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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

Artsakh Trade Unions Hold 3rd Congress 2014-12-26 [Asbarez]
Rubber workers protest over unpaid wages 2014-12-19 [IndustriALL Global Union]
Nairit workers threaten to block Bagratuniats Street 2014-12-06 [Aysor]


Austria

Suspend consideration of partner income at the Unemployment Assistance! 2015-02-05 [Active Unemployed Austria]
From eAMS to Skill Matching: Computers cannot conjure up meaningful work 2014-12-21 [Aufrecht bestehen]
International day of human rights: Active Unemployed Austria calls for a vigil in front of the ministry for social affairs to draw attention to the increasing violation of social human rights! 2014-12-05 [Active Unemployed Austria]


Azerbaijan

Hidden Journalist Refugee at Swiss Embassy in Azerbaijan 2015-02-14 [IFJ]
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]


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

On tackling #dailyracism in Belgium 2015-03-27 [Equal Times]
Strike hits buses and trams 2015-03-25 [Expatica]
BELGIAN MUNICIPALITIES MOBILISE AGAINST THE TTIP 2015-03-19 [Equal Times]


Bosnia


Bulgaria

Anarcho-syndicalists support protest of bar workers at the Golden Sands resort 2015-03-14 [Libcom]
Bar workers protest at the Golden Sands resort 2015-03-12 [libcom.org]
Justice minister provides 76.72% of needed sum for prison workers’ remuneration: official 2015-02-07 [Focus]


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

EAC unions call off strike 2015-03-27 [The Mail]
Minister not sure why Larnaca port workers are striking this time 2015-03-27 [The Mail]
Hotel workers demonstrate, threaten summer action 2015-03-25 [The Mail]


Czech Republic

Škoda Auto unions may strike 2015-01-30 [The Post]
Tesco faces strike 2015-01-14 [The Guardian]
Tesco union gives strike warning over closures 2015-01-13 [Reuters]


Denmark

Danish cleaners as European role models 2015-03-24 [ECJ]
Norwegian sympathy strike may hit Denmark 2015-03-05 [The Local]
SAS to striking workers: Show up or be fired 2015-03-02 [The Local]


Estonia

TUC Head urges Govt to find solutions to wave of redundancies 2015-01-27 [The Baltic Course]
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]


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

Estonian construction worker numbers in decline 2015-03-27 [YLE News]
83 000 employees work with zero-hours contracts 2015-03-27 [Trade Union News from Finland]
Wärtsilä favours a mock trade union at its factory in India 2015-03-17 [Trade Union News from Finland]


France

Hundreds of French Sex Workers March in Paris Against Laws Making Buying, Selling, and Looking Like You Might Sell Sex a Crime 2015-03-31 [Reason]
Union of Sex Workers march in Paris against repression 2015-03-29 [Demotix]
Port ferry workers strike over threats to future of business 2015-03-25 [Customs Today]


Georgia

Protest rally in front of the RMG Gold office 2015-03-29 [GTUC]
Solidarity Center Launches Georgia Worker Rights Project 2015-03-29 [GTUC]
Trade Union demands transport regulations. 2015-03-29 [GTUC]


Germany

Union files suit against Deutsche Post, calls strike 2015-03-31 [News 7]
Exploitation of migrant workers: the hidden face of Germany’s construction sites 2015-03-30 [Equal Times]
Preconditions for successful implementation of the new minimum wage in Germany 2015-03-30 [GLC]


Gibraltar

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]
Chief Minister urges all to celebrate May Day 2013-04-30 [The Chronicle]


Greece

The new government and the great opportunities for unions 2015-03-16 [USI]
ITUC strongly critical of IMF response to Eurozone-Greece deal 2015-02-27 [ITUC]
Labour Minister vows collective bargaining, workers’ rights central to recovery 2015-02-18 [UNI Global Union]


Hungary

Unions in Hungary seek referendum to overturn shopping ban 2015-03-17 [Associated Press]
A Hungarian company joins peers to protest minimum wage rule in German court 2015-03-14 [BBJ]
Culture Workers Union demands European standard wages 2015-01-24 [Budapest Beacon]


Iceland

Fish Factory Worker Fights Back – With Song! 2015-03-28 [Grapvine]
Collective agreement victory ends Icelandair dispute 2015-01-15 [ITF]
Global commute for Kiwi meat workers 2014-11-20 [The Herald]


Ireland

Fears of new strike as bus drivers walk away from privatisation talks 2015-03-31 [The Irish Independent]
Major national bus strike closer following breakdown in talks 2015-03-31 [Newstalk]
AGSI calls for garda oversight bodies to be merged 2015-03-30 [RTÉ]


Italy

Thousands march through Rome against Renzi’s labour reform 2015-03-29 [Euronews]
Strike at Uffizi Easter week illegal, says authority 2015-03-26 [Gazetta del Sud]
Bank unions declare two days of strikes 2015-03-24 [Gazetta del Sud]


Latvia

Health and Social Care Employees' Union to hold rally on April 20 2015-03-18 [The Baltic Course]
Minimum wage in Latvia in 2015 will be raised to EUR 360 2014-12-03 [The Baltic ]
Education workers planning to go on strike 2014-11-13 [The Baltic Course]


