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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

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]
Excessive police force against journalists covering demonstrations 2016-08-03 [IFJ]


Austria

Court Hearing 31st May 2017: EStAG continues harassing Suit against NGO Press Photographer 2017-05-30 [Media Austria]
Freedom of the Press: Energy Styria Tries to Intimidate and Criminalize NGO-Press Photographer 2017-05-08 [Media Austria]
Tougher penalties for those who attack public transport workers 2017-03-11 [The Local ]


Azerbaijan

18 worker deaths a year - oil company SOCAR lambasted over safety record 2016-12-21 [Hazardex]
9 Azerbaijani Oil Workers Still Missing In Caspian Sea 2016-12-19 [VoA]
Oil Platform Collapse Leaves One Dead, Nine Missing In Caspian Sea 2016-12-19 [RFERL]


Belarus

Protests against Belarus’s draconian “tax on unemployment” have shown both the weakness of the government and of the Left. 2017-04-08 [Jacobin]
Mass detentions of journalists 2017-03-29 [European Federation of Journalists]
Amnesty condemns vicious crackdown on peaceful jobless tax protests 2017-03-26 [Amnesty ]


Belgium

Flémalle: Segal staff on strike 2017-06-26 [The Times]
Brussels Airlines accused of social dumping: Some workers claim to not even receive minimum wage 2017-06-24 [The Times]
Spontaneous strike action in four Delhaize shops in Brussels 2017-03-18 [brusselstimes]


Bosnia


Bulgaria

Transport Workers Gather at Kulata Checkpoint to Protest, No Border Blockade 2017-05-30 [Novinite]
Wildcat strikes in one of the largest retailers 2017-03-23 [libcom.org]
May Day in Sofia 2016-05-05 [Focus]


Croatia

Hundreds of Workers Leave Construction Giant 2017-04-10 [total-croatia-news]
Public sector unions reject govt offer on wage hike 2016-12-07 [Wires]
Trade Unions Warn against Proposed Tax Refo 2016-11-07 [Total Croatia News]


Cyprus

Workers on strike at desalination plant 2017-06-07 [Cyprus Mail]
Greek and Turkish Cypriot journalists sign joint agreement 2017-04-27 [IFJ]
Dubai Ports to resume talks with unions on Tuesday to resolve labour dispute 2017-04-04 [Cyprus Mail]


Czech Republic

The battle for gender equality rages on in the Czech Republic 2017-05-16 [Equal Times]
Unions demand 10-percent pay rise in public sector in Sept 2017-04-27 [praguemonitor]
Czech social workers' union launches campaign for pay increase 2017-04-11 [praguemonitor]


Denmark

Free movement of EU workers hurting wages and conditions say Danish parties 2017-06-19 [The Local]
Threats & harassment put mail delivery on hold in Danish city district 2017-06-14 [RT]
Concern over worker safety post service refuses to enter neighbourhood 2017-06-13 [The Local ]


Estonia

Health care workers planning to start political strike May 15 2017-04-13 [The Times]
Unions says Telia collective agreement an example,for others 2017-03-17 [Baltic Times]
Dockers – support Estonian union dismissal battle 2016-07-08 [ITF Global Union]


Faroe Islands


Finland

An experiment on the effect of offering the unemployed an unconditional basic income 2017-06-25 [The Economist]
Citizens given universal basic income report lower stress levels and greater incentive to work 2017-06-22 [Independent]
Unions demand real rise in pay in Autumn round of collective bargaining 2017-06-15 [Trade Union News from Finland]


France

If your French Bus Driver had unusually Hairy Legs, this is why 2017-06-24 [MNA]
Brittany and Great Britain: a historical relationship strained by Brexit 2017-06-22 [Equal Times]
Overheated French male bus drivers don skirts in defiance of dress code 2017-06-22 [The Guardian]


Georgia

Proposed Constitutional reform heavily weakening social and labour rights guarantees 2017-05-23 [EMC & GTUC]
Mass rally in support of effective labour inspectorate 2017-05-19 [IndustriALL ]
Georgian union calls for effective labour inspection after deadly accident 2017-05-15 [IndustriALL]


Germany

Head of ver.di Frank Bsirske : UNI Global Union is our platform and huge step forward 2017-06-16 [UNI Global Union ]
Fast-food giants refuse to pay workers a living wage 2017-05-16 [IUF]
Fast-food giants in Germany refuse to pay workers a living wage 2017-05-15 [IUF]


Gibraltar

GHA walkout averted amid bitter political exchanges 2017-04-22 [The Chronicle]
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]


Greece

Garbage piles mount in capital as heatwave looms 2017-06-26 [The National Post]
Rubbish piles raise health fears in strike-hit Greece 2017-06-26 [Kathimerini]
Gov't to present amendment foreseeing sanitation hirings in response to strikes 2017-06-25 [Kathimerini]


Hungary

Dentists set to strike September 4-6 2017-06-21 [Budapest Beacon ]
Ministry says 60 percent more Hungarians employed illegally now than 5 years ago 2017-06-13 [Budapest Beacon]
Union of Public Servants plans a strike in July 2017-06-10 [Budapest Beacon]


Iceland

Equal pay for men and women? Iceland wants employers to prove it 2017-04-03 [Fairfax Media]
In world first, Iceland to require firms to prove equal pay 2017-03-10 [ABC]
New strike threat to supplies 2016-12-16 [Fish Update]


Ireland

128 consultant appointments in breach of regulations 2017-06-26 [RTÉ]
Fear of limits on asylum seeker right to work 2017-06-26 [Irish Examiner]
State accused of shredding documents now central to legal case 2017-06-26 [Irish Examiner]


