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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

Protection of workers’ labor, safety and health 2013-06-26 [ARKA]
Protecting Workers’ Rights 2012-12-05 [Asbarez]
Chemical Plant Workers Again Protest In Yerevan 2012-11-29 [azatutyun]


Austria

Holidays for the Unemployed: The protest continues with an online petition 2014-08-28 [Active Unemployed Austria]
BWI International conference on asbestos to take place in Vienna in partnership with Industriall Global Union - 6 & 7 May 2014 2014-03-02 [BWI]
Unions want 1,500 Euro minimum for everyone 2013-11-18 [The Times]


Azerbaijan

The new social workers 2013-06-07 [The Guardian]
5th Congress of the Federation of Trade Unions of Constructional Complex Workers Decides on Union Growth Strategy 2012-09-28 [BWI]
Conference of Railway Employees Trade Unions held in Azerbaijan 2012-04-26 [ABC]


Belarus

Babrujsk activists who took part in hunger strike of protest, dismissed 2014-10-01 [Charter 97]
Minsk municipal executive committee banned May Day celebration for trade unions 2014-05-01 [Charter 97]
Union members go on hunger strike in Belarus 2014-03-28 [IndustriALL Global Union]


Belgium

Trade unions protest in Brussels against austerity plans 2014-09-24 [Expatica]
Police organise retirement age protest 2014-09-19 [The Gulf Times]
Taxi unions to take on Uber app 2014-09-16 [ITF]


Bosnia


Bulgaria

Trade Unions, Employers’ Organizations to Boycott Tripartite Cooperation Council Meeting 2014-09-27 [Novinite]
Bobov Dol Miners Join Strike of Colleagues in Burgas 2014-09-20 [novinite.com]
More Miners on strike 2014-09-19 [Focus]


Croatia

Trade Union and Employers 'Fair Prices Initiative' Launched in Croatia 2014-09-03 [BWI]
Adriadiesel workers on strike and worrying about possible sanctions for Russia 2014-03-18 [The Times]
Activists march through central Zagreb on International Women's Day 2014-03-09 [Dalje]


Cyprus

Public strikes off after gov't chickens out of bonus tax 2014-09-19 [The Mirror]
Civil servants call off strike 2014-09-18 [The Mail]
Public sector employees go on strike this Friday 2014-09-16 [The Mirror]


Czech Republic

CSA to fire third of its pilots as Russia passengers fall due to Ukraine crisis 2014-09-26 [The Free Press]
Czech Airlines to Lay Off About One Third of Staff 2014-09-25 [The Wall Street Journal]
Czech Airlines' stewards threaten strike over layoffs 2014-09-25 [Channel News Asia]


Denmark

Unionised Danish McDonald's Workers get paid double their US colleagies - and get sick pay 2014-09-21 [Business Insider]
Metalworkers Union join Industry to express Danish commitment to TransAtlantic Trade Agreement 2014-07-16 [FT]
Metal union predicts 7000 jobs as Denmark allocates funds to encourage environmental investment 2014-06-26 [Global Post]


Estonia

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]
Trade union for energy workers consider a possible strike 2013-03-13 [Baltic Business ]


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

Summer job hotline helped hundreds of young people 2014-10-02 [Trade Union News from Finland]
Labour market organisations agree to employment pension reform 2014-09-29 [Trade Union News from Finland]
Unions defend shop stewards and win in the Labour Court 2014-09-23 [Trade Union News from Finland]


France

Pharmacists strike ove rplans to liberalise market 2014-10-01 [France 24]
White Collar Workers Strike 2014-10-01 [teleSUR]
Air France pilots' union ends strike after grounding flights for two weeks 2014-09-29 [CTV]


Georgia

Know your rights at work 2014-09-04 [GTUC]
The government accepted the GTUC proposal – part of the public sector employees will start working at 9.30 AM 2014-09-03 [GTUC]
Historic words from US President Barack Obama in support of Trade Unions 2014-09-02 [GTUC]


Germany

Lufthansa pilots' 15-hour strike affects 9000 travellers 2014-10-01 [Reuters]
Lufthansa may rent and lease back for no-frills plan 2014-09-28 [Reuters]
Country faces rail strikes after pay talks collapse - union 2014-09-26 [Reuters]


Gibraltar

Teachers’ union highlights importance of Workers’ 2014-04-27 [The Chronicle]
Chief Minister urges all to celebrate May Day 2013-04-30 [The Chronicle]
Unite challenges opposition leader to support May Day and Workers Memorial Day 2013-04-26 [Vox]


Greece

Armed only with rubber gloves, Greek cleaners fight the iron fist of austerity 2014-10-01 [Equal Times]
Air Traffic Controllers Announce 48-hour Strike 2014-10-01 [Greek Reporter]
Armed only with rubber gloves, Greek cleaners fight the iron fist of austerity 2014-09-24 [Equal Times]


Hungary

Independent journalism under increasing threat in Hungary 2014-08-17 [Equal Times]
Hankook continues to violate union rights in Hungary 2014-08-06 [IndustriALL Global Union]
Teachers’ union urges school management changes 2014-06-30 [Politics.hu]


Iceland

Bus Drivers Told They Will Be Fired For Complaining 2014-09-29 [Grapevine]
Union Official Worried About Tourism Industry Workers 2014-09-02 [Grapevine]
Demanded Fair Wage And Got Fired 2014-08-04 [Grapevine]


Ireland

Information meetings for fixed-term and part-time teachers 2014-10-01 [ASTI]
Warning over DAA pension benefits 2014-10-01 [North County Leader]
Irish unions launch breast cancer awareness drive 2014-10-01 [Equal Times]


