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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

IFJ and EFJ reject the State Prosecutor’s 9 years imprisonment request against Azeri journalist Ismayilova 2015-08-22 [IFJ]
IFJ and EFJ mourn the killing of journalist Rasim Aliyev in Azerbaijan 2015-08-11 [IFJ]
Journalist Dies After Beating 2015-08-10 [RFE/Radio Liberty]


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

Solvay GFA: This is what global level labour relations look like 2015-07-30 [IndustriALL Global Union]
IDWF: Winner of the 'Organising International Solidarity' Silver Rose Award 2015-05-04 [SOLIDAR]
More strike action threatened 2015-04-23 [The Global Post]


Bosnia


Bulgaria

Tripartite cooperation council holds sitting 2015-08-26 [Focus]
Employers’ Associations, Trade Unions Protest Imminent Power Price Hikef 2015-07-31 [Novinite]
Bulgarian Employers’ Associations, Trade Unions Protest Imminent Power Price Hike 2015-07-30 [novinite.com]


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

Minister tries to iron out differences with port unions 2015-08-20 [The Shipping News]
Transport minister negotiates to avoid port worker strikes 2015-08-19 [Splash]
CyTA unions chew over government proposal 2015-08-12 [The Mail]


Czech Republic

Czech airline flight attendants to go on 3-day strike 2015-08-24 [AP]
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]


Denmark

After union campaign City of Copenhagen dumps Ryanair stock 2015-08-16 [The Local]
Danish Ryanair row inspires unions abroad 2015-08-03 [The Local]
Ryanair quits Copenhagen airport over row with unions 2015-07-15 [The Financial Times]


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

Tripartite cooperation should continue in spite of failed negotiations 2015-08-31 [JHL]
Activists demonstrate against new government cuts 2015-08-25 [UNI Global Union]
JHL dismay at fate of Espoo Catering 2015-08-25 [JHL]


France

Travelers stranded as striking French workers block Calais 2015-08-31 [The Times-Union]
Ferry services resume after Calais port blockade 2015-08-31 [Deutsche Welle]
Travelers stranded as striking French workers block Calais 2015-08-30 [AP]


Georgia

Seminar was held at the Trade Union Poti office for the employees 2015-08-24 [GTUC]
Ltd. “Rustavi Azoti” appeal of court decision did not succeed: The decision has been made in favour of Trade Union! 2015-08-16 [GTUC]
Reports on Human Rights Practices for 2014 2015-07-13 [GTUC]


Germany

Researchers support decent wages in education 2015-08-29 [Education International]
Minister calls for end to childcare strikes 2015-08-12 [The Local]
Unemployment hovers at historic low 2015-08-03 [The Local]


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

Country needs investment and respect of social rights 2015-08-31 [IndustriALL]
Workers stage counter-protest at disputed Greek gold mine 2015-08-25 [Reuters]
Unionists arrested for closing roads in northern Greece over temporary closure of gold mine 2015-08-25 [Associated Press]


Hungary

2303 Hungarians fired, only to be rehired as public workers paid substantially less than minimum wage 2015-08-24 [The Budapest Beacon]
HUNGARY’S BORDER FENCE TRAPS MIGRANTS IN LIMBO 2015-08-17 [Equal Times]
Socialists want single major wage increase in health care 2015-08-12 [Politcs.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

SIPTU workers back Dublin Fire Brigade strike 2015-08-28 [RTÉ]
The time for action is coming and unions are preparing 2015-08-28 [Irish Independent]
TUI to recommend acceptance of new Junior Cycle 2015-08-28 [RTÉ]


Italy

The Mafia's war on Italy's journalists 2015-08-25 [AJ]
Unskilled fruit pickers working for a pittance to supply tourists with wine – sometimes with fatal consequences 2015-08-24 [The Independent]
Farm worker abuse 'like the mafia' 2015-08-21 [The Local]


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

'No to slavery at work' - unions call protest action [PDF] 2015-08-24 [Lithuanian Trade Union Coordination Centre]
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]


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 2015-07-30 [Equal Times]
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]


Malta

ST workers hold second two-hour stoppage in a day 2015-08-29 [The Times]
ST workers to strike again this evening after two-hour stop this morning 2015-08-28 [The Independent]
Security guards engaged at Freeport Corporation to favour GWU, UHM says 2015-08-26 [The Times]


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

Laid-off oil industry expats denied unemployment benefits 2015-08-16 [News in English]
Legal action against Rowan Drilling for unlawful dismissals 2015-08-13 [Industri Energi]
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]


Poland

President Duda attends concert marking dawn of Solidarity ActNOW! 2015-08-31 [Radio Poland]
Global campaign launched to end sackings and union busting at Polish port ActNOW! 2015-08-28 [ITF]
Gdańsk gets ready for Solidarity anniversary 2015-08-28 [Radio Poland]


Portugal

Groundforce handlers strike at end of month 2015-08-22 [The News]
Baggage handlers on strike July 31 2015-07-24 [The Journal]
Strike against privatisation shuts Lisbon metro 2015-06-26 [Yahoo]


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

BWI visit to World Cup stadium construction site in Saint Petersburg 2015-08-28 [BWI]
Jobs and skills for youth: review of policies for youth employment of the Russian Federation 2015-08-24 [ILO]
Leadership workshop in Russia inspires women unionists 2015-07-29 [ITF Global Union]


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

State proposes anti-corruption courses for health workers 2015-08-26 [The Spectator]
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]


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

Airport workers call September strikes at key tourist destinations 2015-08-28 [The Daily Mail]
Cordoba construction union denounces Junta de Andalucia for working in extreme heat 2015-08-22 [Olive Press]
Train drivers call strikes for September 2015-08-15 [AZERTAG]


Sweden

'Recruit and organise' the theme of Swedish Painters’ Union Congress, held in Stockholm 2015-08-28 [BWI]
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]


Switzerland

Education unions awarded national Prize for bilingualism and multilingualism 2015-08-29 [Education International]
Unpaid UN intern quits Swiss job after uproar over Geneva tent home 2015-08-13 [ABC]
Amabssador told Italy angry about Swiss stance on Italian workers 2015-08-03 [The Local]


Turkey

A strong union for Turkish security guards 2015-08-25 [UNI Global Union]
Gov’t reveals deal with unions over pay raise for public servants 2015-08-25 [Hurriyet]
Gov’t announces deal with unions over pay raise for public workers 2015-08-24 [Zamen]


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

Union opposes cap on restaurant deductions from staff tips 2015-08-31 [The Guardian]
They won't be lovin' it: McDonalds admits 90% of its workers on zero hour contracts without gaurenteed hours or a stable income 2015-08-30 [The Independent]
TUC raises alarm over new gender pay gap analysis 2015-08-29 [TUC]


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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