Italy

24-hour transport strike affecting road, rail, and air travel 2017-06-16 [The Local]
Transport strike brings 'Black Friday' to Italian cities 2017-06-16 [EuroNews]
H&M's Employees to Strike in Milan 2017-06-10 [WWD]


Latvia

GPs to go on strike over pay issues 2017-06-13 [Xinhua]
Trade union slams government for plan to invite foreign doctors to work in Latvia 2017-05-30 [The Baltic Course]
Green wins keep Baltic populism in check – but for how long? 2017-01-18 [Equal Times]


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

Health sector workers to vote on strike 2017-06-08 [Delano]
Luxembourg appeals verdict in LuxLeaks scandal 2016-08-09 [EFJ]
Luxembourg pension fund bans Israel investment 2014-02-25 [i24news Israel]


Macedonia

Two journalists injured during storming of the Parliament 2017-05-05 [EFJ]
It is hight time to stop violence against journalists 2017-04-28 [EFJ]
At least 19 new attacks against journalists since 2016 2017-03-29 [European Federation of Journalists]


Malta

The inportance of the rule of law in a democratic society 2017-06-24 [Voice of the Workers weekly]
Heirs of port worker who had been crushed to death awarded €776,000 in damages 2017-06-09 [Times of Malta]
Unemployment and youths inactivity 2017-06-09 [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


Netherlands

Rail workers striking in Arnhem 2017-06-23 [NL Times]
Train delays caused by rail workers strike at Den Haag, Zwolle 2017-06-19 [The Times]
Commuters face train trouble on Monday as railway workers strike 2017-06-17 [Dutch News]


Norway

Norway strike averted 2017-06-12 [Upstream]
Oil workers agree wage deal, ending threat of strike 2017-06-10 [Reuters]
Oil Worker Strike Threatens 326,000 BPD Of Production 2017-06-08 [Oil Price]


Poland

Retail chain employees stage work-to-rule protest 2017-05-02 [Radio Poland]
Quarter of Polish workers would act unethically for pay rise: report 2017-04-09 [Radio Poland]
Postal workers march to demand higher pay 2017-04-09 [Associated Press]


Portugal

Security workers on strike at all national airports 2017-06-24 [The Journal]
Airport security workers threaten more strike action this weekend 2017-06-23 [The Portugal News]
Portugal public sector strike pressures govt for more wage hikes 2017-05-27 [Reuters]


Romania

20,000 state finance workers strike over wages 2017-05-16 [Daily Mail]
20,000 finance ministry workers strike over wages 2017-05-15 [McClatchy]
Some 1,500 museum professionals and researchers in Romania to protest on May 20 2017-04-08 [romania-insider]


Russia

ITF seminar aims to boost Russian union power 2017-06-23 [ITF]
Workers Exploited on World Cup 2018 Stadiums. FIFA not delivering on Human Rights 2017-06-14 [HRW]
Workers exploited at Russia's 2018 World Cup venues, Human Rights Watch says 2017-06-14 [Reuters]


San Marino


Serbia

Unions join fresh protests against new Serb president 2017-04-09 [AFP]
Fear of a drift towards authoritarianism in Serbia 2017-04-07 [equal times]
The Lost Boys of Belgrade: migrant kids’ lonely struggle to survive 2017-02-17 [equal times]


Slovakia

Volkswagen Slovakia workers win wage hike, end strike 2017-06-26 [AFP]
Volkswagen's Slovak union says close to wage deal to end strike 2017-06-25 [Reuters]
Strike at Volkswagen's Slovak unit to continue after talks fail - union 2017-06-23 [Reuters]


Slovenia

Lowest-paid public sector staff seek pay rise, threaten strike 2017-06-21 [STA]
Govt and doctors' trade union reach agreement 2017-03-04 [STA]
Trade unions want minimum wage to rise 5% 2017-01-17 [STA]


Spain

Owners and unions at loggerheads 2017-06-21 [Port Strategy]
Dock workers extend strikes into July 2017-06-17 [Reuters]
Spain's dockers up fight for jobs with two-day strike 2017-06-15 [The Local]


Sweden

Port conflict could lead to change in legislation 2017-06-22 [Nordic Labour Journal]
APM Terminals to cut 160 staff at Gothenburg container terminal 2017-06-21 [The Shipping News]
Layoffs the latest escalation of Gothenburg port dispute 2017-06-21 [JOC]


Switzerland

Thermo Fisher workers fight for their jobs in Switzerland 2017-04-25 [IndustriALL]
Union wants special coaching for older workers 2017-04-20 [swissinfo]
White-collar world conference reveals urgent need to organize 2017-04-20 [IndustriALL]


Turkey

DIAM sacks 80 Turkish union members by text message 2017-06-22 [IndustriALL]
AKG Thermotechnik fires union leaders in Turkey 2017-06-15 [IndustriALL]
In support of our colleagues in Turkey 2017-06-13 [IFJ]


Ukraine

The Free Trade Union of Railway Workers of Ukraine continues fighting for the decent salary 2017-06-21 [kvpu.org.ua]
Railway workers and their independent trade union fight for salary increase 2017-06-15 [kvpu.org.ua]
IndustriALL calls on Ukrainian government to enforce health and safety in mines 2017-06-15 [IndustriALL]


UK

TSSA conference raises concerns about police security 2017-06-26 [TSSA]
The gig is up - Trade unions tackling insecure work 2017-06-26 [TUC]
Wales Teacher recruitment levels 'bordering on crisis' 2017-06-26 [BBC]


Vatican City

Pope Francis: Saint Joseph and the dignity of labour 2017-05-02 [radiovaticana]
Pope says closing firms without protecting workers ‘very grave sin’ 2017-03-16 [religionnews]
Pope: ‘Laying off workers for unclear motives is grave sin’ 2017-03-16 [Vatican Radio]
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