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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

Let the press report freely, say IFJ/EFJ ahead of Prosecutor’s appointment 2019-08-21 [EFJ]
Trade Unions: Grey Economy is 30% 2019-06-07 [Novinite]
Public transport workers win big in Bulgaria 2019-04-16 [ITF]


Croatia

As young Croatians head west, employers are looking to foreign and retired workers to tackle labour shortages 2019-07-24 [Equal Times]
As young Croatians head west, employers are looking to foreign and retired workers to tackle labour shortages 2019-07-24 [Equal Times]
Croatian unions have won backing for a pension reform referendum – now it’s time to put it to the people 2019-07-04 [Equal Times]


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

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]
IndustriALL mourns for 13 miners killed in Czech Republic 2018-12-21 [IndustriALL]


Denmark

Burger King workers win their first collective agreement 2019-07-29 [IUF]
Pre-election childcare demand is not 'ultimate' 2019-06-30 [The Local]
Norwegian’s long-haul-pilots join forces 2019-04-03 [Luftfart]


Estonia

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]
EFJ meets Estonian MEPs to discuss Baltic fact-finding mission 2018-05-16 [EFJ]


Faroe Islands


Finland

Riku Aalto: The fate of Finnish industry will not be solved by unpaid work 2019-08-14 [Trade Union News from Finland]
Akava and YTN open a Brussels office 2019-08-05 [Trade Union News from Finland]
Finland expels 139 Uzbek construction workers due to false education documents 2019-07-29 [Trade Union News from Finland]


France

Attacks are 'becoming the new normal' for French firefighters 2019-08-20 [The Local]
Environmental, labour groups call for Notre-Dame to be enclosed over lead concerns 2019-08-06 [CBC]
Key labour union, environmental groups want Notre-Dame site sealed over lead fears 2019-08-06 [France 24]


Georgia

HRW: Georgia Must Take Urgent Measures to Ensure Worker Rights, Safety 2019-08-23 [Civil.ge]
Worker Rights, Safety at Risk 2019-08-23 [Human Rights Watch]
Human Rights Watch: Worker Rights, Safety at Risk in Georgia 2019-08-23 [Georgia Today]


Germany

Lawyer’s attempts to influence reporting are increasing 2019-08-13 [EFJ]
'Youth and Workers Uniting Behind This Crisis': German Labor Union Urges 2 Million Members to Join Global Climate Strike 2019-08-07 [Common Dreams]
Thousands of YouTubers want to unionize, and they’ve got the support of Europe’s largest trade union 2019-08-07 [CNBC]


Gibraltar

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]
Controversy ahead of union demo today 2019-01-16 [The Chronicle]


Greece

New Democracy Wants E-Vote Before Workers Strike, Backs Firings 2019-08-12 [Natl Herald]
Newsroom vandalised by anarchist group in Athens; unions condemn attack 2019-07-12 [IFJ]
IFJ supports journalists in defence of their social rights 2019-06-25 [IFJ]


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

Union Declares “Cease Fire”, Strikes In Iceland Postponed 2019-04-03 [Reykjavik Grapevine]
Government and Unions Respond to WOW air Bankruptcy 2019-03-31 [The Review]
48-Hour Tour Bus Driver and Hotel Workers’ Strike Starts at Midnight 2019-03-28 [The Review]


Ireland

New parental leave regulations coming into effect in September 2019-08-17 [RTÉ]
SIPTU says school building failures must result in change in public procurement policy 2019-08-17 [SIPTU]
Court hears minimum pay order for eletricians could cost jobs 2019-08-17 [Irish Times]


Italy

ETUC: Italy Leaving Schengen, Means Isolating Itself From Europe 2019-07-09 [SVI]
No to walls, No to Italy outside Schengen, Yes to free movement of people 2019-07-08 [ETUC]
Saving Lives is not a Crime 2019-07-06 [PSI]


