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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

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

Gvt appeal for far-right votes by plan to discriminate against EU workers 2017-01-15 [EU Observer]
Public sector workers 'must be BANNED from wearing Islamic veils at work' claims minister 2017-01-08 [Sunday Express]
Minister calls for headscarf ban for public servants 2017-01-07 [RNS]


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

Belarusian unions call for abolishment of decree on “social parasitism” 2016-12-22 [IndustriALL]
Unions oppose law calling unemployed 'social parasites' 2016-11-17 [Industriall Global Union ]
Activists of Independent Trade Unions held a flashmob in social networks 2016-10-12 [BITU]


Belgium

New education pact not as excellent as it appears 2017-02-15 [Education International]
IndustriALL and Solvay renew their global framework agreement for five years 2017-02-03 [IndustriALL]
Thousands expected at steel rally in Brussels 2016-11-07 [IndustriALL]


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

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]
Trade Unions to Sue Government for 7 Billion Kuna? 2016-09-21 [Total News]


Cyprus

Cyprus government signs agreement with civil servants' trade union 2017-02-08 [Famagusta Gazette]
Lessons from a strike 70 years ago 2017-01-29 [The Mail]
Port pilots on strike over employment of foreign nationals 2017-01-12 [The Mail]


Czech Republic

Healthcare workers' trade union declares strike alert 2017-02-10 [Prague Daily Monitor]
Fast track programme for Ukraine workers creates strain between Czech unions and bosses 2017-01-14 [Radio Prague ]
Czech Post workers strike for higher wages 2016-12-22 [Radio Prague]


Denmark

VIDEO: McDonald's employees earn how much? ( WARNING: Happiness ahead) 2017-01-09 [The Jimmy Dore Show]
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]


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

STTK: The Act on Co-operation within Undertakings needs to undergo full reform 2017-02-16 [Trade Union News from Finland]
New oath for teachers introduced by union 2017-02-15 [Education International]
Unions are looking for new ways to work: a media cooperative and a music club 2017-02-08 [Trade Union News from Finland]


France

French unions gear up for future threats 2017-02-07 [iTF]
Air France union urges members to refuse work on U.S. flights after Trump order 2017-02-02 [Reuters]
Train services across France hit by rail strike 2017-02-02 [The Local FR]


Georgia

When the state invests in labour exploitation 2017-02-22 [Open Caucasus Media]
Are Georgia’s disparate left-wing protesters consolidating into a coherent political force? 2017-02-18 [Open Caucasus Media]
IndustriALL affiliates rally in support of Georgian workers 2017-02-17 [IndustriALL]


Germany

VW, unions make headway in talks over turnaround plan 2017-02-21 [CNA]
Germany encouraged over Opel jobs, but UK union worries 2017-02-21 [CNA]
Workers 'open' to Opel takeover 2017-02-20 [Menafm.com]


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

UPDATE: Union Announces Public Transport Workers Will Add Two More 24-Hour Strikes Next Week - See more at: http://greece.greekreporter.com/2017/02/21/update-union-announces-public-transport-workers-will-add-two-more-24-hour-strikes-next-week/#sthash.eutX 2017-02-21 [Greek Reporter]
Strike closes Acropolis, ancient sites in Greece 2017-02-20 [AP]
Greek workers face ever more precariousness 2017-02-17 [Equal Times]


Hungary

Audi agrees to raise wages, union says 2017-02-13 [BBJ]
EPSU supports sacked waste company trade unionists in Hungary ActNOW! 2017-02-12 [EPSU]
Tanítanék demonstrators demand new minister, education portfolio 2017-02-08 [Budapest Beacom]


Iceland

New strike threat to supplies 2016-12-16 [Fish Update]
Seamen Start Their Strike 2016-12-15 [Grapevine]
Seamen Postpone Strike, Teachers Ready To Walk 2016-11-17 [Grapevine]


Ireland

Bus Éireann dispute back at WRC for third day 2017-02-21 [RTÉ]
Four further Tesco stores vote for strike action 2017-02-21 [RTÉ]
Accommodation allowance deal averts doctors strike 2017-02-21 [RTÉ]


Italy

Pompeii workers union protest march banned by Naples police 2017-02-09 [The Local ]
Trade union leader released after three days of protests across Italy 2017-01-31 [libcom.org]
Giulio Regeni: Egypt airs video of murdered Italian student 2017-01-27 [BBC]


Latvia

Green wins keep Baltic populism in check – but for how long? 2017-01-18 [Equal Times]
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]


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

Strike threat over unpaid wages 2017-02-10 [IFJ]
MACEDONIA IS PAYING THE PRICE OF EUROPE’S INDIFFERENCE 2017-01-23 [Equal Times]
SGIP starts a new campaign on Health and Safety at Work 2016-05-11 [BWI Global Union]


