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Labour news from Europe


Albania

Utility Workers Go on Strike after 27 Months without Wages 2020-02-14 [Exit news]
AlbChrome Company breakes again the labour code 2020-01-23 [United Miners of Bulqiza]
Latest updates from the union ActNOW! 2020-01-22 [United Miners of Bulqiza Trade Union]


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

Care Workers to Strike for 35-Hours Workweek 2020-02-12 [UNI]
Way clear (for now) for Austria's glyphosate ban to take effect on January 1 2019-12-04 [IUF]
New solutions for old problems: International organisations to scrutinize press freedom in Austria 2019-11-28 [EFJ]


Azerbaijan

Afgan Mukhtarli released, but still 102 journalists in prison in Europe 2020-03-21 [EFJ]
Supreme Court denies Khadija Ismayilova’s request for early end of her probation 2019-08-15 [EFJ]
Cinema workers awarded in Baku 2019-08-06 [MENAFN]


Belarus

Work contract not renewed over union activity 2020-04-04 [IndustriALL]
Belarus: work contract not renewed over union activity 2020-04-01 [industriall-union.org]
Belarus: work contract not renewed over union activity 2020-04-01 [IndustriALL]


Belgium

Workers strike at Belgian supermarkets amid coronavirus crisis 2020-04-04 [Politico]
Workers deal with COVID19 lockdown 2020-03-19 [BWI]
IFJ Brussel's headquarters closed for at least 3 weeks 2020-03-15 [IFJ]


Bosnia


Bulgaria

Union calls on govt to take drastic measures to protect workers from COVID-19 2020-04-04 [BWI]
Masked men assaulted journalist Slavi Angelov 2020-03-21 [EFJ]
Independence of public service media BNR threatened 2019-10-01 [EFJ]


Croatia

Why are journalists not covered in Goverment’s emergency measures? 2020-03-25 [IFJ]
Gender equality is lagging behind in the Croatian audiovisual sector 2020-02-11 [EFJ]
Over 20,000 people rally for higher salaries for Croatian teachers 2019-11-26 [Xinhua]


Cyprus

SEK charges Covid-19 as an excuse to lay off 2020-03-25 [CyprusMail]
Cyprus workers getting smaller share of GDP than decade ago 2020-02-10 [FM]
Minister says bus workers salaries will be paid, avoiding strike 2020-01-03 [Cyprus Mail]


Czech Republic

Media freedom under pressure 2019-10-17 [EFJ]
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]


Denmark

Confronting sexual harassment at work 2020-03-05 [Nordic Labour Journal]
Less part-time work to secure more 'warm hands' 2020-02-16 [Nordic Labour Journal]
How a squabble over union membership led to major delays at Copenhagen Airport 2019-09-13 [The Local]


Estonia

Rail workers' trade union, Elron conclude collective agreement for 2020 2019-12-31 [ERR]
Government threatens journalists with criminal proceedings 2019-12-20 [IFJ]
More Estonian construction workers returning from Finland 2019-11-14 [ERR]


Faroe Islands

Record low unemployment 2020-02-27 [Nordic Labour Journal]


Finland

New collective agreement for the state sector 2020-04-06 [Trade Union News from Finland]
Employment crisis follows closely on the heels of coronavirus crisis 2020-04-02 [Trade Union News from Finland]
Labour market organisations propose to provisionally make the temporarily lay-offs more flexible and unemployment security stronger 2020-03-20 [Trade Union News from Finland]


France

Bouygues Telecom to put 20% of staff on partial unemployment 2020-03-30 [The Financial Post]
France's Renault puts Paris white collar staff on partial unemployment 2020-03-30 [CNA]
France warns Amazon over 'unacceptable' pressure on workers 2020-03-20 [Economic Times]


Georgia

Coal of Georgia Head Comments on Miners' Strike in Tkibuli 2020-02-24 [Georgia Today]
Miners, Demanding Better Working Conditions, Strike in Tkibuli 2020-02-24 [Georgia Today]
Media Watchdogs Address over ‘Alarming’ Process 2020-02-20 [CG]


Germany

Borrello on the impact of COVID-19 in Germany 2020-03-31 [PFA]
Union calls for gender perspective to be included in digital education 2020-03-15 [EI]
IG BAU starts national negotiations 2020-02-29 [BWI]


Gibraltar

First leaders’ debate highlights policy distinctions 2019-10-02 [The Chronicle]
Budget 2019 represents significant progress for workers in Gibraltar, says Unite the union 2019-06-11 [GBC]
Unite issues manifesto to challenge insecure work 2019-02-05 [The Chronicle]


Greece

Hospital workers plan rally on Wednesday to protest gag order 2020-02-25 [Kathimerini]
Falling between the cracks: asylum and irregularity in Greece 2020-02-21 [Opendemocracy]
Transport Strike Snarls Athens Traffic 2020-02-20 [NH]


Hungary

EFJ urges again the EU to condemn limits on freedom of information 2020-04-03 [EFJ]
COVID-19: journalists threatened with imprisonment in Hungary 2020-03-24 [EFJ]
State media journalists received instructions for reports on migration, EU politics and Greta Thunberg 2020-03-09 [EFJ]


Iceland

Fastsplaining: This Is How Iceland Handles The Coronavirus 2020-03-15 [The Grapevine]
The country paying people to go into quarantine 2020-03-11 [Yahoo]
Efling Union Invites City Back to Negotiation Table 2020-02-25 [Review]


