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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

SDHP May 1 Statement 2020-05-02 [MasisPost]
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 ]


Austria

Chemical workers unite for fair deal 2020-06-03 [IndustriALL]
Bauer Media criticized over handling of job losses 2020-05-07 [IFJ]
Care Workers to Strike for 35-Hours Workweek 2020-02-12 [UNI]


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

14 journalists attacked and arrested during peaceful protests 2020-06-27 [IFJ]
At least 14 journalists attacked and arrested during peaceful protests 2020-06-26 [EFJ]
Union busting at Sunstar Engineering in Thailand 2020-05-28 [IndustriALL]


Belgium

Hospital staff turn their backs on Prime Minister in silent protest 2020-05-20 [Upworthy]
Social partners in construction sector conclude agreement during pandemic 2020-04-22 [BWI]
Construction unions decry employers’ disregard of COVID-19 measures 2020-04-15 [BWI]


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

Over 905 pending lawsuits against journalists and media outlets 2020-05-08 [EFJ]
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]


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

Ryanair: Reinstate sacked union leaders at Prague base! ActNOW! 2020-06-27 [ETF]
Media freedom under pressure 2019-10-17 [EFJ]
Hyundai and Kia unions call for a global framework agreement 2019-04-15 [IndustriALL]


Denmark

McDonald’s Workers in Denmark Pity Us 2020-05-09 [The Times]
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]


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

STTK: Useless to long for a watering down of Finnish labour market and collective agreement model 2020-06-12 [Trade Union News from Finland]
Local government deal struck, finally 2020-05-29 [Trade Union News from Finland]
Two candidates for Akava President 2020-05-15 [Trade Union News from Finland]


France

French government, unions tell Airbus, Air France to minimize job cuts 2020-07-01 [Reuters]
'Revolting' - French workers at Nokia-owned plant protest layoffs 2020-07-01 [Reuters]
Global agreement with Renault must entail negotiation of restructuring 2020-06-07 [IndustriALL]


Georgia

Labour Reform Introduced in Parliament 2020-06-18 [Human Rights Watch]
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]


Germany

New Declaration says civic education is key to strengthening democracy 2020-07-01 [Education International]
Amazon warehouse workers in Germany will strike Monday because of coronavirus infections 2020-07-01 [The Verge]
Amazon workers in Germany to go on strike over coronavirus infections 2020-06-29 [Reuters]


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

TV and radio campaign spot in support of journalists 2020-04-22 [IFJ]
ETUC urges EU action to stop coronavirus disaster in Greece 2020-04-17 [ETUC]
Hospital workers plan rally on Wednesday to protest gag order 2020-02-25 [Kathimerini]


Hungary

Independent website faces growing pressure 2020-06-27 [IFJ]
Independent website faces growing pressure 2020-06-26 [EFJ]
Is totalitarianism on the rise in the East? 2020-05-26 [Opendemocracy]


Iceland

Icelandair Considers The Possibility Of Negotiating A New Trade Union For Flight Attendants 2020-05-22 [Reykjavík Grapevine ]
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]


Ireland

Teacher unions to raise social distancing concerns at Covid-19 committee 2020-07-02 [RTÉ]
No 'one size fits all' solution for schools and Covid-19, says teacher's union 2020-07-02 [Irish Examiner]
Call for collective approach to aviation challenges 2020-07-02 [Fórsa]


Italy

Italy, it’s time to confront your own rampant racism 2020-06-17 [Opendemocracy]
Major step forward in push to scrap prison sentences for criminal defamation in Italy 2020-06-11 [EFJ]
Pivotal moment for Italy to abolish prison sentences for criminal defamation 2020-06-08 [EFJ]


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

Union secures Covid-19 aid package for media workers 2020-06-17 [EFJ]
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]