Malta

UHM to meet government on Gozo law courts 2017-02-15 [Malta Independent]
MAM declares industrial dispute 2017-02-14 [Malta Independent]
Workers rights 2017-01-26 [Voice of the Workers weekly]


Moldova

Being twenty-something in Transnistria 2017-01-05 [Equal Times]
Moldova: a country being emptied of its inhabitants 2016-12-06 [Equal Times]
Meetings, services and victim support for IWMD16 2016-04-23 [ITUC]


Monaco


Netherlands

NAM must reinstate fired union representative 2017-01-17 [IndustriALL]
What It’s Like To Do Sex Work In Amsterdam 2017-01-06 [Refinery29]
Union calls off strike at Shell Pernis refinery 2016-12-16 [Yahoo]


Norway

Why Norway is the best country for LGBT workers 2017-02-09 [The Local ]
Strike averted among airport ground crews 2017-02-06 [Views and News]
Strike can disrupt airline traffic 2017-01-26 [The News]


Poland

Polish government to restrict journalists’ access to Parliament 2016-12-21 [IFJ]
Government to restrict journalists’ access to parliament 2016-12-19 [EFJ]
Events commemorate deadly miners’ strike anniversary 2016-12-17 [Radio Poland]


Portugal

Lisbon binmen strike for better wages 2016-10-28 [The News]
Call centre employees on EDP contract demand end to casual work 2016-10-20 [The News]
Disruption expected at airports tomorrow as security workers stage 24-hour strike 2016-08-26 [The News]


Romania

Labour Protests Shake Romania Ahead of Election 2016-11-23 [Balkan Insight]
Posta Romana board reaches deal with trade unions to end strike 2016-11-02 [The Business Review]
Romanian Post: Employees’ strike caused RON 4.5 million loss in a matter of hours 2016-10-28 [The Business Review]


Russia

IFJ/EFJ urge Russian authorities to stop persecuting Ukrainian journalists 2017-01-28 [IFJ]
Gender equality commission of the KTR: “Violence without violence” is impossible! 2017-01-26 [KTR]
Chocolate Factory in Russia Owned By Ukraniain President To Close, Lay Off 700 2017-01-22 [RFE/RL]


San Marino


Serbia

The Lost Boys of Belgrade: migrant kids’ lonely struggle to survive 2017-02-17 [equal times]
Chilling effect on media freedom by verdict against journalist and editor 2017-01-09 [EFJ]
Unions Seek Higher Minimum Wage 2016-08-19 [Balkan Insight]


Slovakia

PPS Group employees to strike on January 9 2017-01-06 [The Spectator]
Over 2,200 teachers to participate in the escalating strike on Thursday 2016-09-29 [The Spectator]
New school year, new strike? 2016-08-25 [The Spectator]


Slovenia

Trade unions want minimum wage to rise 5% 2017-01-17 [STA]
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]


Spain

Port plans 'beyond belief':Global Union 2017-02-10 [ITF]
Port workers to strike over labour reforms 2017-02-10 [CM]
Show urgent solidarity for Spanish dockers, ITF urges unions 2017-02-09 [iTF]


Sweden

Sweden FIRST: Moves to crackdown on migrant labour as euroscepticism rises 2017-02-16 [The Express]
Strike threatens Gothenburg port 2017-01-19 [JOC]
Study predicts the Swedish women poised to close gender pay gap first 2017-01-16 [The Local]


Switzerland

Richemont reaches agreement with employees on job cuts - union 2016-12-10 [EuroNews]
Geneva airport workers ready to strike 2016-12-07 [The Local]
Nissan Switzerland to relocate 92 jobs 2016-10-27 [IndustriALL]


Turkey

Outspoken union head faces armed attack as pressure mounts on referendum naysayers 2017-02-12 [Turkey Purge]
Authorities sack another 4,500 civil servants after coup bid 2017-02-08 [AFP]
'No room to breathe anymore' 2017-02-08 [Qantara.de]


Ukraine

Journalist’s car burned as a warning 2017-02-14 [IFJ]
Trolleybus depot workers ended the hunger strike ActNOW! 2017-02-09 [kvpu.org.ua]
Four trolleybus depot workers are still on a hunger strike in Kyiv ActNOW! 2017-02-06 [kvpu.org.ua]


UK

Government must ‘up its game’ to stamp out gender pay gap, says TUC 2017-02-21 [TUC]
Teacher Recruitment and Retention 2017-02-21 [NUT]
England Southern Rail and ASLEF to meet for secret peace talks 2017-02-21 [ITV]


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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