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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

IFJ and EFJ ask for a full investigation into attacks on media workers by Police at a demonstration in Armenia 2015-06-27 [IFJ]
Workers at Narit Plant not paid salaries 2015-06-25 [Armen Press]
Nairit Saga: PM promises chemical plant workers’ back wages will be paid by yearend 2015-05-22 [Armenia Now]


Austria

HIV-positive man awarded damages for unfair dismissal 2016-02-07 [The Local]
Macondo: Austria’s refugee reality in microcosm 2015-09-15 [Equal Times]
Hundreds of women trade unionists gather for world conference in Vienna 2015-09-11 [Industriall]


Azerbaijan

Rights Activist Leyla Yunus Freed From Jail In Azerbaijan 2015-12-10 [RFE/Radio Liberty]
Two Azerbaijani oil workers released from hospital 2015-12-09 [Trend]
None of the missing Azeri oil workers found so far 2015-12-09 [Azer News]


Belarus

Belarus fines freelance journalist for working with “foreign media” 2016-01-14 [European Federation of Journalists]
Veteran journalist Sviatlana Alexievich wins Nobel Prize for literature 2015-10-13 [IFJ]
For first time in 5 years unions use rare chance to rally on 7 October 2015-10-13 [IndustriALL Global Union]


Belgium

Workers call off strike at 300,000-bpd Exxon Antwerp refinery - union 2016-01-15 [Reuters]
Rail strike set to cause far-reaching disruption home and away 2016-01-06 [Deutsche Welle]
Rail unions call for strike against government 2016-01-05 [Anadolu]


Bosnia


Bulgaria

CITUB to Join UK’s CWU Convoy with Aid for Refugees in Turkey 2015-10-25 [Novinite]
Tripartite cooperation council holds sitting 2015-08-26 [Focus]
Employers’ Associations, Trade Unions Protest Imminent Power Price Hikef 2015-07-31 [Novinite]


Croatia

Strike in Schools and Universities Ends 2015-10-03 [Total News]
Fair Hotels Croatia - promoting trade union rights in tourism 2015-07-25 [IUF]
Shipyard workers face an unweatherable storm 2014-11-19 [Equal Times]


Cyprus

Larnaca port workers protest against rejection of energy companies 2016-02-12 [Cyprus Mail]
Limassol bus workers suspend strike 2016-02-09 [In-Cyprus]
State nurses call off Monday’s strike 2016-02-06 [In-Cyprus]


Czech Republic

State employees reach historic agreement 2015-12-23 [The Post]
Czech airline flight attendants to go on 3-day strike 2015-08-24 [AP]
Sick of Cheap Labor, Czech Unions Seek Catch-Up With Germany 2015-07-02 [Bloomberg]


Denmark

Opening the labour market for vulnerable citizens 2016-02-12 [Nordic Labour Journal]
LDI Expert Tapped as Industrial Workers’ Pension CIO 2016-01-09 [CIO]
Few Syrian refugees have the right training for Danish jobs 2016-01-09 [Copenhagen Post]


Estonia

Tallink to increase payroll of ship crew members by 5.3% 2015-12-28 [The Baltic Course]
LabourStart appeal backs Estonian activist sacked for speaking out ActNOW! 2015-10-21 [ITF]
Trade Unions called for a 1-year minimum wage agreement 2015-09-17 [Baltic Course]


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

Four industrial unions in talks over amalgamation 2016-02-12 [Trade Union News from Finland]
Almost 13,000 new JHL members in 2015 2016-01-29 [JHL]
Government wants to make short time employment easier 2016-01-27 [Trade Union News from Finland]


France

Paris commuters furious by 'sympathy' strike on RER 2016-02-07 [The Local]
Paris Transport Staff Will Strike Thursday To Support Former Goodyear Workers With Prison Sentence 2016-02-04 [Forbes]
French cabdrivers, air traffic controllers strike 2016-01-29 [Nano News]


Georgia

Georgian glass factory workers on strike 2016-02-05 [IndustriALL]
3700 mine worker jobs under threat in Georgia 2016-01-22 [Industriall Global Unionm]
Three journalists attacked in broad daylight in Tbilisi 2016-01-14 [European Federation of Journalists]


Germany

Volkswagen's Two-Front Fight: U.S. Regulators and German Unions 2016-02-07 [Bloomberg]
Workers enjoy record wage gains 2016-02-07 [MarketWatch]
IG Metall to seek wage increases of up to 5 pct 2016-02-07 [Reuters]


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

Journalist brutally attacked during public rally 2016-02-09 [IFJ]
National Demonstration on February 13-Preparation for 2Day General Strike 2016-02-09 [PAME]
Nationwide Strike on Thursday 2016-02-04 [Greek Reporter]


Hungary

Railway workers threaten to strike in March if wage talks fails 2016-02-12 [Portfolio]
Balog announces education shake-up before roundtable discussions with teacher unions and others 2016-02-09 [The Budapest Beacon]
Budapest public transport plans ‘surprise’ strike 2016-02-09 [The Business Journal]


Iceland

Labour dispute at Icelandic smelter – a threat to the country’s agreement model? 2016-02-11 [Nordic Labour Journal]
Merchant ship workers may strike 2016-02-02 [Grapevine]
Foreign Workers At Guesthouse Exploited 2016-01-15 [The Grapevine]


Ireland

Luas workers 'have no option' over strike 2016-02-12 [independent.ie]
Staff in 999 call centre to strike over pay, union recognition 2016-02-12 [Irish Times]
SIPTU in warning to DAA over dividend payments 2016-02-12 [RTÉ]


Italy

Boss who groped female workers found not guilty of sexual harassment 2016-02-07 [Guardian]
Tomatoes the product of migrant ‘slave labour’ 2016-01-29 [The News]
'Massive exploitation' found in Italian tomato supply chain 2015-12-17 [Supply Management]


