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Labour news from Europe


Albania

Albanian unions and employers want collective agreement 2019-04-02 [IndustriALL]
Contact centre workers launch the first new Albanian labour union in more than 80 years 2019-02-19 [UNI Global Union]
Government must retract proposed laws on online media 2019-01-21 [IFJ]


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

Ibiza video scandal shows vital role of journalism 2019-05-20 [EFJ]
FPÖ politician threatens ORF journalist after critical interview 2019-04-30 [EFJ]
Win for young workers 2019-02-22 [ITF]


Azerbaijan

Unions in Moldova and Azerbaijan sign a cooperation agreement 2019-05-14 [ILO ACTRAV]
Country violated the rights of investigative journalist Khadija Ismayilova 2019-01-12 [EFJ]
Representatives of KazTransOil fly to Batumi to negotiate with workers on strike 2018-04-04 [MENAFN]


Belarus

Does Belarus’ mandatory work placement scheme exploit or benefit university students? 2019-05-01 [Equal Times]
Independent trade union elects new chair 2019-04-24 [belnp.org]
Does Belarus’ mandatory work placement scheme exploit or benefit university students? 2019-04-15 [Equal Times]


Belgium

Study shows woman journalists are leaving the job 2019-05-10 [EFJ]
Union members in Belgium take action to stop workplace deaths 2019-04-30 [BWI]
Workers demand better protection from EU-wide rules 2019-04-27 [The Financial Post]


Bosnia


Bulgaria

Public transport workers win big in Bulgaria 2019-04-16 [ITF]
Bulgarian textile workers demand EU-wide minimum wage 2019-02-13 [Euronews]
IFJ backs call to scrap law 2019-02-01 [IFJ]


Croatia

Trade Unions have enough support for referendum on retirement age 2019-05-16 [BWI]
Trade Unions and Employers Clash over Retirement Age Referendum 2019-05-01 [Total News]
Uljanik Workers Say Situation Alarming 2019-04-20 [Total News]


Cyprus

Contract workers protest outside palace 2019-05-16 [The Mail]
‘Going north no excuse for police inactivity’ 2019-05-05 [The Mail]
Government defends laws on rights of domestic workers, union says ‘no willingness’ to enforce 2019-05-03 [The Mail]


Czech Republic

Hyundai and Kia unions call for a global framework agreement 2019-04-15 [IndustriALL]
Mine explosion kills at least 1, leaves 10 missing 2018-12-21 [97.3]
IndustriALL mourns for 13 miners killed in Czech Republic 2018-12-21 [IndustriALL]


Denmark

Norwegian’s long-haul-pilots join forces 2019-04-03 [Luftfart]
Union argues four months paternity leave as the only way towards equality 2019-03-08 [The Post]
Trade union movement gathers the troops 2019-02-11 [Nordic Labour Journal]


Estonia

Trade union dispute with state-owned ferry company may end up in court 2018-10-27 [ERR]
Grappling With Wage Pressures 2018-05-27 [The Financial Tribune]
EFJ meets Estonian MEPs to discuss Baltic fact-finding mission 2018-05-16 [EFJ]


Faroe Islands


Finland

Union ask Police to investigate 20 companies that tried to break industrial action by means of emergency work 2019-04-30 [Trade Union News from Finland]
Majority of new MPs are union members 2019-04-25 [Trade Union News from Finland]
Disproportionate defamation case against journalist 2019-04-22 [EFJ]


France

First time in history: France 's nine biggest unions join together for million worker strike 2019-05-13 [Telesur English]
Unions protest weaknesses in human rights due diligence plan of Teleperformance, one of France’s biggest global employers, at Annual General Meeting in Paris 2019-05-09 [UNI Global Union]
Telecom giant Orange on trial over staff suicides 2019-05-07 [Canada.com]


Georgia

Towards ratification of ILO Conventions in Georgia 2019-05-14 [ILO ACTRAV]
CIS rail unions unite in Georgia 2019-04-16 [ITF]
Energy workers in Georgia campaign for respect and decent salaries 2019-04-10 [IndustriALL]