Malta

UPE says English Language School teachers have the right to join a union 2020-06-29 [Newsbook]
Making workplace disability quotas work 2020-05-24 [Equal Times]
EFJ calls on EU leaders to demand the resignation of Maltese Prime Minister 2019-12-13 [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

Tata Steel workers strike at IJmuiden plant 2020-06-29 [Yahoo]
Tata Steel employees to resume strike actions 2020-06-27 [NASDAQ]
Tata Steel braced for fresh strikes at Dutch plant 2020-06-15 [The Financial Times]


Norway

Government presents Coronavirus aid package for media 2020-05-19 [EFJ]
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]


Poland

Polish coal mines continue maintenance works amid pandemic 2020-06-24 [Reuters]
Polish city helps migrant workers left jobless, homeless and stranded by employer during crisis 2020-06-14 [NFP]
Union fighting to reduce challenges posed by COVID-19 crisis 2020-04-19 [EI]


Portugal

Union demands further support for media sector 2020-05-23 [IFJ]
Players union slams 'opportunist' furloughs 2020-04-08 [Canada.com]
AGEPOR: SEAL strike is 'inconceivable' in full 'dramatic situation facing the country» 2020-03-19 [Revista Cargo]


Romania

Distance learning to be used until the end of the 2019-2020 school year 2020-05-03 [EI]
New threats to the media sector 2020-04-11 [EFJ]
COVID-19: restrictions on access to information in Romania 2020-03-30 [EFJ]


Russia

Health Workers Face Retaliation for Speaking Out 2020-06-15 [Human Rights Watch]
Moscow couriers strike: “no limit to the indignation” 2020-06-09 [People and Nature]
Russian capitalism and coronavirus. Article by Oleg Shein MP, Vice-President of the Confederation of Labour of Russia 2020-05-28 [KTR]


San Marino


Serbia

Union holds 5th Congress, reaffirms union power 2020-06-19 [BWI]
Government must guarantee free flow of information 2020-04-04 [IFJ]
Union president fired in Serbia 2020-03-19 [IndustriALL]


Slovakia

Aktuality journalist received bullet in mailbox, two years after Jan Kuciak’s murder 2020-06-26 [EFJ]
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]


Slovenia

EFJ condemns discrediting of journalists by Slovenian PM 2020-05-19 [EFJ]
Postal workers end strike 2019-11-14 [STA]
Union Claims Up To 70% of Postal Workers Joined Strike 2019-11-12 [Total News]


Spain

Jornadas formativas sobre sindicalismo en tiempos de pandemia 2020-06-09 [CGT]
Threat of strike by SEPE workers in the middle of the de-escalation of the ERTE 2020-06-03 [Explica]
”We will not be robbed of our future”, say Spanish Alcoa workers 2020-06-03 [IndustriALL]


Sweden

Swedish young workers want to tip balance in favour of labour 2020-06-24 [BWI]
Young workers want to tip balance in favour of labour 2020-06-22 [BWI]
Swedish union at loggerheads with employers on CBA, strike looms 2020-06-10 [BWI]


Switzerland

Minimum wage debate returns 2020-06-18 [SwissInfo]
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]


Turkey

Unions warn of general strike over severance pay 2020-06-29 [BWI]
Severance pay in Turkey: What does the government propose? Why do unions object? 2020-06-29 [Bianet]
Unions warn of general strike over severance pay 2020-06-27 [BWI]


Ukraine

After confrontations with police miners continuing protest in Kyiv 2020-07-01 [kvpu.org.ua]
Global Day of Action with Trade Unions in Ukraine 2020-06-30 [BWI]
Trade unions protesting against anti-labor draft laws and wage arrears in Kyiv 2020-06-30 [KVPU]


UK

Huge job losses on struggling high streets - retail urgently needs Government recovery plan 2020-07-02 [USDAW]
TUC Congress 2020 will take place virtually during 14 - 15 September 2020-07-02 [TUC]
Coronavirus: Maintained Nursery School Funding 2020-07-02 [NEU]


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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