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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

IFJ/EFJ attend conference in Vienna about journalists’ safety, media freedom and pluralism in times of conflict 2015-06-16 [IFJ]
Austrian Unemployment at record high: Work Agency Chairman Mr. Johannes Kopf should start to work rather than fuel the sentiment against unemployed people! 2015-04-11 [Active Unemployed Austria]
Suspend consideration of partner income at the Unemployment Assistance! 2015-02-05 [Active Unemployed Austria]


Azerbaijan

The Reporting That Jailed Khadija 2015-07-21 [RFE/Radio Liberty]
IFJ and EFJ launch digital safety tips ahead of Baku Games 2015-06-16 [IFJ]
AZERBAIJAN: RUTHLESS REPRESSION IN THE SHADOW OF THE FIRST EUROPEAN GAMES 2015-06-10 [Equal Times]


Belarus

'Crushed Like Ants:' Chinese Workers Meet Harsh Reality In Belarus 2015-07-23 [RFE/Radio Liberty]
One of the terrible ten worst countries for workers’ rights 2015-06-16 [Stronger Unions]
All-China Federation of Trade Unions to examine Belarus' health resort treatment practices 2015-06-14 [Belarusian News]


Belgium

IDWF: Winner of the 'Organising International Solidarity' Silver Rose Award 2015-05-04 [SOLIDAR]
More strike action threatened 2015-04-23 [The Global Post]
Brussels hit by transport strike 2015-04-22 [The Telegraph]


Bosnia


Bulgaria

Workers at Military Plant VMZ Sopot Demand Pay Rises 2015-07-27 [Novinite]
Social workers staged warning strike Thursday 2015-07-10 [Focus]
1,000 interior ministry employees protest in front of parliament Saturday 2015-06-14 [Focus]


Croatia

Fair Hotels Croatia - promoting trade union rights in tourism 2015-07-25 [IUF]
Shipyard workers face an unweatherable storm 2014-11-19 [Equal Times]
Croatia’s shipyard workers face an unweatherable storm 2014-11-19 [Equal Times]


Cyprus

Massive delays caused by port overtime ban 2015-07-15 [The Mail]
Scramble to reach agreement with port workers 2015-07-03 [The Shipping News]
Doctors refuse to punch in time cards 2015-06-27 [The Mail]


Czech Republic

Sick of Cheap Labor, Czech Unions Seek Catch-Up With Germany 2015-07-02 [Bloomberg]
Unions at VW's Czech unit Skoda raise strike threat over pay hikes 2015-04-17 [Reuters]
Škoda Auto trade unions threaten strike 2015-04-16 [Prague Post]


Denmark

Ryanair quits Copenhagen airport over row with unions 2015-07-15 [The Financial Times]
Ryanair quits Copenhagen after union dispute 2015-07-15 [Irish Times]
Ryanair to relocate CPH base to Lithuania 2015-07-11 [The Local]


Estonia

Employers' confederation proposes minimum wage increase by 2017 2015-05-26 [The Baltic Times]
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]


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

Universities must do more to tackle social worker crisis 2015-07-13 [YLE]
Labour Law Professor on the Government Programme: What on earth does this mean? 2015-07-02 [Trade Union News from Finland]
JHL reaches accord on new collective agreements in Municipal and Central Government sectors 2015-07-01 [JHL]


France

More travel disruption at Calais looms as ferry workers threaten new show of force 2015-07-28 [Telegraph]
'Mob rule' is just part of French striking culture 2015-07-24 [The Local]
Blazing anger: Striking ferry workers block Calais terminal with burning tires 2015-07-22 [RT]


Georgia

Reports on Human Rights Practices for 2014 2015-07-13 [GTUC]
New Trade Union of Railway Workers’ held an extraordinary board meeting. 2015-06-28 [GTUC]
Strike in Kutaisi 2015-06-28 [GTUC]


Germany

Amazon Germany : the low price and low wage giant 2015-07-15 [Equal Times]
PAME at the solidarity action of the Mercedes Benz Workers in Bremen, Germany on 13 July 2015. 2015-07-14 [PAME]
Amazon Germany: the low price and low wage giant 2015-07-14 [Equal Times]


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

Immediate Measures for the Heatwave at Childcare Facilities 2015-07-29 [PAME]
Information On The Attack of the SYRIZA Government Against Social Security 2015-07-29 [PAME]
Stop Trade Union Persecutions 2015-07-29 [PAME]


Hungary

Surveillance and hard labor: Hungarian Gypsies struggle under tough tactics of far-right mayor 2015-07-28 [Associated Press]
Part-time employees bear brunt of Sunday closure layoffs 2015-07-28 [Budapest Beacon]
Sunday shopping ban has claimed 3,000 jobs 2015-07-23 [Politics.hu]


Iceland

Health Minister Looking Into Hiring Foreign Workers to Replace Protesting Nurses 2015-07-17 [The Grapevine]
Anti govt protests tonight over labour disputes 2015-07-01 [Morgunbladid]
Health cuts threatened after mass resignations 2015-07-01 [Morgunbladid]


Ireland

Economic changes leaving majority behind, former ICTU head says 2015-07-24 [Irish Times]
Public pay deal receives a boost 2015-07-24 [Irish Examiner]
SIPTU members vote in favour of Lansdowne Road public service proposals 2015-07-24 [SIPTU]


