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Labour news from the Middle East


Algeria

The secret history behind the Algeria-Germany World Cup duel - and trade union involvement 2014-07-13 [EuraAsia Review]
URGENT ACTION: Government of Algeria must recognize NOW workers' right to form independent trade unions 2014-06-03 [IUF]
Workers' rights trampled 2014-05-27 [Human Rights Watch]


Bahrain

Migrant Workers and Labor Unions in the Gulf: An Interview with Karim Radhi 2014-06-24 [Jaddaliya]
2,000 garment workers face deportation over strike action 2014-06-16 [Arabian Business]
Union rights lifeline for migrant workers in Bahrain 2014-06-15 [Gulf Daily News]


Egypt

Executive interference in drafting media laws is inadmissible: Press Syndicate 2014-07-13 [Daily News Egypt]
Maximum wage to be applied by end of July 2014-07-12 [Egypt Independent]
Bank Workers Embark On Strike 2014-07-11 [Ventures Africa]


Iran

Coal miners renew protests against privatization 2014-07-24 [Radio Zamaneh]
Take action to release Iranian trade union leader ActNOW! 2014-07-22 [IndustriALL Global Union]
Stop Reza Shahabi’s Persecution and His Inhumane Treatment ActNOW! 2014-07-21 [Iran Labor Report]


Iraq

Step Up Protection for Media Workers in Iraq, Demands IFJ 2014-07-17 [IFJ]
Nurses from India released from Iraqi captivity by Islamist militants 2014-07-05 [Radio Australia]
Migrant workers from Bangladesh in Iraq withdraw strike threat 2014-06-30 [Daily Star]


Israel

UN Ceasefire Call Must Be Respected ActNOW! 2014-07-22 [ITUC]
SodaStream Fires 60 Palestinians From West Bank Plant Over Ramadan Dispute 2014-07-22 [Forward]
SodaStream Sacks 60 West Bank Workers 2014-07-22 [Tablet]


Jordan

Workers at the Jordanian Electric Power Company (JEPCO) staged a sit-in on Sunday 2014-06-02 [Jordan Times]
Cities bank to pay municipal employees’ medical insurance fees 2014-04-17 [Jordan Times]
Workers from Syria dominate farm sector in Mafraq 2014-04-17 [Jordan Times]


Kuwait

Agreement appears close in long-running strike 2014-07-14 [Arabian Business]
Government worker strike enters 5th week, longest industrial dispute in Kuwaiti history 2014-07-03 [Middle East Eye]
Ptriking workers force public office shutdown as strike enters 4th week 2014-06-26 [Arabian Business]


Lebanon

Labor unions to escalate protests after Ramadan 2014-07-21 [The Daily Star]
Unions threaten to postpone start of school year 2014-07-09 [The Daily Star]
Civil servants to strike every Wednesday 2014-07-05 [The Daily Star]


Libya

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]
Support crumbles in east Libya for oil blockade leader 2014-02-01 [Defence Web]


Middle East

Midday work ban puts focus on Gulf labour rights 2014-06-24 [Gulf News]
Big three Gulf airlines brush aside obstacles in pursuit of dominance 2014-06-09 [Guardian]
Refugee Women Contend With Domestic Abuse, Sexual Exploitation 2014-02-17 [VOA]


Morocco

Total Call : determined to fight all forms of trade unionism 2014-07-09 [UMT]
PM to Relaunch Dialogue With Unions 2014-06-09 [Magharebia]
May Day delivers minimum wage hike 2014-05-04 [Magharebia]


Oman

Hypermarket worker protest in Oman ends after three days 2014-06-30 [Times of Oman]
Three day strike ends as Lulu Hypermarket agrees to key worker demands 2014-06-30 [Muscat Daily]
Lulu hypermarket protest ends after three days 2014-06-30 [The Times]


Palestine

Attacks Against Media in Gaza Must End Now, says IFJ ActNOW! 2014-07-23 [IFJ]
Building Bridges Radio - Under Siege: A Report from Gaza 2014-07-23 [WBAI Radio's Building Bridges: Your Community and Labor Report]
COSATU supports provincial march in solidarity with the people of Palestine ActNOW! 2014-07-23 [Cosatu]


Qatar

2022 FIFA World Cup slave labour deaths 2014-07-21 [The Saturday Paper]
World Cup host Qatar agrees to some foreign worker reforms 2014-07-21 [Gulf News]
Soccer's slave labour deaths 2014-07-20 [The Saturday Paper (Australia)]


Saudi Arabia

6 in 10 Saudi women find work hours inconvenient — survey 2014-07-21 [Arab News]
37,000 labor disputes settled 2014-07-21 [Arab News]
No to favoritism for working women 2014-07-17 [Saudi Gazette]


Tunisia

Student Union hunger strikers on 25th day protesting unfair denial of public sector job opportunities 2014-07-12 [Tunisia Live]
Internationally renowned personalities support UGTT nomination for Nobel Peace Prize 2014-07-11 [TAP]
Ramadan TV angers prison worker union leads to strike 2014-07-11 [Tunisia Live]


United Arab Emirates

16 Indian seamen stranded on Dubai ship 2014-06-24 [Gulf News]
Hiring Filipino maids in UAE just got tougher 2014-06-24 [Gulf News]
Workers at N.Y.U.’s Abu Dhabi Site Faced Harsh Conditions 2014-05-20 [The Times]


Yemen

Workers Unions Seeks more rights and involvement in the Constitution Drafting Committee 2014-07-14 [Yemen Post]
Workers Unions Seeks more rights and involvement in the Constitution Drafting Committee 2014-07-13 [The Post]
Union strike hits DNO hard 2014-06-26 [The Post]
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