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Labour news from Europe


Albania

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]
The difficult birth of an independent labour movement in Albania ActNOW! 2020-01-17 [Global Labour Column]


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

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]
20th GBH Congress “Fair Work 4.0 – Better Life”. 2019-11-10 [BWI]


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

Authorities let a foreign company operate with no OSH certification 2019-11-18 [BITU]
«Women members were the most exposed to administration pressure» 2019-11-13 [belnp.org]
Ahead of European games in Minsk, EFJ urges Belarusian authorities to respect press freedom 2019-06-15 [EFJ]


Belgium

Invitation to the European Forum on self-regulation in the digital age 2019-12-18 [EFJ]
Silence Hate final conference – Changing words, change the world, 18 November, Brussels 2019-11-08 [EFJ]
Freelancers in Belgium: wages remain precariously low 2019-08-09 [EFJ]


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

Over 20,000 people rally for higher salaries for Croatian teachers 2019-11-26 [Xinhua]
47 trade unions support Croatia teachers strike 2019-11-24 [The Times]
Unions of Education-Sector Employees Walk Out of Negotiations 2019-10-29 [Total News]


Cyprus

Minister says bus workers salaries will be paid, avoiding strike 2020-01-03 [Cyprus Mail]
52% of part time workers in Cyprus want more work 2019-10-23 [In-Cyprus]
Contract workers protest outside palace 2019-05-16 [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

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


Finland

Trade Union Pro announces two-week work stoppage in several industries 2020-01-13 [Helsinki Times]
The long shadow of 2016 makes collective bargaining difficult 2020-01-10 [Trade Union News from Finland]
New prime minister backs four-day working week 2020-01-07 [The Independent]


France

In France’s longest protests since 1968, striking workers continue the fight against neoliberalism 2020-01-22 [MR]
France set for new national protest day with pension strikes to continue on Thursday 2020-01-16 [The Local]
Indefinite strike for direct employment at Ibis Batignolles Hotel in Paris 2020-01-15 [IUF]


Georgia

Irakli Petriashvili: Let us make joint conclusions after the dialogue with the state-minded business and make amendments to the Code 2019-12-01 [GTUC]
Georgian thermal power plant workers gain wage increase after strike 2019-11-14 [IndustriALL]
Coal miners end protest over unpaid wages 2019-09-28 [IndustriALL]


Germany

CICTAR Report Reveals Tax Trickery of German Health-multinational Fresenius 2020-01-23 [PSI]
Fresenius avoids taxes just like Amazon and Google 2020-01-23 [UNI]
Eurowings cancels over 150 flights amid strikes 2019-12-31 [TRT World]


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

Power utility's workers union calls off strikes due to bad weather 2019-11-26 [Kathimerini]
Greek workers protest reforms intended to boost investment 2019-10-25 [The Chronicle-Herald]
Protesting workers unload garbage outside ministry 2019-10-20 [Kathimerini]


Hungary

New report: Hungary dismantles media freedom and pluralism 2019-12-04 [EFJ]
EFJ to visit Hungary with press freedom coalition this week 2019-11-26 [EFJ]
Almost 78% of the media are pro-government 2019-05-09 [EFJ]


Iceland

Viðmið um tekjur og eignir leigutaka Bjargs hækka 2020-01-07 [BSRB]
200 journalists strike for fair wages for the first time in 40 years 2019-11-08 [EFJ]
Former Union Organisers Speak Up About Internal Pressures, Firing Without Notice 2019-10-03 [The Grapevine]


Ireland

Increasing pension age will leave thousands on financial 'cliff edge' - SIPTU 2020-01-23 [irishexaminer.com]
CE Supervisors ballot again for industrial action 2020-01-23 [Fórsa]
Teachers' Union 'expects a lot of schools to close' during strike action 2020-01-23 [The Journal]


Italy

From sardines to a new language of politics? An interview with Paul Ginsborg 2020-01-10 [Opendemocracy]
Maintenance worker dies at Italy's Sevel plant 2020-01-05 [95.7]
Journalist Mario de Michele survived gun attack 2019-11-22 [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

EFJ welcomes initiative aiming to strengthen self-regulation 2019-12-20 [EFJ]
Sex workers protest attacks, seek legal status 2019-12-18 [CITY]
Protesting North Macedonia cultural workers make breakthrough 2019-10-09 [al Jazeera]


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

Conflict at Etos hardens – NRC 2019-12-28 [OBN]
Flexible workers face more physical risks than permanent employees 2019-12-13 [The Times]
Over 4,000 schools close as teachers strike for a sustainable solution to funding crisis and staff shortages 2019-11-08 [Education International]


Norway

Utdanningsforbundet sets path for the next 4 years 2019-11-10 [EI]
Fellesforbundet holds its 8th Quadrennial Congress 2019-10-21 [BWI]
Union win at Foodora - Historic agreement for food delivery workers 2019-10-08 [ITF]


Poland

Castorama must stop union-busting ActNOW! 2019-12-03 [UNI Global Union]
Public radio found guilty of breaking the principle of equal treatment 2019-11-13 [EFJ]
Poland’s ruling Law and Justice party aims to regulate journalists 2019-10-10 [EFJ]


Portugal

Airport strike prompts cancellation of flights 2020-01-04 [Infosurhoy]
Airport strike prompts cancellation of flights to and from Portugal's capital 2019-12-30 [The Guardian]
Airport strike prompts cancellation of flights to and from Lisbon 2019-12-30 [WKZO]


Romania

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]
Union says strike averted at ADM Constanta grain silos 2019-07-16 [Canada.com]


Russia

To remember is to fight: the legacy of Russian activist lawyer Stanislav Markelov 2020-01-19 [Opendemocracy]
To save or to ignore: Governors’ role in wage arrears settlement 2019-12-26 [RAPSI]
Police Round Up Migrant Workers 2019-12-25 [HRW]


San Marino


Serbia

Indian migrant workers face exploitation working on Corridor 11 2019-12-19 [BWI]
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]


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

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

Far right seeks to ban educational content 2020-01-23 [Education International]
EFJ-IFJ stand for the defence of Madrid’s public broadcasting service 2020-01-13 [EFJ]
IFJ-EFJ stand in solidarity with Madrid’s public broadcaster workers 2020-01-11 [IFJ]


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

Why salaries in Switzerland need to rise 2019-11-15 [The Local]
Google’s attempt to shut down a unionization meeting just riled up its employees 2019-10-22 [Vox]
Les syndicats réclament de deux pour-Cent des Salaires Vue 2019-09-06 [Decotidien]


Turkey

Deadlock sets Turkish metalworkers en route to strike 2020-01-24 [IndustriAll]
Deadlock sets Turkish metalworkers en route to strike 2020-01-21 [IndustriALL]
Minimum wage: Bosses pleased, workers walked out 2020-01-13 [SoL]


Ukraine

Miners' protests yielded first results but union leaders won't stop hunger strike 2020-01-23 [KVPU]
Leaders of miners' trade unions started hunger strike in Lviv 2020-01-21 [KVPU]
Ukrainian unions oppose anti-worker labour law reform 2020-01-18 [IndustriAll]


UK

Royal Mail workers to reballot for strike action: 'We are in the fight of our lives' 2020-01-23 [Socialist Party]
Northern Ireland Crane Co factory closure: 63 jobs to be lost over next two years, union says 2020-01-23 [BBC]
Local government employers accused of creating 'unnecessary' pay delay 2020-01-23 [UNISON]


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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