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Labour news from the Middle East


Algeria

Algerian government escalates its war on independent unions 2018-06-25 [IUF]
Algeria: Threats soar against democratic unions after ILC 2018-06-20 [IndustriALL]
Global unions unite to support independent trade unions in Algeria 2018-06-07 [IndustriALL]


Bahrain

Trade union urges pension bill rethink 2018-07-29 [GDN]
Support for labour unions, citizens’ rights stressed 2018-03-20 [newsofbahrain]
ITUC Deplores the Lack of Progress on Reinstatement of Workers in Bahrain after Seven Years 2018-02-14 [ITUC]


Egypt

The Egyptian mothers battling to establish paternity – and rights – for their children 2018-09-21 [Equal Times]
Shawkan's release five years overdue 2018-09-11 [IFJ]
After 600 days in jail, IFJ Reiterates calls for the release of Mahmoud Hussein 2018-08-16 [IFJ]


Iran

General shutdown in Iran’s Kurdish areas 2018-09-17 [SZAC]
TUC lobby 2018-09-14 [SZAC]
Third anniversary of Shahrokh Zamani’s death 2018-09-13 [SZAC]


Iraq

Trade Unions Stand in Solidarity with Protestors’ Demands 2018-07-31 [ITUC]
Unions condemn violence against protestors 2018-07-28 [Industriall]
Iraqi unions condemn violence against protestors 2018-07-25 [IndustriALL]


Israel

Crane operator gets compensation for illegal dismissal 2018-09-21 [BWI]
‘Sick’ train drivers back at work after agreeing to labor talks 2018-09-18 [The Times]
Partial transit strike on first day of school 2018-09-02 [Ynet]


Jordan

Syrian women face heat, harassment while picking Jordan's crops 2018-08-10 [al-Monitor]
Stakeholders join forces for effective partnerships in garment sector 2018-08-05 [The Times]
Decent jobs and skills key to Jordan garment growth 2018-08-04 [Just Style]


Kuwait

New labor recruitment agreements with four Asian countries after Eid break 2018-08-03 [The Times]
Kuwait to pay 710 unpaid Indian workers of construction firm who quit after labour dispute 2018-08-01 [PTI]
Philippines to mandate a $10,000 insurance deposit for domestic workers in Kuwait 2018-07-23 [Al Arabiya]


Lebanon

Union chief calls for shutting down firms employing foreigners 2018-08-30 [Xinhua]
Building trade union solidarity for human rights and access to quality public services for syrian refugees in Lebanon 2018-06-06 [PSI]
Abused Ethiopian domestic worker is “the poster girl for kafala” in Lebanon 2018-05-22 [Equal Times]


Libya

Journalist Moussa Abdel Karim abducted and killed 2018-08-06 [IFJ]
Assailants abduct workers at oil facility in Libya 2018-07-15 [The Times-Union]
UN Sanctions Slave Traders 2018-06-11 [ITUC]


Middle East

The Perils of Housecleaning Abroad 2018-08-06 [The Times]
“The Gulf is no longer a dream land for Asian migrants” 2018-06-14 [Equal Times]
Declaration on Media Freedom in the Arab World discussed at League of Arab States meeting in Cairo 2018-06-04 [IFJ]


Morocco

ITF Inspectors help repatriate abandoned Ukrainian Seafarers 2018-04-19 [ITF]
Women in Morocco, Tunisia Highlight GBV at Work 2018-03-12 [Solidarity Center]
#TimeIsNow: International Women’s Day 2018 2018-03-07 [Solidarity Center]


Oman

Landmark paternity ruling for dads in Oman 2018-07-31 [timesofoman]
Gvt slams rights group report on maid conditions 2017-12-25 [Gulf News ]
Maid abuse: 'How my boss threatened me with acid in Oman' 2017-11-15 [BBC]


Palestine

UNRWA staff in Gaza to strike 2018-09-20 [The Monitor]
IFJ condemns the Israeli army’s attack against journalists on Tuesday, denounces the detention of Ali Dar Ali 2018-09-09 [IFJ]
Israeli forces arrest, detain Palestine TV reporter 2018-08-23 [IFJ]


Qatar

ITUC, BWI and ITF Welcome End of Exit Permits for 1.5 Million Migrant Workers 2018-09-08 [ITUC]
End All Migrant Worker Exit Visas - New Law Falls Short of Labor Reform Pledges 2018-09-06 [Human Rights Watch]
Law change hailed as milestone for migrant workers in World Cup run-up 2018-09-06 [The Guardian]


Saudi Arabia

Overworked, abused, hungry: Vietnamese domestic workers in Saudi 2018-09-19 [Al Jazeera]
“The Gulf is no longer a dream land for Asian migrants” 2018-06-14 [Equal Times]
Labor-recruitment expert Geslani confirms rampant ‘sale’ of domestics 2018-03-01 [The Mirror]


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

Tunisair wants government backing to lay off 1200 workers 2018-08-26 [The Daily Times]
Campaign forces Israel's Zim to halt shipments to Tunisia 2018-08-23 [Electronic Intifada]
Dockworkers force Israel-linked ship away from Tunisia 2018-08-14 [Electronic Intifada]


United Arab Emirates

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]
Journalists from Switzerland arrested and held for two days in UAE 2017-11-14 [The Local]


Yemen

IFJ demands the release of kidnapped journalist 2018-07-06 [IFJ]
IFJ condemns killing of journalist 2018-06-12 [IFJ]
Three media workers killed in two attacks 2018-04-20 [IFJ]
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