Italy

‘I was a slave': Nigerian women escape sexual bondage in Italy 2015-07-28 [PBS NewsHour]
Colosseum, Pompeii temporarily close amid union dispute 2015-07-25 [Reuters]
Pilots and cabin crew at Etihad affiliate Alitalia to go on 24-hour strike 2015-07-23 [The National]


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

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]
IFJ and EFJ together demand the review of Macedonian journalist Kezarovski's trial 2015-01-23 [IFJ]


Malta

Medical union on Private public partnership in health 2015-07-15 [Times of Malta]
UHM to push for introduction of second pillar pensions 2015-07-13 [The Independent]
UHM working to safeguard health workers interest 2015-06-29 [The 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

Hotel Metropole runs low on service as staff walk 2011-01-01 [The Times]


Netherlands

PostNL’s independent parcel delivery drivers back at work 2015-07-21 [Post and Parcel]
Continuing disruption to PostNL services 2015-07-17 [Post and Parcel]
Post office delivery workers planning strike 2015-07-01 [The Times]


Norway

UNI says Norway’s refusal to assess NBIM’s financial link to forced labour is a 'backward step on human rights' 2015-07-24 [UNI Global Union]
Church joins unions arguing Sunday shopping 'breaks Norway constitution' 2015-07-02 [The Local]
'Ban au pairs to stop abuse': Norway national union centre 2015-06-28 [The Local]


Poland

Solidarnosc dockers protest in bid for ‘life with dignity’ 2015-07-29 [ITF Global Union]
IFJ & EFJ condemn the murder of journalist beaten to death 2015-06-24 [NUJ]
Big Gdansk container terminal bans dock union organisers 2015-03-19 [ITF]


Portugal

Baggage handlers on strike July 31 2015-07-24 [The Journal]
Strike against privatisation shuts Lisbon metro 2015-06-26 [Yahoo]
Lisbon subway shuts again as workers reject private company 2015-06-26 [The Times-Union]


Romania

Minister resigns after offensive statement about migrant workers 2015-06-14 [Romania Insider]
Minister quits after 'thugs and prostitutes' comment about Romanians working abroad 2015-06-14 [DW]
Dacia to shed jobs to increase competitiveness 2015-05-08 [UT]


Russia

Leadership workshop in Russia inspires women unionists 2015-07-29 [ITF Global Union]
Leadership workshop in Russia inspires women unionists 2015-07-28 [ITF]
Economy is so bad, unemployed migrant workers are turning to the Islamic State 2015-07-23 [Business Insider]


San Marino


Serbia

Unions announce end of educators' strike 2015-04-27 [B92]
Teachers’ protest finally ends 2015-04-23 [In Serbia]
Teachers strike, classes suspended in Cacak, Gornji Milanovac, Krusevac 2015-03-24 [IN News]


Slovakia

Health workers want guaranteed salaries across-the-board 2015-07-28 [The Spectator]
Workers for Bratislava borough Vrakuňa announce strike alert 2015-05-14 [The Spectator]
More pro-employee measures adopted, praised by unions 2014-11-24 [The Spectator]


Slovenia

Trade Unions in Slovenia Blast Latest Greece Rescue Deal 2015-07-19 [sta]
Unions File Minimum Wage Initiative 2015-05-15 [STA]
Employers, Minister for Dialogue on Minimum Wage 2015-04-01 [STA]


Spain

ITF: FC Barcelona election ‘will decide fate of Qatar Airways sponsorship deal’ 2015-07-17 [ITF]
Ryanair asks court to halt 'illegal' strike by baggage handlers 2015-07-15 [The Daily Mail]
Ryanair sues its staff for strike action 2015-07-14 [The Irish Independent]


Sweden

Unions announce plans to join a Danish strike against Ryanair 2015-07-08 [The Local]
H&M Banks on a Fashion-Conscious Fashion Conscience 2015-06-29 [JG]
Organising and winning in the new world of work 2015-06-18 [UNI Global Union]


Switzerland

Coca-Cola tells ITUC they support reform of FIFA 2015-07-19 [AFP]
Unions world-wide pressure Switzerland over Glencore 2015-07-08 [IndustriALL Global Union]
Unions target Switzerland over Glencore 2015-06-26 [IndustriALL Global Union]


Turkey

Unions raise alarm about food safety, slam inadequate gov’t efforts 2015-07-27 [Zamen]
ETUC and Youth Committee condemn Suruc bomb attack 2015-07-24 [ETUC]
ETUC and Youth Committee condemn Suruc bomb attack 2015-07-24 [ETUC]


Ukraine

Workers forced to continue turning up at Coking plant on the front line of seperatist battling 2015-07-28 [RFE/Radio Liberty]
ITUC urges Minister of Social Policy of Ukraine to request the ILO to provide its technical assessment of draft law No.2983 2015-07-24 [kvpu.org.ua]
ITUC called Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine to postpone any discussions about bill №2983 2015-07-24 [kvpu.org.ua]


UK

Police undercover inquiry needs to probe links with construction industry ‘blacklisting’, says Unite 2015-07-29 [Unite]
High Court blacklist disclosure order 2015-07-29 [GMB]
Pitchford: Another policing cover up? 2015-07-29 [Morning Star]


Vatican City

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]
Not to share wealth with the poor is to steal: Pope slams capitalism as new tyranny 2015-04-28 [rt.com]
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