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Labour news from the Middle East


Algeria

Report on human trafficking which may put Algeria on US blacklist rejected by foreign ministry 2016-07-09 [MEMO]
Algiers determined to fight human trafficking 2016-07-09 [ 3 July 2016 Algerie Presse Service (Algiers)]
Send negotiators, not police forces to deal with contract teachers 2016-06-29 [Education International]


Bahrain

Global condemnation of travel ban for Bahraini education union leader 2016-06-14 [Education International]
Building sectorial union work in Bahrain 2016-05-11 [IndustriALL]
Contacts to end workers' strike dismissed 2016-04-25 [Bna]


Egypt

Parliament ratifies Egypt’s Trade Union Federation bill following consistent delays 2016-07-23 [Daily News Egypt]
Defending researcher of Egyptian labour unions Italian lawmakers defy Egypt's Al-Sisi 2016-07-12 [The Africa Report]
135 doctors referred to investigations over past month for absence during work 2016-07-09 [DNE]


Iran

Exploitation of prisoners’ labour in Iranian jails 2016-07-23 [Radio Zamaneh]
Ahvaz Sugar workers’ protest ends 2016-07-22 [ILNA/SZAC]
Salary scandal takes down development fund bosses 2016-07-09 [AlArabiya]


Iraq

Mandatory holiday for all government workers announced as temperatures expected to soar above 50C 2016-07-23 [Guardian]
Laborers facing harsh conditions in holy city of Najaf 2016-07-23 [Al-Monitor]
Ancient workers were paid with BEER: 5,000-year-old clay tablet from one of the first cities could be the world's first 'payslip 2016-07-09 [Daily Mail]


Israel

OECD Adult Skills’ test shows the deep social gaps in Israel 2016-07-23 [WAC Ma'an]
Netanyahu's battle against public broadcasting 2016-07-21 [Al-Monitor]
Deal between Netanyahu and Histadrut leader spells major setback for new public broadcaster 2016-07-20 [Ha'aretz]


Jordan

Municipalities in hot areas reduce working hours for outdoor labourers 2016-06-18 [The Jordan Times]
Labour Ministry to release results of child labour survey 2016-06-01 [The Jordan Times]
Suicides blamed on joblessness could become phenomenon, observers warn 2016-05-13 [The Jordan Times]


Kuwait

First Gulf state to set minimum wage for domestic workers 2016-07-23 [Middle East Eye]
Kuwait sets minimum wage for domestic workers 2016-07-14 [Gulf Business]
Workers query unfair bonus disbursements – ‘Move to psychologically affect employees’ 2016-07-09 [Arab Times]


Lebanon

Hazards of construction workers, in the hands of God 2016-07-23 [Lebanon Daily Star]
EDL asks police to end workers' blockade 2016-07-23 [Lebanon Daily Star]
Refugees from Syria change the Lebanese labor scene 2016-07-09 [Al Arabiya]


Libya

Protesters shut down Al-Hariga oil port in eastern Libya over pay delays 2016-07-23 [Libya Observer]
Tripoli again suffering from power cuts; activists want general strike 2016-05-29 [The Herald]
Benghazi nurses executed says IS 2016-05-11 [Libya Herald]


Middle East

Trade unions in the Middle East 2016-06-18 [Eric Lee]
Escaping the Heat Into the Fire - Migration of Ethiopian Women Domestic Workers to Middle East Countries 2016-06-18 [Pambazuka News]
Arab Teachers’ Unions role in securing refugee children’s rights cannot be underestimated 2016-05-31 [Education International]


Morocco

Domestic Workers See Gains, yet Struggle for Decent Work 2016-06-16 [Solidarity Center]
General Strike in Morocco to Start Tuesday, May 31 2016-05-30 [Morocco World News]
Doctors in Morocco strike, demand medical supplies 2016-05-29 [MEMO]


Oman

HRW says domestic workers 'trapped' in Oman 2016-07-23 [Middle East Eye]
Domestic Workers Trafficked, Trapped 2016-07-13 [Human Rights Watch]
Budget carriers in stiff competition as migrant workers leave 'by the thousands' 2016-06-19 [al Bawaba]


Palestine

Shepherds in Gaza fired upon by Israeli forces 2016-07-23 [Ma'an News Agency]
Two Gazan fisherman detained on Wednesday released by Israeli forces 2016-07-23 [Ma'an News Agency]
$30 mln given by Qatar to pay Gaza public sector workers 2016-07-23 [Reuters]


Qatar

ITF welcomes dialogue opportunity over workers’ rights at Qatar Airways 2016-07-23 [ITF Global Union]
Despite promises of change stories of Qatar's abused workforce keep appearing 2016-07-13 [Middle East Online]
‘No voice’ protest during Qatar Airways sponsored festival 2016-06-30 [ITF Global Union]


Saudi Arabia

Labor ministry to appoint attachés abroad 2016-07-23 [Al-Arabiya]
President of the kingdom’s union of labour committees has argued Saudi workers deserve more than 5% pay rise 2016-07-23 [Gulf Business]
Fifty workers in Saudi Arabia have reportedly gone on strike over unpaid wages. 2016-07-17 [Construction Week]


Syria

Marie Colvin: Family of the US reporter sues Syrian regime 2016-07-13 [IFJ]
Helping Syrian refugees formalize their work status through cooperatives 2016-06-28 [ILO]
IFJ condemns murder of the third journalist killed this year 2016-06-28 [IFJ]


Tunisia

The much celebrated UGTT union movement is holding Tunisia back 2016-07-23 [Foreign Policy]
UGTT Draws Line in the Sand about Participation in Unity Government 2016-06-29 [North Africa Post]
Democratic Success Has Not Lifted Its Economic Malaise 2016-06-18 [Huffington Post]


United Arab Emirates

Low-income UAE workers must be given free accommodation – ruling 2016-07-23 [Gulf Business]
Workers Illegally Detained In UAE 2016-07-23 [Business Standard]
Labour recruitment malpractices to be stamped out 2016-05-13 [Construction Week]


Yemen

It's the economy, stupid! 2016-07-23 [IRIN]
Drained central bank stops cashing govt employee salaries 2016-07-09 [Al Arabiya]
6th journalist killed this year 2016-06-02 [IFJ]
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