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Labour news from Europe


Albania

After questionable court delays, Albanian National Union of Contact Centers (Solidarity) wins legal recognition 2019-07-26 [UNI Global Union]
After questionable court delays, Albanian National Union of Contact Centers (Solidarity) wins legal recognition 2019-07-25 [UNI]
In Albania, call centre workers are organising for better working conditions 2019-07-09 [Equal Times]


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

Croatian journalist Danijel Majić attacked by extreme right-wing TV presenter in Austria 2019-05-29 [EFJ]
Ibiza video scandal shows vital role of journalism 2019-05-20 [EFJ]
FPÖ politician threatens ORF journalist after critical interview 2019-04-30 [EFJ]


Azerbaijan

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]
State Academic Musical Theater workers awarded 2019-07-06 [MENAFN]


Belarus

Ahead of European games in Minsk, EFJ urges Belarusian authorities to respect press freedom 2019-06-15 [EFJ]
Guidelines for foreign journalists covering the upcoming European Games 2019-06-06 [IFJ]
Does Belarus’ mandatory work placement scheme exploit or benefit university students? 2019-05-01 [Equal Times]


Belgium

Freelancers in Belgium: wages remain precariously low 2019-08-09 [EFJ]
Blumenthal ship detained for nine days in Belgium port finally released 2019-08-06 [ITF]
Court of appeal decision threatens right to strike in Belgium 2019-07-13 [IndustriALL]


Bosnia


Bulgaria

Independence of public service media BNR threatened 2019-10-01 [EFJ]
Independence of public service media BNR threatened 2019-09-28 [IFJ]
Let the press report freely, say IFJ/EFJ ahead of Prosecutor’s appointment 2019-08-21 [EFJ]


Croatia

Teachers to Go on Nationwide Strike on Monday 2019-10-18 [Total News]
Unions Demand that Bourbon Rhode Search Continues 2019-10-15 [The Maritime Executive]
Journalist arrested and fined for satirical tweets 2019-09-19 [EFJ]


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

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

How a squabble over union membership led to major delays at Copenhagen Airport 2019-09-13 [The Local]
Burger King workers win their first collective agreement 2019-07-29 [IUF]
Pre-election childcare demand is not 'ultimate' 2019-06-30 [The Local]


Estonia

Rescue worker union holds protest, confronts ministers at Toompea 2019-09-20 [ERR]
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]


Faroe Islands


Finland

Health care and public services unions demand a targeted pay rise and a ten-year salary programme 2019-10-10 [Trade Union News from Finland]
Trade union confederations see the planned state budget as a step forward, but not big enough 2019-09-19 [Trade Union News from Finland]
Extended unpaid working hours yielded no positive impact in the workplace 2019-09-13 [Trade Union News from Finland]


France

New mobilizations of French unions against EDF privatization 2019-10-17 [IndustriALL]
The death of a principal raises the alarm over working conditions in schools 2019-10-04 [Education International]
Internship with the TUAC 2019-10-01 [TUAC]


Georgia

Coal miners end protest over unpaid wages 2019-09-28 [IndustriALL]
Journalists’ resignations at Rustavi 2 TV reveal alarming decline in media freedom 2019-09-13 [EFJ]
HRW: Georgia Must Take Urgent Measures to Ensure Worker Rights, Safety 2019-08-23 [Civil.ge]


Germany

Lufthansa Accused of Trying to Frighten Flight Attendants into Submission Over Strike Action 2019-10-18 [Paddle Your Own Kanoo]
Lufthansa cabin crew union calls for Sunday strike in Frankfurt, Munich 2019-10-15 [The Financial Post]
Lufthansa cabin crew to strike at Germany's busiest airports 2019-10-15 [The Local]


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

Greek strikes bring country to a standstill 2019-10-03 [Deutsche Welle]
Greeks stage nationwide strike over reform plans of new government 2019-10-02 [Canada.com]
Greeks stage nationwide strike over reform plans of new government 2019-10-02 [The Financial Post]


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

Former Union Organisers Speak Up About Internal Pressures, Firing Without Notice 2019-10-03 [The Grapevine]
Icelandic tax system – summary of the event 2019-09-29 [Efling]
The treatment of foreign people in the Icelandic labor market 2019-09-29 [Efling]


Ireland

Public Expenditure Minister raised concerns with Health Minister over invite to talks on hospital consultants’ pay 2019-10-17 [Ìrish Times]
Dublin council workers moved from certain areas due to threats from criminals 2019-10-17 [Irish Times]
‘Ever-expanding workload’ turning teachers off becoming principals 2019-10-17 [Irish Times]


Italy

4 Indian-origin Sikh men drown in sewage tank in Italy 2019-09-14 [India Today]
Journalists’ union calls on the profession to improve media coverage of femicides 2019-09-13 [EFJ]
ETUC: Italy Leaving Schengen, Means Isolating Itself From Europe 2019-07-09 [SVI]