Ireland

Coronavirus: Plans to move 600 consultants into public system hit obstacle 2020-04-06 [Irish Times]
Unions again urge change in wage subsidy scheme 2020-04-06 [Irish Times]
State use of private hospitals during pandemic will 'negatively impact' private patients, say consultants 2020-04-06 [irishexaminer.com]


Italy

Union urges pay deal for lower-league players 2020-04-06 [The Score]
Unions inform migrant construction workers of gov't benefits vs. COVID-19 2020-04-04 [BWI]
Covid-19: labour movement struggles to institute social distance between capital's needs and people's health in Italy 2020-03-27 [Global Labour University]


Latvia

Medical personnel hope for funding increase despite prime minister’s criticisms 2019-07-08 [BNN]
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]


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

Online media Vidi Vaka endorsed the European Charter on journalists’ working conditions 2020-02-11 [EFJ]
North Macedonia Professors Cry Foul Over ‘Fake’ Unions 2020-02-04 [Insight]
EFJ welcomes initiative aiming to strengthen self-regulation 2019-12-20 [EFJ]


Malta

EFJ calls on EU leaders to demand the resignation of Maltese Prime Minister 2019-12-13 [EFJ]
ETUC call on EU leaders to push for justice for murdered Maltese journalist 2019-12-13 [ETUC]
Urgent bid to European leaders to push for justice for killed Maltese journalist 2019-12-12 [IFJ]


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

Driverless trains are coming, but what about the workers? 2020-03-13 [Equal Times]
Patients at risk as healthcare intern supervision falls short: union 2020-02-06 [The Times]
Strike action demands government funding of education and teachers 2020-01-31 [IE]


Norway

Work related questions and answers relating to Covid-19 2020-03-24 [Industri Energi]
Norway’s Workers Insisted They Shouldn’t Pay for Coronavirus — And They Won 2020-03-20 [Jacobin]
Corona situation and membership in Industri Energi upon layoff 2020-03-19 [Industri Energi]


Poland

Educators pledge to never let the horrors of the Holocaust happen again 2020-01-31 [EI]
President marks 40th anniversary of Polish trade union Solidarity 2020-01-30 [The First News]
Holocaust remembrance: Education unions come together for Auschwitz memorial ceremony and Holocaust education conference 2020-01-29 [Education International]


Portugal

AGEPOR: SEAL strike is 'inconceivable' in full 'dramatic situation facing the country» 2020-03-19 [Revista Cargo]
Public sector workers strike, rally over small pay rise 2020-02-01 [Canada.com]
Airport strike prompts cancellation of flights 2020-01-04 [Infosurhoy]


Romania

COVID-19: restrictions on access to information in Romania 2020-03-30 [EFJ]
German expert exchanges collective bargaining strategies with Romanian journalists 2019-11-28 [EFJ]
Govt. to increase contingent of foreign workers this year 2019-07-23 [Insider]


Russia

Moscow goes into lockdown, unions brace for COVID-19 impact 2020-04-04 [BWI]
Coronavirus could crash Russia’s already overstretched healthcare system 2020-03-27 [Opendemocracy]
OSH violations resulted in death of construction worker 2020-02-15 [BWI]


San Marino


Serbia

Government must guarantee free flow of information 2020-04-04 [IFJ]
Union president fired in Serbia 2020-03-19 [IndustriALL]
Indian migrant workers face exploitation working on Corridor 11 2019-12-19 [BWI]


Slovakia

Journalists’ and press freedom organisations welcome start of trial in Kuciak murder 2020-01-25 [EFJ]
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]


Slovenia

Postal workers end strike 2019-11-14 [STA]
Union Claims Up To 70% of Postal Workers Joined Strike 2019-11-12 [Total News]
Quality employment in focus of World Day for Decent Work 2019-10-07 [STA]


Spain

Sex workers ‘out on their own’ as the €24.5 billion industry shuts down amid pandemic 2020-04-06 [Euronews]
Union victory on COVID-19 protection for workers 2020-04-04 [BWI]
Coronavirus lockdown destroys jobs at record pace in 'paralyzed' Spain 2020-04-03 [The Financial Post]


Sweden

Union gains 5,000 new members during COVID-19 crisis 2020-03-27 [UNI]
Management and workers return to the bargaining table, but disagreements remain 2020-02-12 [Edmonds]
Youth and gig economy workers key to growth say leaders at Swedish union congress 2019-10-08 [UNI Global Union]


Switzerland

Nestle staff to get full salary for three months as COVID-19 halts work 2020-03-31 [CNA]
Geneva and Vaud stop work at construction sites 2020-03-19 [BWI]
Why salaries in Switzerland need to rise 2019-11-15 [The Local]


Turkey

Workers strike as bosses keep them at work despite COVID-19 2020-04-05 [wsws.org]
Unions Request Urgent Measures Against Pandemic 2020-04-04 [DISK]
Societies Pushed Into the Tunnel of Horror Become Blind 2020-04-01 [uidder.org]


Ukraine

Worker Rights Experts Field COVID-19 Queries in Ukraine 2020-04-01 [Solidarity Center]
NPGU Newsletter: Tackling COVID-19 and ensuring labor rights 2020-03-31 [kvpu.org.ua]
COVID-19: Ukrainian journalist attacked while investigating sale of protective masks 2020-03-30 [EFJ]


UK

TfL must make buses safer for drivers urges Unite following five deaths 2020-04-06 [Morning Star]
Working remotely for trade unions 2020-04-06 [TUC]
Coronavirus lockdown to hit low-paid, young and women hardest, warns IFS 2020-04-06 [The Guardian]


Vatican City

Vatican, ITF and employers join forces to fight for global justice 2019-06-18 [ITF]
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]
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