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Labour news from the Middle East


Algeria

Police strikes show Algeria needs reform 2014-11-21 [The Daily Star]
Police strike - riot 2014-11-17 [Carnegie endowment]
IFJ Pays its Respects to Algerian Colleague Nadir Benseba 2014-08-11 [IFJ]


Bahrain

Elections a closed shop for migrant workers 2014-11-23 [Middle East Eye]
Union leader says election meaningless if elected politicans can't talk about labour issues 2014-11-23 [Middle East Eye]
Demanding freedom for Bahrain's teacher union leader 2014-10-17 [Stronger Unions]


Egypt

Labour movement remain thorn in the side of autocrats 2014-12-13 [Ahram Online]
UN to Expand Food Aid in Fight Against Child Labour 2014-11-30 [Thomson Reuters Foundatiom]
Scent of freedom. Al-Jazeera journalists might be home for Christmas 2014-11-30 [Al Ahram Weekly]


Iran

Iran: Over 200 Kooshk miners strike for a fifth day 2014-12-14 [uidder.org]
Tehran transit drivers protest over housing subsidy 2014-11-27 [Radio Zamaneh]
About 1100 construction and petrochemical workers protest outside Iranian regime’s ‘parliament’ 2014-11-26 [uidder.org]


Iraq

Workers take to streets over unpaid wages 2014-12-10 [IndustriALL Global Union]
Kurdish construction workers demand recognition 2014-12-10 [Workers Liberty]
4 million public servant face pay cut due to cost of war on IS and falling oil pirces 2014-12-03 [Al-Monitor]


Israel

Histadrut to PM: Stop Procrastinating About the Minimum Wage Issue 2014-12-16 [Arutz Sheva]
Israeli courts replacing lawyers with interns as judges’ assistants 2014-12-15 [Haaretz]
Raleb Majadla, former head of the Education and Sport department of the Histadrut, Replaces Ben Eliezer in Knesset 2014-12-14 [Arutz Sheva]


Jordan

ITF comment on Aqaba port conflict 2014-12-11 [ITF Global Union]
Renewed commitments made to educate refugee students 2014-12-11 [Education International]
Arab education unionists address the challenges facing quality education 2014-12-10 [Education International]


Kuwait

Administrative deportation slammed by rights activists - 'Expats should be given right to appeal' 2014-12-13 [Zawya]
Ban on Indian workers looms as spat escalates – Meeting to resolve maid guarantee dispute fails 2014-12-13 [Kuwait Times]
'Labor Ministry Deports Complaining Migrants,” resigned labor unionist says 2014-11-17 [Migrant Rights]


Lebanon

Workers union vows return to protests over stalled wage hike 2014-12-13 [Lebanon Daily Star]
The secret deal that finally ended the EDL strike 2014-12-06 [The Daily Star]
Sidon looks to limit negative impact of Syrian workers 2014-12-03 [Lebanon Daily Star]


Libya

ITF applauds peace accolade for Libyan port workers’ leader 2014-11-15 [ITF Global Union]
UNI MENA meets Libyan UGTL in Tunis - strengthening the ties 2014-03-04 [UNI Global Union]
IFJ Gravely Concerned for Safety & Freedom of Media in Libya 2014-02-18 [IFJ]


Middle East

Gulf countries to improve domestic workers’ condition 2014-12-06 [eKantipur]
GCC agrees on draft bill to improve domestic workers' rights 2014-11-27 [Middle East Eye]
Labor Strikes in the GCC: Deportations and Victories in 2014 2014-11-23 [Jadalliya]


Morocco

Unions reject retirement age increase 2014-11-15 [Magharebia]
Unions Reject Retirement Age Increase 2014-11-13 [allAfrica]
Workers Wage One-Day General Strike 2014-11-01 [Solidarity Center]


Oman

Over 250 workers at Construction firm demand unpaid wages 2014-11-23 [Muscat Daily]
900 HED workers unpaid 2014-09-25 [Labour Watch]
Hundeds of workers found violating Oman labour law 2014-08-05 [Muscat Daily]


Palestine

Gaza fisherman injured by Egyptian gunfire: Union 2014-12-14 [Middle East Monitor]
Financial crisis forces Gaza universities to cut professors pay 2014-12-14 [Al-Monitor]
Gaza civil servants stage general strike 2014-12-12 [World Bulletin]


Qatar

2022 Qatar World Cup all about money: Construction firms accused 2014-12-09 [BBC]
Carillion investigates Qatar subbie worker claims 2014-12-09 [Construction News]
The tragic plan for a monument to Qatar’s dead World Cup workers 2014-12-09 [Washington Post]


Saudi Arabia

Angry Saudi football clubs pinpoint Gulf labor market contradictions 2014-12-13 [Hurriyet Daily News]
Pact on hiring Indian domestic workers 2014-12-10 [The Hindu]
Factory run by female workers in Saudi Arabia breaks stereotypes 2014-11-17 [Al Arabiya]


Tunisia

UGTT-Utica Debate Focuses On Easing Labour Code 2014-12-13 [TAP]
Angry construction workers meet House Speaker 2014-12-13 [TAP]
IndustriALL Executive Committee in Tunis - show of support for democratic developments in which unions played key part 2014-12-08 [IndustriALL Global Union]


United Arab Emirates

Baldoz in UAE to address domestic workers issues 2014-12-12 [Rappler]
UN investigating slavish treatment of migrant workers 2014-12-01 [RT]
United Nations Investigating Treatment of Migrant Workers in United Arab Emirates Amid Reports of 'Modern Day Slavery' in Abu Dhabi 2014-12-01 [Latin Post]


Yemen

The IFJ and its US affiliates mourn the killing of US photographer in Yemen 2014-12-08 [FJ]
Construction workers face reality of lack of rights 2014-12-05 [Yemen Times]
Southern Labor Union strikes 2014-11-27 [The Times]
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