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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

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

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]
47 trade unions support Croatia teachers strike 2019-11-24 [The Times]


Cyprus

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]
52% of part time workers in Cyprus want more work 2019-10-23 [In-Cyprus]


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

Supermarket strike averted as retail sector reaches wage settlement 2020-02-14 [yle]
Strike at sawmills and plywood mills highly probable 2020-02-12 [Lesprom]
Pay deals end disputes in chemical and paper industry and for white-collar employees in the technology industry 2020-02-11 [Trade Union News from Finland]


France

Ski workers latest to rally against Macron's reforms 2020-02-16 [Yahoo]
Wall Street Giant *BlackRock* Becomes a Symbol for Anticapitalist Fervor in France 2020-02-15 [NYTimes]
Workers at Intercontinental Marseille hotel face management backlash for challenging abusive working conditions 2020-02-14 [IUF]


Georgia

Justice for 56 illegally dismissed chemical workers in Georgia 2020-02-04 [IndustriALL]
Enforecement of Labor Rights in the Fields of Textile and Trade- Presentation of Study 2020-01-25 [GTUC]
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]


Germany

Thyssenkrupp workers will fight for jobs, sites in elevator deal 2020-02-05 [Canada.com]
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]


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

Strike For Reykjavík City Workers In Efling Labour Union Begins Today 2020-02-12 [Grapvine]
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]


Ireland

Strike action paused at Allied Bakeries for ballot after company makes improved offer 2020-02-16 [Unite the Union]
SIPTU members in Sue Ryder Foundation in Carlow to conduct work stoppage 2020-02-15 [SIPTU]
State-funded health agency and social services staff to strike 2020-02-15 [Irish Times]


Italy

UNI GS in Italy to learn about sectoral bargaining victories, key issues for country’s union movement 2020-02-12 [UNI Global Union]
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]


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

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]
Over 4,000 schools close as teachers strike 2020-01-30 [NL Times]


Norway

Saipem Ltd committing social dumping on the Norwegian shelf 2020-01-31 [Industri Energi]
Utdanningsforbundet sets path for the next 4 years 2019-11-10 [EI]
Fellesforbundet holds its 8th Quadrennial Congress 2019-10-21 [BWI]


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

Public sector workers strike, rally over small pay rise 2020-02-01 [Canada.com]
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]


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

OSH violations resulted in death of construction worker 2020-02-15 [BWI]
Trade unions are encouraged to participate in voting for the amendment to the Constitution 2020-01-30 [Law and Lawyer]
To remember is to fight: the legacy of Russian activist lawyer Stanislav Markelov 2020-01-19 [Opendemocracy]


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

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

Court rules workers can have pay deducted for smoking breaks 2020-02-12 [BBC]
Coronavirus confirmed in Majorca - Airport workers demand masks & gloves 2020-02-09 [The Express]
IFJ calls on Spanish government to support vital step to pluralism and independence 2020-02-07 [IFJ]


Sweden

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]
BWI President Speaks at Almedalen about Migrant Workers Rights 2019-07-15 [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

Mass firings in Turkey: 'We have been given a social death sentence' 2020-02-15 [Deutsche Welle]
Turkey must end public ad ban on independent newspapers 2020-02-12 [EFJ]
Fighting for the right to join a trade union 2020-02-10 [MorningStaar]


Ukraine

33 miners protest underground against non-payment of wages in Donetsk region 2020-02-04 [KVPU]
BWI leaders send strong support and solidarity to trade unions in Ukraine 2020-01-31 [BWI]
Journalists’ union rejects new draft law on disinformation 2020-01-25 [EFJ]


UK

The Crisis in Iranian Labour 2020-02-16 [https://www.academia.edu/41982633/The_Crisis_In_Iran_and_Iranian]
Carlaw can 'stand up for Scotland' by telling Johnson to build HS2 here - Cortes 2020-02-16 [TSSA]
President stresses UNISON’s myth-busting role 2020-02-16 [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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