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Albania

Albanian oil workers win unpaid wages after strike action 2018-01-04 [IndustriALL]
Oil workers stage protest for unpaid wages 2017-12-28 [Xinhua]
Oil Workers Rally for Unpaid Wages 2017-12-28 [Balkan Insight]


Andorra

Principality witnesses first strike since 1933 2018-03-16 [The Digital Journal]


Armenia

Unions gather for a regional meeting in Armenia 2017-10-05 [IndustriALL]
Unionists underpin role of education in teaching human rights and values 2017-04-08 [Education International ]
Defending Armenia’s Workers – Is Class Struggle on the Agenda? 2016-09-11 [hetq]


Austria

Men and Reconciliation of Work and Family: Supporting the Path to Gender Equal Distribution of Parental Leave and Working Time 2018-04-18 [Forba]
High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein - New Austria coalition marks 'dangerous development' 2017-12-22 [AFP]
One dead in Austrian gas hub blast 2017-12-15 [The Local]


Azerbaijan

Representatives of KazTransOil fly to Batumi to negotiate with workers on strike 2018-04-04 [MENAFN]
RFE/RL Takes Azerbaijani Case To ECHR 2017-09-19 [RFE]
IFJ/EFJ welcome release of Mehman Aliyev and Alexander Lapshin 2017-09-13 [IFJ]


Belarus

Belarus: Independent union leaders face long prison sentences 2018-05-16 [IndustriALL]
WPFD : Statement of solidarity with prosecuted Belarusian journalists 2018-05-02 [EFJ]
International union support for independent unions in Belarus 2018-04-20 [IUF]


Belgium

World Press Freedom Day May 3rd @ Bozar : Difference Day 2018-04-13 [EFJ]
Can a Brussels art project help refugees alleviate the burden of time? 2018-02-19 [Equal Times]
“Hands off our pensions”, say education unions 2018-02-12 [Education International]


Bosnia


Bulgaria

Bulgarian labor unions want an 18% increase in teacher wages from the autumn 2018-05-14 [www.novinite.com]
May 1 Labor Day in Bulgaria Socialists demand government’s resignation 2018-05-01 [Sofia Globe conservative daily in English]
Various events and concerts throughout the country on Labor Day 2018-05-01 [novinite.com]


Croatia

Croatia and the backlash against women’s rights 2018-05-23 [Equal Times]
Airline Pilots to Strike at Beginning of Tourist Season? 2018-05-03 [Total News]
Slovenia to Ban Croatian Workers for Another Two Years 2018-03-23 [Total News]


Cyprus

Strovolos binmen go on strike 2018-05-21 [Cyprus Mail]
Hospital staff suspend labour shortage strike 2018-04-25 [The Mail]
Larnaca bus strike over unpaid wages 2018-03-31 [The Mail]


Czech Republic

Trade Unions seek pay rises, cut in workinghours 2018-04-28 [Radio Praha]
Skoda union accepts 12% wage increase offer, averting strike 2018-04-07 [Automotive News]
Škoda workers set for 20 percent pay increase 2018-04-07 [Radio Praha]


Denmark

The sound of the voiceless: Danish art installation shines a light on the plight of refugee bottle collectors 2018-05-17 [Equal Times]
Public sector unions win nationwide labour agreement on May Day 2018-05-07 [PSU]
Trade secrets: the Danish union secured protection for journalists and whistleblowers 2018-04-18 [EFJ]


Estonia

EFJ meets Estonian MEPs to discuss Baltic fact-finding mission 2018-05-16 [EFJ]
HKScan, trade union reach agreement on wage terms 2018-04-13 [ERR News]
Union: HKScan must begin negotiations with strikers 2018-03-10 [ERR News]


Faroe Islands


Finland

JHL solidarity work on show at the World Village Festival 2018-05-25 [JHL]
Enterprises Federation on a crusade against the union unemployment funds 2018-05-22 [Trade Union News from Finland]
New laws on zero-hours contracts do little to help 2018-05-18 [Trade Union News from Finland]


France

Govt seeks end to rail strike with 35 bn-euro debt pledge 2018-05-25 [The Digital Journal]
Night Forest Trek, Garbage Coup Tell Tale of New Macron Foes 2018-05-25 [Bloomberg]
More flights hit in 'forgotten' air control strike 2018-05-24 [Connexion]