Germany

Seafarers condemn working conditions on board Blumenthal ships 2019-05-20 [ITF]
Youth Wing of 2nd Largest German Trade Union Rejects BDS, Anti-Zionist Group 2019-05-15 [Algemeiner]
Labour union youth organization rejects BDS 2019-05-14 [Jerusalem Post]


Gibraltar

Unite issues manifesto to challenge insecure work 2019-02-05 [The Chronicle]
Controversy ahead of union demo today 2019-01-16 [The Chronicle]
Unite’s wish list for 2019 2018-12-29 [The Chronicle]


Greece

Hospital staff to strike on Thursday 2019-05-16 [Kathimerini]
ITUC and ETUC deeply concerned at violence against Greek trade union centre 2019-04-18 [ITUC]
International unions deeply concerned at violence by Stalinists against Greek trade union 2019-04-16 [ETUC]


Hungary

Almost 78% of the media are pro-government 2019-05-09 [EFJ]
Workers won in Audi Hungary: “We hope that our strike has send the message to other employees to unite” 2019-04-15 [Left East]
VDSz historic Hungarian Hankook strike settled with major gains 2019-03-25 [IndustriALL]


Iceland

Union Declares “Cease Fire”, Strikes In Iceland Postponed 2019-04-03 [Reykjavik Grapevine]
Government and Unions Respond to WOW air Bankruptcy 2019-03-31 [The Review]
48-Hour Tour Bus Driver and Hotel Workers’ Strike Starts at Midnight 2019-03-28 [The Review]


Ireland

Creches struggling to retain staff amid shortage of places 2019-05-20 [Irish Examiner]
Protesters urge trade union movement to tackle sexual harassment 2019-05-18 [The County Press]
Hospital support staff vote in favour of strike action 2019-05-17 [RTÉ]


Italy

Dockworkers refuse to load Saudi cargo ship in anti-war protest 2019-05-20 [Yahoo News]
20,000 Workers participate in General Strike in Italy 2019-04-03 [BWI]
Workers demonstrate outside Aviano. They say a strike is possible 2019-03-31 [The Stars and Stripes]


Latvia

Teachers fail to secure more money for wages; promise to protest 2019-03-06 [BNN]
Builders Union celebrate achievements at their Congress 2018-05-29 [BWU]
GPs to go on strike over pay issues 2017-06-13 [Xinhua]


Liechtenstein


Lithuania

Joint letter to Lithuanian PM: demand to guarantee the full independence of LRT 2019-01-11 [EFJ]
EFJ urges Parliament to guarantee LRT independence 2019-01-05 [EFJ]
New legislation threatens independence of public service media 2018-10-23 [UNI Global Union]


Luxembourg

Health sector workers to vote on strike 2017-06-08 [Delano]
Luxembourg appeals verdict in LuxLeaks scandal 2016-08-09 [EFJ]


Macedonia

Towards living wages in North Macedonia 2019-03-21 [IndustriALL]
First agreement at “Jasen” Enterprise for managing and protection of multipurpose forest area 2018-12-18 [BWI]
Interview with Ivana Dimitrova and Blaguna Stojkoska of the Construction Workers’ Union in Macedonia (SGIP) 2018-09-21 [BWI]


Malta

Foreign workers paid as little as €1 an hour – UĦM chief 2019-04-27 [The Times]
European Labour Authority 2019-03-28 [Voice of the Workers]
Social workers lose telework option 2019-03-23 [The Times]


Moldova

The Republic of Moldova endorses the Safe Schools Declaration 2019-04-23 [Education International]
Moldovan miners demand restoration of early retirement 2017-03-14 [IndustriALL]
Being twenty-something in Transnistria 2017-01-05 [Equal Times]


Monaco

A new trade union for trade employees created 2019-03-07 [The Tribune]


Netherlands

BWI youth activists lead the Amsterdam May Day march 2019-05-03 [BWI]
Union workers to extend strike at Shell's Pernis refinery: spokesman 2019-04-17 [Euronews]
Strikes impact Shell's Pernis oil refinery but extent unclear 2019-04-16 [Reuters]


