Daily Archives: February 2, 2018

Ukraine | Editor flees Ukraine after receiving death threats

Scandalous news comes from Ukraine as usual. On January 31 Igor Guzhva, editor-in-chief of the Kiev-based news website Strana  fled to Austria after receiving death threats, and amid unprecedented pressure from the Ukrainian authorities, according to a statement from the editor. Strana was founded two years ago and quickly became prominent opposition media in Ukraine.

Italy | Amazon worker bracelets never in Italy?

February 2 – Industry Minister Carlo Calenda on Friday ruled out the prospect of worker bracelets being used in Italy after reports Amazon was planning to bring them in to keep tabs on warehouse staff and optimise their performance, sparking a huge furore. “I told them that the only bracelets we made in this country are the ones our jewellers produce,” Calenda said after meeting a delegation from the online retail giant. “I explained to them, and they understood, that a thing like this, which has been patented in Italy, will never happen”. Premier Paolo Gentiloni and European Parliament President Antonio Tajani are among those to have expressed concern about the worker-bracelet hypothesis. Amazon’s Italian workers are already up in arms about conditions and struck on Black Friday.

Finland | Political strike in Finland

Finland, a number of trade unions have joined to a political strike on Friday 2 February called in protest at the government’s new measures to sanction unemployed benefit claimants who fail to perform 18 hours of paid work over a three-month period, or enter job-related training. The government’s “active model” threatens unemployed people with cuts in benefits unless they can prove they are actively seeking work. The law took effect at the beginning of the year, and the government is now planning follow-on legislation. Unions representing workers in the transport, media and printing trades, communications staff and newspaper delivery employees, construction and public sectors have already announced they will join the strike.