Georgia

Tbilisi Mayor: City Hall Cannot Increase Salaries of Metro Employees 2018-05-25 [Today]
Tbilisi court indefinitely bans metro strike ‘during working hours’ 2018-05-23 [OC Media]
Metro Workers Hold Protest Rally 2018-05-23 [Today]


Germany

Standing ovation for dismissed Deliveroo shop stewards as DGB Congress pledges solidarity and support for rights in the platform economy 2018-05-21 [IUF]
Far-right unionists gain popularity despite rising wages 2018-05-18 [Handelsblatt]
Construction workers seal inflation-busting wage deal 2018-05-12 [Reuters]


Gibraltar

Minute’s silence for Workers’ Memorial Day 2018-04-28 [The Chronicle]
GSD expresses concern at works on Europa Foreshore 2017-08-30 [Gibraltar Chronicle]
GHA walkout averted amid bitter political exchanges 2017-04-22 [The Chronicle]


Greece

Athens Braced for 24-Hour Metro Strike 2018-05-13 [The Reporter]
Civil servants' union seeks to undermine evaluation, calls general strike 2018-05-08 [Kathimerini]
Power workers' union aims to revoke bill to sell lignite plants 2018-05-03 [Kathimerini]


Hungary

Two media outlets forced to close following Orbán’s electoral win 2018-04-13 [EFJ]
Administrative and Labour Court: nationalization of council schools was unconstitutional 2018-01-24 [Budapest Beacon ]
European study finds Hungarian workers enjoy the best Xmas bonuses 2017-12-20 [BBJ]


Iceland

Hard Rock Café responds angrily to union having sided with staff over gender-specific dress-code 2018-05-15 [IM]
Women at Hard Rock Cafe told to ‘wear skirts, not trousers’ 2018-05-11 [EuroNews]
There Is Power In The Union: Iceland’s Labour Revolution 2018-03-17 [Grapevine]


Ireland

Bus Éireann expected to reject union pay claims 2018-05-24 [RTÉ]
Congress reiterates support for repealing the 8th Amendment 2018-05-24 [SIPTU]
Hospital protest over understaffing to go ahead 2018-05-24 [Midlands 103]


Italy

First-ever agreement between Amazon and unions halts inhumane work hours 2018-05-24 [UNI Global Union]
Sick leave double in private sector 2018-05-23 [ansa]
Telecom Italia’s 4,000 workers face temporary layoff 2018-05-18 [Telecom Lead]


Latvia

GPs to go on strike over pay issues 2017-06-13 [Xinhua]
Trade union slams government for plan to invite foreign doctors to work in Latvia 2017-05-30 [The Baltic Course]
Green wins keep Baltic populism in check – but for how long? 2017-01-18 [Equal Times]


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

Health sector workers to vote on strike 2017-06-08 [Delano]
Luxembourg appeals verdict in LuxLeaks scandal 2016-08-09 [EFJ]
Luxembourg pension fund bans Israel investment 2014-02-25 [i24news Israel]


Macedonia

EFJ delegation meets gov't 2018-05-18 [EFJ]
High time to protect Media Freedom 2017-12-28 [EFJ]
Strike blocks railway traffic in Macedonia - report 2017-12-12 [SeeNews]


Malta

Union of Teachers wants immediate action on school security 2018-05-15 [The Independent]
Country needs foreign workers, Joseph Muscat tells unions 2018-05-03 [Today]
Create a wage protection fund for workers not paid their wages, union boss suggests 2018-04-28 [The Times]


Moldova

Moldovan miners demand restoration of early retirement 2017-03-14 [IndustriALL]
Being twenty-something in Transnistria 2017-01-05 [Equal Times]
Moldova: a country being emptied of its inhabitants 2016-12-06 [Equal Times]


Monaco


Netherlands

Running for a child labour free world 2018-05-24 [BWI]
White collar workers union backs transition period for 30% ruling cut 2018-05-18 [Dutch News]
Two of three Schiphol baggage handlers agree to union terms, call off strikes 2018-05-18 [Dutch News]


Norway

Top oil drilling union agrees wage deal, smaller union undecided 2018-05-25 [Reuters]
77000 Public Workers in Norway May Go on Strike 2018-05-23 [TNP]
State workers poised to go out on strike 2018-05-23 [Views and News]