Norway

Increased purchasing power and a special increase for low-wage earners 2019-04-02 [LO]
Request for Mutual Assistance for Norsk Flygerforbund 2019-04-01 [IFALPA]
Oslo: Nordic conference puts children at the centre of early childhood education 2019-03-28 [Education International]


Poland

“I Didn’t Sit Eight and a Half Years in Jail to Build Capitalism” 2019-05-20 [Jacobin]
Amazon holds talks with workers seeking higher pay 2019-05-12 [Punch]
Teachers Strike Sweeps Poland 2019-04-24 [Labor Notes]


Portugal

Costa threatens to quit over teachers’ pay dispute 2019-05-04 [Politico]
UGT garante que não aceita “mexidas na Lei da Greve” 2019-05-02 [Observador]
Fuel truck bosses, union agree to complete negotiations by year's end 2019-04-20 [The News]


Romania

Workers at Electrolux factory march to Swedish embassy 2019-04-23 [Insider]
Workers at Electrolux factory in Romania reject management’s second proposal to end strike 2019-04-19 [Insider]
Strike at Electrolux plant in Romania gets international exposure 2019-04-11 [Insider]


Russia

Elena Milashina: 'Sometimes I get threats and we just have to deal with it' 2019-05-08 [IFJ]
15 detained at May Day rally in St Petersburg 2019-05-01 [WBTW]
Russia: trade unions prepare for wage dispute at Volkswagen 2019-04-26 [IndustriALL]


San Marino


Serbia

EFJ/IFJ urge restrain from violence against journalists after call for protests at media houses 2019-04-05 [EFJ]
IFJ/EFJ condemns targeted campaign against N1 television 2019-03-28 [IFJ]
Public TV building stormed by anti-government protesters 2019-03-19 [IFJ]


Slovakia

First Collective Bargaining Agreement signed at IKEA Boards factory 2019-04-22 [BWI]
IFJ and EFJ support journalists’ call for action in Ján Kuciak murder investigation 2019-04-16 [IFJ]
U.S. Steel workers declare strike alert over pay rise 2019-04-11 [The Spectator]


Slovenia

Police and govt initial pay deal 2018-12-25 [STA]
Employers urged to raise pay, engage in talks on new bargaining agreements 2018-12-06 [STA]
Govt and public sector unions sign wage increase deal 2018-12-04 [STA]


Spain

Ruling PSOE says it will outlaw prostitution if it wins this month’s general election 2019-04-19 [Euro Weekly]
How strikes in Spain could ruin your Easter travel plans 2019-04-09 [The Local]
Airports face indefinite strike from April 20 2019-04-06 [The Express]


Sweden

Swedish unions help to strengthen their Latin American peers 2019-04-22 [IndustriALL]
Schysst stall (Fair stable) - working against sexual harassment in the horse sector in Sweden 2019-03-20 [IUF]
port strikes called off after CBA deal 2019-03-07 [Port Strategy]


Switzerland

New report shows overworked and underpaid teachers 2019-05-14 [Education International]
New report shows overworked and underpaid teachers 2019-05-09 [Education International]
May Day 2019 in Geneva (video and photos) 2019-05-02 [PSI]


Turkey

International organisations condemn recent attacks against journalists 2019-05-20 [EFJ]
Report details permanent violations of media freedom 2019-05-16 [IFJ]
Journalist critical of the government severely beaten-up 2019-05-16 [IFJ]


Ukraine

Fighting for a thousand euros in Ukraine’s metal industry 2019-05-17 [Open Democracy]
Global union pledges support to Ukrainian rail union campaign 2019-05-16 [ITF]
IFJ condemns violent attack on journalist Vadym Komarov 2019-05-07 [IFJ]


UK

Unions in strike threat over BA pay 2019-05-20 [The Times]
England Sellafield cleaners, canteen and security staff strike again 2019-05-20 [BBC]
Health unions' letter to politicians over pay dispute 2019-05-20 [BBC]


Vatican City

ITF president takes fight for justice and equity to the Vatican 2019-03-05 [ITF]
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]
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