Liechtenstein


Lithuania

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]
Teachers go on indefinite astrike 2014-12-02 [The Baltic Course]


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

EI to help solve labour conflict in the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia 2015-01-24 [Education International]
IFJ and EFJ together demand the review of Macedonian journalist Kezarovski's trial 2015-01-23 [IFJ]
IFJ and EFJ Call on Macedonian Authorities to Grant the Permanent Release of Journalist Kezarovski 2015-01-21 [IFJ]


Malta

GWU-backed unions seek recognition as representatives of disciplined forces 2015-03-30 [The Times]
UHM lists the five concerns of Maltese workers 2015-03-25 [Maltatoday]
GWU: Credible, competent and consistent 2015-03-22 [The Times]


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

Nine in 10 workers on flexible contracts want a permanent job 2015-03-27 [Dutch News]
Home nursing firm wants to rehire 600 sacked staff as freelancers: union 2015-03-25 [Dutch News]
V&D, labour union talks end with no deal 2015-02-18 [The Times]


Norway

Industrial Workers Reach Last Minute Wage Deal 2015-03-27 [Rigzone]
Sweden flights delayed as Norwegian row boils 2015-03-03 [The Local]
Norwegian Air pilots braced for bankrupcty 2015-03-03 [The Local]


Poland

Big Gdansk container terminal bans dock union organisers 2015-03-19 [ITF]
Coal miners wage militant struggle against privatisation - PM 2015-03-07 [Coal Guru]
Government squashes more mining reforms in nod to powerful unions 2015-03-04 [Reuters]


Portugal

Healthcare workers suspend historic strike 2015-03-31 [Equal Times]
PORTUGAL: HEALTHCARE TECHNICIANS SET TO STRIKE 2015-03-30 [Equal Times]
PORTUGUESE HEALTHCARE WORKERS SUSPEND HISTORIC STRIKE 2015-03-30 [Equal Times]


Romania

Court orders Wizz Air to reinstate dismissed union leader 2015-03-27 [ITF Global Union]
Protests Continue at Dacia Romania as Workers Ask for More Money 2015-01-08 [Autoevolution]
Public workers stage vuvuzela pay protest 2014-10-08 [Reuters]


Russia

Trade union congress focuses on quality education 2015-03-30 [Education International]
Dmitry Kozhnev: Anyone who tries to defend their rights is branded a fifth columnist and agent of the State Department 2015-03-29 [Russian Reader/Yodnews.ru]
Moscow Doctors Go on Work-to-Rule Strike 2015-03-28 [Russian Reader/Snob.ru/Valentin Urusov]


San Marino


Serbia

Teachers strike, classes suspended in Cacak, Gornji Milanovac, Krusevac 2015-03-24 [IN News]
Six Serbian Migrant Workers Killed in Russia 2015-02-25 [BWI]
Government plans to bankrupt 188 state firms, trim 5,000 jobs 2015-01-03 [Reuters]


Slovakia

More pro-employee measures adopted, praised by unions 2014-11-24 [The Spectator]
Strike alert called off at Volkswagen plant 2014-05-29 [The Post]
Volkswagen workers brace for full-blown strike 2014-05-03 [The Spectator]


Slovenia

Port Representatives Urge For Better Worker Protection 2015-03-14 [STA]
Unions Want Higher Standard of Living in 2015 2015-01-06 [STA]
Unions and Parliament Officials Discuss Youth Unemployment 2014-12-11 [STA]


Spain

Universities go on strike against government reform 2015-03-25 [Education International]
Universities strike again over degree-length change proposals 2015-03-24 [Gnomes]
UGT union used Caja Madrid “black” credit cards to finance expenses 2015-03-13 [El Pais]


Sweden

Unpaid job trials are exploitative and akin to slavery, says Union 2015-02-19 [Staffing Industry]
Volvo announces 1000 job cuts 2015-02-06 [The Local]
Huge job cuts at Gothenburg ball bearing plant 2015-01-29 [The Local]


Switzerland

Rotterdam Convention no credibility on chrysotile 2015-03-28 [BWI]
Farcical Technical Workshop on Chrysotile in Rotterdam Convention – Asbestos Industry junket to Geneva 2015-03-28 [BWI]
Rally protests against pay equality gap 2015-03-08 [Swiss Info]


Turkey

CHP's pensioner program receives union backing 2015-03-28 [Cihan]
Five workers’ union heads acquitted of charges over Workers’ Day call 2015-03-25 [Hurriyet]
Labor unions push gov’t to allow Labor Day demonstrations in Taksim 2015-03-25 [Zaman]


Ukraine

Ukraine's Biggest Fascist Threat is in Occupied Territories 2015-03-30 [Ukraine Solidarity Campaign]
Odessa Tragedy Trial Turns to Farce 2015-03-30 [Ukraine Solidarity Campaign]
Appeal for Solidarity: Union Protest Repressed in Odessa 2015-03-30 [Ukraine Solidarity Campaign]


UK

Journalists, surveillance and the police - How can the secret state learn to live with the fourth estate? 2015-03-31 [NUJ]
England Drivers facing a 50 per cent pay cut at Hackney council to strike on Thursday 2015-03-31 [Unite]
Ethnic minority disadvantage in the labour market 2015-03-31 [JRF]


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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