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Labour news from the Middle East


Algeria

In Meeting with Algeria, EU Should Insist on Independent Trade Union Rights 2018-05-15 [ITUC]
No negotiations and no strike 2018-04-25 [The Monitor]
Global unions target Algerian government as ILO mission is cancelled 2018-04-19 [IndustriALL]


Bahrain

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]
GPIC, Labour Union officials hold meeting 2018-01-22 [BNA]


Egypt

Freelance journalist sentenced to ten years 2018-05-24 [IFJ]
Banks turn to companies with temporary workers to promote Aman certificate 2018-03-12 [menafn]
Government must stop intimidating journalists ahead of elections 2018-02-27 [IFJ]


Iran

Campaign to free jailed teacher unionists gathers pace 2018-05-25 [Education International]
Enraged Workers Block North-South Railway 2018-05-15 [Radio Farda]
Teachers arrested during Tehran protest 2018-05-12 [SZAC]


Iraq

Iraqi electricity workers win inclusion for 150,000 precarious workers 2018-05-18 [IndustriALL]
Iraqi electricity workers fight precarious work 2018-04-11 [IndustriALL]
In Kurdistan, 31,000 students return to school Saturday as strikes end: Halabja official 2018-04-05 [Rudaw]


Israel

Paramedical workers to strike from Sunday 2018-05-25 [Jerusalem Post]
Justice for peace: Alexander Lapshin’s relentless fight 2018-05-15 [IFJ]
Port Workers Return to Jobs After Strike, but Some Continue Labor Slowdown 2018-05-14 [Haaretz]


Jordan

UNRWA staff in Jordan strike following pay cuts 2018-05-22 [Middle East Monitor]
150 GAM workers awarded for Labour Day 2018-05-03 [The Times]
20% drop in labour protests not indicator of better work conditions in Kingdom — report 2018-04-01 [The Times]


Kuwait

After grisly murder, Kuwait and the Philippines face diplomatic crisis over domestic worker abuse 2018-05-04 [PRI]
Union reaches deal with ministry to co-op on recruitment of domestics 2018-04-01 [MENAFN]
Kuwait and Philippines strike domestic worker deal 2018-03-19 [thenational]


Lebanon

Abused Ethiopian domestic worker is “the poster girl for kafala” in Lebanon 2018-05-22 [Equal Times]
Freedom of speech under threat ahead of parliamentary elections in Lebanon 2018-03-26 [Equal Times]
Unions highlight importance of Quality Education for All via development cooperation 2018-03-19 [Education International]


Libya

Two journalists detained 2018-05-25 [IFJ]
Migrant death in Italy points to dire conditions in Libya: aid workers 2018-03-16 [Reuters]
Three oil workers died in hydrogen sulfide leak 2017-12-28 [Libya Observer]


Middle East

WPFD joint meeting finalises key documents to promote media freedom in the Arab World 2018-05-08 [IFJ]
Building union power in oil and gas in the MENA region 2018-04-06 [IndustriALL]
UNI MENA Mentoring Program: more women for union growth 2018-04-05 [UNI Global Union]


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

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]
HRW submission on discrimination against women workers in Oman 2017-10-13 [HRW]


Palestine

The right to live and learn in peace must not dim 2018-05-22 [Education International]
UNRWA workers suspend strike as negotiations continue 2018-05-22 [The Jordan Times]
Gaza killings must stop 2018-05-17 [ETUC]


Qatar

Workers face old problems despite reform promises 2018-05-10 [The Digital Journal]
MAY DAY 2018: Community Leaders Forum in Qatar 2018-05-04 [BWU]
BWI leads tripartite International Workers’ Memorial Day 2018-04-30 [BWI]


Saudi Arabia

Labor-recruitment expert Geslani confirms rampant ‘sale’ of domestics 2018-03-01 [The Mirror]
The everyday acts of resistance from migrant domestic workers in Saudi Arabia 2018-01-31 [Equal Times]
Women workers to get transport, baby care services: Al-Ghafis 2017-12-22 [Saudi Gazette]


Syria

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]
Ghouta, Syria: surviving under siege 2018-02-23 [equal times]


Tunisia

The growing power of Tunisia's labor union 2018-05-22 [al-Monitor]
FGTBB Tunisia elected Al Taieb Al Bahri as new General Secretary 2018-05-13 [BWI]
Solidarity Center’s Barkallah Receives Top Union Award 2018-05-09 [Solidarity Center]


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

Three media workers killed in two attacks 2018-04-20 [IFJ]
Yemen: DNO fails to respect Supreme Court ruling 2018-04-12 [IndustriALL]
IFJ call for action amid ongoing crisis 2018-04-04 [IFJ]
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