Poland

2 found dead in quake-hit Polish coal mine; 3 still missing 2018-05-07 [StarTribune]
Rescue workers find 1 miner dead; 3 still missing 2018-05-06 [The Times-Union]
Airline Strike Called Off After Court Injunction 2018-04-30 [Urdu Point]


Portugal

Port of Lisbon dock workers begin two-week overtime strike 2018-05-25 [The News]
Workshop: Robot Journalism – Should we be afraid? 2018-05-07 [EFJ]
Lidl workers strike 2018-04-30 [The News]


Romania

Health workers call off strike over wage cuts 2018-05-09 [The National Post]
Health workers stage 2-hour strike over wages 2018-05-07 [AP]
Thousands of Romanian health workers carried out a protest in Bucharest against wage cuts 2018-04-29 [Brinkwire]


Russia

Dissolution of independent trade union overruled by supreme court 2018-05-25 [IndustriALL]
Supreme Court stops decision to dissolve trade union 2018-05-25 [BWI]
EFJ calls for investigation into death of Russian journalist Maksim Borodin 2018-05-17 [EFJ]


San Marino


Serbia

Workers Strike over Arms Company Privatisation 2018-05-23 [Insight]
No discrimination against women in Serbia: Support Danka Simic 2018-04-11 [BWI]
CoE Commissioner for Human Rights concerned about safety of journalists in Serbia 2018-02-22 [EFJ]


Slovakia

Investigative reporter Pavla Holcova’s phone seized after eight-hour interrogation related to Jan Kuciak’s murder 2018-05-16 [EFJ]
Trade unionists at PSA Peugeot announce strike alert 2018-05-11 [The Spectator]
Car industry facing strike at Kia, unrest at Peugeot 2018-04-16 [BNE]


Slovenia

Strike called off at Štore Steel after the management threatened to lay off anyone who would participate 2018-05-25 [STA]
Trade union group calls for continuing pay talks 2018-03-17 [STA]
Teachers to suspend strike after PM's resignation 2018-03-16 [STA]


Spain

Amazon workers strike against abuse of temporary workforce and dependence on zero-hour contracts 2018-05-21 [UNI Global Union]
Pilots’ union breaks off talks with Ryanair 2018-05-12 [Irish Examiner]
Newsreaders wear black in protest against ‘political interference’ 2018-05-11 [The Guardian]


Sweden

PM ahead of the ILO Conference: It’s not arm wrestling 2018-05-22 [ips]
Swedish researchers examined whether a six-hour workday is the way forward; here’s what they f 2018-04-30 [Equal Times]
A leader in Swedish education is remembered for his lifetime’s work 2018-02-13 [Education International]


Switzerland

Unions demand LafargeHolcim keeps its word and respects workers’ lives 2018-05-15 [BWI]
International trade unionists stage Glencore demo 2018-05-03 [Info]
Thousands take to streets to mark May Day 2018-05-01 [SwissInfo.ch]


Turkey

French cosmetics brand dismisses union members in Turkey 2018-05-16 [IndustriALL]
Celebrating May Day in a State of Emergency 2018-05-10 [Jacobin]
177 workers killed in occupational accidents across Turkey in April 2018-05-09 [SCF]


Ukraine

Some locomotive depots continue sit-down strike, Ukrzaliznytsia denies damage 2018-05-23 [Interfax]
The work-to-rule action of railway workers is lasting for nine days 2018-05-22 [KVPU]
Ukraine: ArcelorMittal workers protest unsafe conditions and poor wages 2018-05-21 [IndustriALL]


UK

Charity’s excessive surveillance is harming care of the vulnerable, says UNISON 2018-05-25 [UNISON]
RMT demands action over timetable meltdown 2018-05-25 [RMT]
England TGI Fridays rocked by second day of strike action 2018-05-25 [Morning Star]


Vatican City

Vatican Convenes with 300 Union Leaders to Discuss Threats to the World of Work 2018-01-12 [ITUC]
Our world needs a new Cardinal Manning, TUC leader says 2017-11-27 [The Tablet]
Workers need a ‘modern-day Cardinal Manning’, union leader says at the Vatican 2017-11-26 [Catholic Herald]
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