Italy

Labour reform leaves Renzi facing union battle 2014-10-01 [The Herald]
Despite union opposition, Renzi wins vote on labour reform 2014-09-30 [Business Recorder]
Renzi wins party vote on labour reform 2014-09-30 [Reuters]


Latvia

Teachers prepare to strike over salaries 2013-11-09 [Baltic Times]
Teachers prepare to strike over salaries 2013-11-08 [The Baltic Times]
Latvia’s euro ambitions undeterred by Cyprus bailout 2013-04-08 [Equal Times]


Liechtenstein


Lithuania

Gv't mediation sought in refinery workers-management standoff 2014-06-25 [Xinhua]
What changes will Lithuanian education reforms bring? 2013-02-26 [Equal Times]
Carlsberg Re-Classified As An ‘Essential Service’ To Prevent Workers From Striking 2012-03-06 [libcom]


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

IFJ/EFJ Condemn Continued Detention of Tomislav Kezarovski 2013-07-26 [IFJ]
Jailed journalist begins hunger strike 2013-07-22 [Xindex]
Flight Controllers Threaten to close Mak Sky 2011-09-02 [MINA]


Malta

GWU launches Prison Warders Union 2014-08-13 [The Times]
UHM on MEA proposals 2014-08-11 [The Malta Independent]
Collective agreement for academic staff signed 2014-08-07 [Today]


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

ITF sounds warning after Rotterdam port verdict 2014-09-24 [ITF]
Volunteers and interns are replacing regular workers, union warns 2014-08-26 [Expatica]
Dutch pilots want risk assessments on air space from the government 2014-08-15 [Dutch News]


Norway

Mass strikes against new work laws 2014-09-24 [The Local]
Offshore workers sit at home without pay 2014-09-05 [Stavanger Aftenblad]
'Very dramatic situation,' oil industry union leader says 2014-09-03 [Stavanger Aftenblad]


Poland

“Relief is a political gesture”: The Jewish Labor Committee’s interventions in war-torn Poland, 1939-1945 2014-09-11 [TRANSATLANTICA]
ETF ramps up pressure on ‘anti-union’ LOT ActNOW! 2014-08-29 [ITF]
Min. wage for builders 1,70 Euro per hour 2014-07-31 [BWI]


Portugal

Lisbon Metro suspended as workers strike again 2014-09-26 [The News]
Lisbon Metro suspended as workers strike again 2014-09-25 [The News]
Lisbon metro workers to strike again on September 25 2014-09-11 [The News]


Romania

Rail workers stage two-hour strike 2014-04-24 [The Herald]
Rosia Montana Gold Corp lays off 400 workers over ‘approval delays’ 2014-03-04 [Balkans.com]
The shale gas dilemma of Romania 2014-01-30 [Equal Times]


Russia

World Cup 2018 : BWI Concerned about the implemenation of FIFA Law in Russia 2014-10-02 [BWI]
Workers’ wage arrears protests send Putin a chilling reminder of the Yeltsin era 2014-09-24 [The Conversation]
Russia takes double punch as vanishing workers fan inflation 2014-09-21 [Chicago Tribune]


San Marino


Serbia

Fiat temporarily closes factory 2014-09-09 [In]
Employers want salaries cut by 25 percent 2014-08-10 [B92]
Trade Unions Protest Against Amendments to Labour Law 2014-08-06 [BWI]


Slovakia

Strike alert called off at Volkswagen plant 2014-05-29 [The Post]
Volkswagen workers brace for full-blown strike 2014-05-03 [The Spectator]
US businesses call on president to stop collective bargaining law 2013-11-10 [Slovak Spectator]


Slovenia

Exploitation of migrant workers in Slovenia 2014-09-10 [RTV SLO]
Energy Union to Discuss General Strike Over Situation at HSE 2014-07-07 [STA]
Trade Unions to Defend Minimum Wage with All Available Means 2013-09-21 [Slovenska tiskovna agencija]


Spain

DON’T FIRE MY MUMMY! 2014-09-30 [www.ccoo-servicios.es]
Granada hotel, bar and restaurant staff continue strike over reduced pay and lack of job security 2014-09-14 [Gnomes]
Iberia airline workers clash with police during strike - video 2014-08-31 [The Guardian]


Sweden

ILO and H&M sign unique agreement on sustainable global supply chains in the garment industry 2014-09-27 [ILO]
Former union leader welcomed as he is elected Swedish PM 2014-09-19 [IndustriALL Global Union]
NUMSA Statement Congratulating Cde Stefan Lofven for winning Election 2014-09-17 [Cosatu]


Switzerland

Railway gets order barring strike 2014-09-15 [The Observer]
CEO-to-worker pay gap grows: union study 2014-06-24 [The Local]
Swiss Parliament votes to ratify Domestic Workers Convention 2014-06-22 [IUF]


Turkey

We don’t need no mixed-sex schools, says Turkey's conservative teachers union 2014-09-28 [Hurriyet Daily News]
Mining capital hit by layoffs, migration after Parl't adopts new safety code 2014-09-26 [Hurriyet Daily News]
Ankara to sign ILO making refuge chambers in mines mandatory 2014-09-26 [Today's Zaman]


Ukraine

Stop Harassing and victimizing Anastasia Podpruzhnikova and Trade Union organizer Pavlo Vezdenetsky. 2014-08-20 [ www.ukrainesolidarity.co.uk]
Medical workers of KVPU help Ukrainian soldiers in the ATO zone 2014-08-20 [kvpu.org.ua]
European trade unions shows solidarity with Ukranian unions under attack 2014-07-08 [European Public Services Union]


UK

Midwives to strike after Jeremy Hunt scraps 1% pay rise 2014-10-01 [The Guardian]
England Talks call as Bedford bus rush hour strikes loom 2014-10-01 [Unite]
Blacklisting protest at High Court 2014-10-01 [Socialist Worker]


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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