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Labour news from the Middle East


Algeria

Labor in Algeria’s Revolt 2019-05-12 [Jacobin]
Rank-and-file revolt gears up inside Algeria’s UGTA 2019-05-01 [MENA Solidarity Network]
IndustriALL condemns brutal arrest of Algerian union leader 2019-04-25 [IndustriALL]


Bahrain

Refugee footballer Hakeem al-Araibi freed 2019-02-13 [ITUC]
Contracts stating rights of domestic workers mandatory from next month 2019-01-05 [GDN]
Education unionist Jalila al Salman given EI’s Mary Hatwood Futrell Award 2018-10-19 [Education International]


Egypt

Support the workers at Suez Cement 2019-05-14 [BWI]
Egypt’s Brutal Crackdown on Workers’ Rights 2019-04-03 [CounterPunch]
BWI General Secretary Mission to Strengthen Regional Leadership 2019-03-22 [BWI]


Iran

Most Haft Tappeh workers freed 2019-05-20 [SZAC]
Teachers still in jail! 2019-05-20 [SZAC]
Labour Activists Detained Since May Day 2019-05-15 [Human Rights Watch]


Iraq

Teacher union invests in facilities to improve education in Kurdistan 2019-04-10 [EI]
The region and education system of Kurdistan pass into oblivion 2019-03-13 [Education International]
7 journalists attacked by Kurdish security forces 2019-01-30 [IFJ]


Israel

4 construction workers die in crane collapse, bringing 2019 death toll to 20 2019-05-20 [Ynet]
Four Workers Killed as Crane Collapses at Construction Site in Yavneh 2019-05-20 [Hamodia]
Why Israel Isn't Doing More to Prevent Construction Workers' Deaths 2019-05-20 [Haaretz]


Jordan

Migrant worker leaders elected in Jordan garment factories 2019-04-04 [IndustriALL]
After fleeing conflict at home, African refugees battle racism in Jordan 2019-03-22 [Equal Times]
Jordan's trade unions to place Israeli flag in building entrances for all to step on 2019-01-05 [Hareetz]


Kuwait

Kuwait deports 17,000 illegal foreigners in 2018 2019-01-22 [gulfnews]
Labor unions slam early retirement bill: “undermines citizens’ rights” 2018-12-25 [The Times]
New labor recruitment agreements with four Asian countries after Eid break 2018-08-03 [The Times]


Lebanon

Central bank employees to call off stir after assurance for right pay 2019-05-07 [Devidiscourse]
Government Vows Concrete Actions Availing Foreign Domestic Workers 2019-04-27 [The 961]
PSI holds roundtable on refugees' access to public services 2019-02-22 [PSI]


Libya

NOC calls for safe return of head of oil union taken in east 2019-05-05 [Reuters]
14 Tunisian workers kidnapped in Libya 2019-02-17 [AFP]
Photographer killed during clashes between militia near Tripoli 2019-01-21 [IFJ]


Middle East

Seafarers unions express concern about “sabotage” attack and rising tensions in the Gulf 2019-05-20 [ITF]
Conflict and mass displacement increase child labour 2019-03-21 [ILO]
Union Leadership Training for women in the Middle East and North Africa 2019-03-21 [BWI]


Morocco

Global union delegation attends National Express AGM 2019-05-10 [ITF]
Multiple Unions, Thousands of Protesters March on Labor Day 2019-05-02 [MWN]
Government Announces General Wage Boost for Public Workers 2019-04-27 [Asharq al-Awsat]


Oman

400 complaints in a year - and most about salaries: Trade Union 2018-11-06 [The Times]
Empowerment of women through trade unions 2018-10-24 [The Times]
Landmark paternity ruling for dads in Oman 2018-07-31 [timesofoman]


Palestine

Israeli navy shoots Palestinian fisherman in Gaza 2019-05-19 [Palesinian Information Centre]
Australian and Canadian firms pull out of Israeli settler railway 2019-05-12 [Electronic Intifada]
PGFTU:Gaza's poverty level reaches 80% 2019-05-09 [Ma'an News]


Qatar

BWI Connect: Migrant Workers from Qatar joins unions in New Zealand 2019-02-27 [BWI]
BWI and SC publish second workers’ welfare progress report 2019-02-26 [BWI]
New Report Released on Qatar and UAE 2019-02-07 [BWI]


Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia announces new work rules for women 2019-01-21 [khaleejtimes]
IFJ Executive reinforces calls for international action to hold Saudi government accountable for Khashoggi murder 2018-11-22 [IFJ]
Outrage as Saudis Secretly Execute Indonesian Worker 2018-11-05 [Freedom United]


Syria

New video released of missing Japanese journalist 2018-08-02 [IFJ]
Syrian trade unions on US threats to strike Syria 2018-04-20 [MLToday]
UN Human Rights Council addresses abuse of children’s rights in Syria 2018-03-17 [EI]


Tunisia

Two thousand municipal cleaners demand safe working conditions and statutory recognition for their profession 2019-05-16 [PSI]
New Crisis With Fuel Transport Worker Strike 2019-05-02 [Bloomberg]
Grève générale régionale à Sidi Bouzid 2019-04-29 [Business News]


United Arab Emirates

Migrant workers win labor case against UAE catering company 2019-01-22 [menafn]
Sharjah firefighters put out blaze in labour accommodation 2018-03-12 [khaleejtimes]
ITF statement on UAE's new protection for seafarers 2018-01-20 [ITF Global Unions]


Yemen

IFJ demands release of tortured journalists 2019-05-01 [IFJ]
10 illegally held journalists face special terror court 2019-02-22 [IFJ]
Cameraman killed and journalist wounded in bomb attack 2019-01-31 [IFJ]
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