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

Towards living wages in North Macedonia 2019-03-21 [IndustriALL]
First agreement at “Jasen” Enterprise for managing and protection of multipurpose forest area 2018-12-18 [BWI]
Interview with Ivana Dimitrova and Blaguna Stojkoska of the Construction Workers’ Union in Macedonia (SGIP) 2018-09-21 [BWI]


Malta

Pilots give Air Malta ultimatum 2019-07-01 [The Times]
International organisations welcome crucial PACE resolution on the assassination of Daphne Caruana Galizia and rule of law in Malta 2019-06-28 [EFJ]
Open letter concerning PACE draft report on Daphne Caruana Galizia’s assassination 2019-05-29 [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

Sex workers give red light to leaving famed Amsterdam district 2019-07-31 [The Post]
Campaign launched in Amsterdam to recognize sex work as a legitimate job 2019-07-29 [The Times]
Boorish sex tourists are ruining Amsterdam. It’s time to ship them out 2019-07-05 [The Guardian]


Norway

No strike on the mobile rigs, members get solid payrise 2019-07-01 [Industri Energi]
General strike among Norwegian rigs workers canceled 2019-06-28 [Shipping Watch]
Oil and gas output at risk as strike looms 2019-06-27 [Seeking Alpha]


Poland

ETUC condemns 'LGBT free zone' in Poland 2019-07-26 [ETUC]
Newspaper plans to circulate homophobic stickers 2019-07-24 [EFJ]
Prime Day protests include a strike vote 2019-07-19 [UNI Global Union]


Portugal

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]
Costa threatens to quit over teachers’ pay dispute 2019-05-04 [Politico]


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

Russia urged to provide an enabling environment for journalists covering the Moscow protests 2019-08-23 [EFJ]
Communications regulator demands censorship on information about Moscow demonstrations 2019-08-15 [IFJ]
Communications regulator demands censorship on information about Moscow demonstrations 2019-08-13 [EFJ]


San Marino


Serbia

‘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]
EFJ/IFJ urge restrain from violence against journalists after call for protests at media houses 2019-04-05 [EFJ]


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

Police and govt initial pay deal 2018-12-25 [STA]
Employers urged to raise pay, engage in talks on new bargaining agreements 2018-12-06 [STA]
Govt and public sector unions sign wage increase deal 2018-12-04 [STA]


Spain

Burger King beard ban infringes workers' rights, says Catalonia 2019-08-01 [The Guardian]
Madrid court rules Deliveroo couriers are employees, not freelancers 2019-07-23 [Canada.com]
Ibiza hotel maids to go on strike leaving rooms unclean & beds unchanged 2019-07-17 [The Express]


Sweden

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]
Swedish unions help to strengthen their Latin American peers 2019-04-22 [IndustriALL]


Switzerland

Country Needs to Do Better on Gender Equality 2019-08-07 [IPD]
Women’s Strike in Shuts Down Switzerland 2019-06-28 [BWI]
Swiss women strike and burn bras in protest against sexism 2019-06-15 [Radio New Zealand]


Turkey

Reinstate Dismissed Turkish Municipal Workers in Bolu 2019-08-13 [PSI]
Turkish glassworkers on strike over long-standing union busting 2019-08-09 [IndustriALL]
Court imposes access block on news portals 2019-08-07 [EFJ]


Ukraine

Miners continuing protests against wage arrears 2019-08-12 [KVPU]
Traffic on road from Dnipro to Zaporizhzhia blocked due to miners protest in Donetsk reg 2019-08-08 [KVPU]
Radical nationalists stormed press conference at Ukrinform 2019-08-02 [EFJ]


UK

Royal Mail union to launch strike ballot over workers' rights 2019-08-23 [The Guardian]
Scotland Edinburgh fringe ‘must do more’ to tackle sexual harassment 2019-08-23 [Brinkwire]
Scotland Edinburgh Fringe Festival urged to tackle sexual harassment as female performers report groping and lewd comments 2019-08-23 [The Independent]


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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