Latvia

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]
Over 24,000 education and science workers on strike 2015-11-27 [The Baltic Course]


Liechtenstein


Lithuania

'No to slavery at work' - unions call protest action [PDF] 2015-08-24 [Lithuanian Trade Union Coordination Centre]
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]


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

The anguish of migrants in Macedonia 2015-07-30 [Equal Times]
THE ANGUISH OF MIGRANTS IN MACEDONIA 2015-07-28 [Equal Times]
EI to help solve labour conflict in the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia 2015-01-24 [Education International]


Malta

UHM concerned with industrial tribunal developements 2016-02-13 [The Malta Independent]
General Workers Union contradicts Union Haddiema Maqghudin on bus drivers’ timetables 2016-02-06 [The Independent]
UHM on public transport workers timetable anomally 2016-02-04 [Malta Independent]


Moldova

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]
Journalist jailed on extremism charges in Moldova's Transdniester region 2015-04-01 [CPJ]


Monaco


Netherlands

Griekenland: grootste algemene staking in jaren tegen Syriza’s pensioenbezuinigingen 2016-02-06 [socialisme.nu]
Amsterdam's sex workers: the unlikely victims of gentrification 2016-01-15 [The Guardian]
Rotterdam dockers' strike: a test case for Europe? 2016-01-12 [Equal Times]


Norway

Nobody does gender equality better than Norway 2016-02-12 [Bloomberg]
Wealth managers raise the importance of respect for human rights 2016-02-09 [UNI Global Union]
The black hole of the subsea oil industry 2016-01-29 [Industri Energi]


Poland

UNI calls for action against Smurfit Kappa’s attack on unions 2016-02-13 [UNI Global Union]
Transport workers protest across Europe in support of Polish dockers 2016-02-10 [ITF Global Union]
Journalists wiretapped by secret police between 2014 and 2015 2016-01-22 [EFJ]


Portugal

Town keeps red flag flying 2016-02-07 [Politico]
Ppublic sector stage strike demanding end of austerity, 35-hour work week 2016-01-29 [The Herald]
Strikers will press for swifter end to austerity 2016-01-28 [The Morning Star]


Romania

'Made in Europe': Plight of garment workers under scrutiny 2016-02-09 [Reuters]
Warning strike at Bucharest Otopeni Airport might cause flight delays on Friday 2016-01-21 [Insider]
Unions demand restoration of labour rights 2015-12-05 [IndustriALL Global Union]


Russia

Central Asia Migrant Workers victims of Moscow textile workshop fire 2016-02-02 [RFE/Radio Liberty]
Novoprof tackles massive wage arrears and precarious jobs at Sbarro fast food restaurants in Russia 2016-01-20 [IUF]
Khodorkovsky's NGO Employees Subjected to Home-Searches 2016-01-01 [Moscow Times]


San Marino


Serbia

Brain Drain as Medics Go West 2016-01-26 [Balkan Insight]
Trade union struggle contributes to ending discrimination against female public servants 2015-10-20 [Education International]
4 workers burned in Serbian munitions factory fire 2015-09-30 [The Times-Union]


Slovakia

Indefinite teachers strike starts 2016-01-26 [libcom.org]
Indefinite teachers strike has started 2016-01-26 [libcom]
State proposes anti-corruption courses for health workers 2015-08-26 [The Spectator]


Slovenia

Protest as thirty jobs slashed at Delo 2015-12-30 [STA]
Health organisations call for dismissal of minister 2015-12-11 [STA]
Trade Unions in Slovenia Blast Latest Greece Rescue Deal 2015-07-19 [sta]


Spain

Court upholds the right to strike 2016-02-13 [UNI Global Union]
Protest Against Criminalization of Right to Strike 2016-02-12 [Prensa Latina]
Thousands join Madrid march against trade unionist trial 2016-02-10 [IndustriALL Global Union]


Sweden

In 2016 the Swedish wage setting model is being put to its biggest test 2016-02-12 [Nordic Labour Journal]
Union Detains Unseaworthy Ship Loaded with Explosives 2016-02-01 [Maritime Executive]
Where unions love free trade 2015-12-09 [The Local]


Switzerland

Geneva moves against wage dumping 2016-02-09 [BWI]
Voters in Switzerland to consider guaranteed income for all 2016-02-02 [The Local]
Get a grip on inequality, leaders urged in run-up to Davos 2016-01-20 [JP]


Turkey

Commemoration of Ankara Bomb Atrocity 2016-02-12 [ITUC]
TARIM ORMAN-IS union increases organizing skills and defend the rights of refugees 2016-02-09 [BWI]
Minimum wage earners spend 1/5 of salary on gas bills 2016-02-09 [Today's Zaman]


Ukraine

Independent Trade Unions Protest in Dniprodzerzhinsk 2016-02-12 [kvpu.org.ua]
KVPU in 2015: victories, protests and strikes (infographics) 2016-02-01 [kvpu.org.ua]
NPGU Trade Union Activist Was Attacked in Kryvyi Rih 2016-01-18 [kvpu.org.ua]


UK

Gender pay gap reporting for big firms to start in 2018 2016-02-13 [Guardian]
Firms that fail to address gender pay gap will be named and shamed 2016-02-13 [Mashable]
When Cameron talks about 'reforming' union laws, he’s gazing longingly at Qatar and Iran 2016-02-13 [NUJ]


Vatican City

Vatican commits to slavery-proofing its own supply chains 2016-01-19 [Albany Times Union]
Teachers should be paid more says Pope 2015-05-27 [Tesconnect]
Pope Francis demands equal pay for women, calls pay gap 'Pure scandal' 2015-05-01 [NBC]
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