Defence of Marxism]
FISE on the Destructive Earthquake in Italy 2016-08-27 [WFTU]


Latvia

Latvia readies for (information) war 2016-04-15 [Equal Times]
Salaries for most healthcare employees in Latvia to increase 7% in 2015 2015-12-28 [Baltic Course]
One-day warning strike to improve salaries and dialogue 2015-12-12 [Education International]


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

Luxembourg appeals verdict in LuxLeaks scandal 2016-08-09 [EFJ]
Luxembourg pension fund bans Israel investment 2014-02-25 [i24news Israel]
Luxembourg unions celebrate dispute victory 2013-08-01 [ITF news]


Macedonia

SGIP starts a new campaign on Health and Safety at Work 2016-05-11 [BWI Global Union]
The anguish of migrants in Macedonia 2015-07-30 [Equal Times]
THE ANGUISH OF MIGRANTS IN MACEDONIA 2015-07-28 [Equal Times]


Malta

Unions file judical protest on health contracts 2016-09-16 [The Malta Independent]
Trade Unions presses for transparency and publication of govt contracts 2016-09-15 [Malta Independent]
UHM proposes rise of statutory bonuses 2016-09-12 [The Malta Independent]


Moldova

Meetings, services and victim support for IWMD16 2016-04-23 [ITUC]
Free Sergei Ilchenko! Free speech! 2015-07-15 [People and Nature]
Journalist Sergei Ilchenko jailed on extremism charges in Moldova’s Transdniester region 2015-04-02 [Council of Europe]


Monaco


Netherlands

Train workers threaten strike over removal of 2nd conductor from double-decker trains 2016-09-17 [The Times]
Airline KLM and trade union FNV agree a new pay deal 2016-09-07 [Dutch News]
Some 30 trains cancelled in Arriva Groningen strike 2016-08-30 [The Times]


Norway

Service workers strike, no production impact yet 2016-09-23 [Petro Global News]
Schlumberger, Halliburton Hit By Wage Strike 2016-09-22 [OilPrice]
Oil service is on strike 2016-09-21 [Industri Energi]


Poland

Amazon in Poland: Over 2,000 workers want to go on strike... 2016-07-27 [AngryWorkersWorld]
Celebration as Polish dockers’ union wins new deal 2016-04-26 [ITF Global Union]
Polish workers are undermining Amazon’s anti-union playbook 2016-04-02 [The Jacobin]


Portugal

Disruption expected at airports tomorrow as security workers stage 24-hour strike 2016-08-26 [The News]
Airport security workers' strike starts today 2016-08-24 [The News]
Immigration officials call off strike 2016-08-02 [The News]


Romania

Bucharest’s housing crisis: post-Communist restitution victimises Roma 2016-05-27 [Equal Times]
Government comes up with new law on public wages 2016-05-18 [ Romania Insider]
Marching miners reach Bucharest 2016-04-19 [euronews]


Russia

IFJ/EFJ urge Russia to let a Ukrainian journalist return to Kiev for urgent treatment 2016-09-07 [IFJ]
Moscow Warehouse Fire Kills at Least 17 Migrant Workers 2016-08-29 [NYTimes]
Working conditions: FIFA and trade unions sign cooperation agreement for Russia 2018 2016-08-27 [Fifa.com]


San Marino


Serbia

Unions Seek Higher Minimum Wage 2016-08-19 [Balkan Insight]
Union Badges Lose Their Lustre 2016-07-16 [Balkan Insight]
Unions in Serbia mark International Workers' Memorial Day 2016-05-14 [BWI Global Union]


Slovakia

New school year, new strike? 2016-08-25 [The Spectator]
Home Personal Finance Careers The Balance Get email alerts It’s better to be a working woman in Slovakia than America 2016-03-07 [MarketWatch]
Indefinite teachers strike starts 2016-01-26 [libcom.org]


Slovenia

Education union urges parliament not to sign EU free trade agreement with Canada 2016-09-13 [Education International]
Strike in the port of Koper 2016-07-24 [Wildcat]
Police pay deal only signed by fourth of required unions 2016-07-01 [STA]


Spain

Filarmonica orchestra goes on strike: Govt says it will be shut down 2016-09-17 [Slipped Disc]
Strike action proposed in Lanzarote airport 2016-08-16 [ERN News]
Freedom for the Barcelona Street Vendors 2016-08-08 [Tras la Manta]


Sweden

Swedes With Big Pay Dreams Are Snubbing Aging Labor Market Model 2016-08-22 [Bloomberg]
Victory for construction workers’ strike in Sweden – new agreement promoting equality and diversity 2016-04-26 [BWI Global Union]
Honour the workers killed 2016-04-23 [ITUC]


Switzerland

STMicroelectronics trade union network will develop cross-border union cooperation and solidarity action 2016-09-16 [IndustriALL]
Teacher shortage hits new school year 2016-08-22 [SwissInfo]
Union launches initiative to promote decent pension for teachers 2016-07-29 [Education International]


Turkey

155 Turkish textile workers are victimized by Inditex (Zara) 2016-09-14 [Bagimsiz-sen]
Accusation of theft to the worker who changed his union 2016-09-07 [Bagimsiz-sen]
8000 security personnel sacked for alleged involvement in coup attempt 2016-09-03 [Middle East Eye]


Ukraine

IFJ condemns arson attack on TV station 2016-09-07 [IFJ]
The members of independent trade unions are protesting in Kyiv 2016-09-07 [CFTUU]
Workers of Mine “Stahanova” has started a spontaneous strike 2016-08-11 [kvpu.org.ua]


UK

Union highlights needs of refugee children 2016-09-24 [Education International]
England 8 October - PCS supports Stand Up To Racism conference 2016-09-24 [PCS]
Jeremy Corbyn now needs to reach out to MPs, members and voters to unite the Party 2016-09-24 [Usdaw]


Vatican City

Vatican commits to slavery-proofing its own supply chains 2016-01-19 [Albany Times Union]
Unbridled capitalism is the dung of the devil says Pope Francis 2015-07-11 [The Guardian]
Teachers should be paid more says Pope 2015-05-27 [Tesconnect]
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