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

Protesting North Macedonia cultural workers make breakthrough 2019-10-09 [al Jazeera]
New Collective Agreement is signed for forestry workers 2019-08-31 [BWI]
Towards living wages in North Macedonia 2019-03-21 [IndustriALL]


Malta

EFJ and international organisations demand an end to impunity two years after the assassination of Daphne Caruana Galizia 2019-10-16 [EFJ]
Are trade unions facing a crisis? 2019-10-15 [Today]
Vigil for Daphne Caruana Galizia: No justice two years on 2019-10-15 [EFJ]


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

The travel restriction law threatens media freedom 2019-10-15 [EFJ]
Ryanair crew get justice in the Netherlands 2019-10-04 [ITF]
Hudson’s Bay to close its Dutch stores on Dec. 31, union says 2019-09-20 [The Globe and Mail]


Norway

Union win at Foodora - Historic agreement for food delivery workers 2019-10-08 [ITF]
Victory for Foodora riders strike - collective agreement in place 2019-10-04 [svenssonstiftelsen.com]
Riders setup soup kitchen in Oslo in fight for decent work 2019-09-05 [ITF]


Poland

Poland’s ruling Law and Justice party aims to regulate journalists 2019-10-10 [EFJ]
ETUC condemns 'LGBT free zone' in Poland 2019-07-26 [ETUC]
Newspaper plans to circulate homophobic stickers 2019-07-24 [EFJ]


Portugal

Pressure Builds as Portuguese Fuel-Tanker Drivers Call Another Strike 2019-08-26 [South EU Summit]
Ryanair strike kicks off in Portugal, minimum service guaranteed 2019-08-21 [Canada.com]
Portugal strike: Tanker drivers defy threat of arrest 2019-08-15 [BBC]


Romania

Govt. to increase contingent of foreign workers this year 2019-07-23 [Insider]
Union says strike averted at ADM Constanta grain silos 2019-07-16 [Canada.com]
Workers at Electrolux factory march to Swedish embassy 2019-04-23 [Insider]


Russia

Journalist Svetlana Prokopyeva wrongly charged with justifying terrorism 2019-09-27 [EFJ]
Decent Work for Forestry Workers Campaign is launched 2019-09-20 [BWI]
Russia urged to provide an enabling environment for journalists covering the Moscow protests 2019-08-23 [EFJ]


San Marino


Serbia

Journalists physically and verbally attacked by football fans 2019-09-13 [EFJ]
‘Justice for Marija’ – Serbia’s first #MeToo scandal highlights the weaknesses of its democracy 2019-05-28 [Equal Times]
‘Justice for Marija’ – Serbia’s first #MeToo scandal highlights the weaknesses of its democracy 2019-05-23 [Equal Times]


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

Quality employment in focus of World Day for Decent Work 2019-10-07 [STA]
Fired Magna workers plan to sue company 2019-09-22 [STA]
Police and govt initial pay deal 2018-12-25 [STA]


Spain

Barcelona rocked by violence on fifth day of separatist protests 2019-10-19 [Reuters]
Catalonia protests: Marches and general strike paralyze Barcelona 2019-10-18 [BBC]
Catalonia: EFJ and IFJ demand an investigation into police violence against journalists 2019-10-16 [EFJ]


Sweden

Youth and gig economy workers key to growth say leaders at Swedish union congress 2019-10-08 [UNI Global Union]
BWI President Speaks at Almedalen about Migrant Workers Rights 2019-07-15 [BWI]
Women in Trades Meet to strategize on Gender Equality 2019-06-07 [BWI]


Switzerland

Les syndicats réclament de deux pour-Cent des Salaires Vue 2019-09-06 [Decotidien]
Migrant women bear a bigger brunt of inequality 2019-09-03 [My Republica]
Country Needs to Do Better on Gender Equality 2019-08-07 [IPD]


Turkey

ETUC condemns Turkish invasion threat and calls on EU to end migration deal 2019-10-08 [ETUC]
BWI Affiliates in Turkey Support the Youth-Led Global Climate Strike 2019-10-03 [BWI]
TARIM ORMAN-IS holds a panel on the environment 2019-09-24 [BWI]


Ukraine

NPGU welcomes the Government response on miners demands but continuing struggle against wage arrears 2019-10-18 [KVPU]
ITF joins unions demanding that search continue for Bourbon Rhode crew 2019-10-16 [ITF]
KVPU leader explained MPs threats of labor law liberalization 2019-10-10 [KVPU]


UK

Child slavery victims being lured back into exploitation due to lack of support amid surge in cases 2019-10-18 [Independent]
We will always fight for local services 2019-10-18 [Unison]
FBU responds to Baroness Lawrence’s racism allegations on Channel 4 News 2019-10-18 [FBU]


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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