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Labour news from the Middle East


Algeria

President Bouteflika Receives Ferhat Hached Award of Human Dignity 2015-05-08 [Algerie Presse Service]
UGTA Can Contribute to Preserving, Promoting National Production Tool 2015-05-05 [Algerie Presse Service]
Social Security - Central Union, Employers' Organizations to Sign Agreement Shortly 2015-03-18 [allAfrica]


Bahrain

Workers urged to shun differences 2015-05-01 [Gulf Daily News]
May Day: Workers Stand Strong in Face of Threats 2015-05-01 [Solidarity Center]
Premier thanked by Alba Trade Union 2015-04-22 [BNA]


Egypt

Carved into stone: Suffering in Minya’s limestone quarries 2015-05-22 [Daily News Egypt]
Rights campaign presents Labour Law draft to Ministry of Manpower 2015-05-22 [Daily News Egypt]
Journalists’ call for action on 10 June determined ‘not to fail’ 2015-05-22 [DNE]


Iran

IWSN’s Solidarity Message to Turkish Metal Workers 2015-05-23 [uidder.org]
ITF and ITUC give guarded welcome to Iran releases ActNOW! 2015-05-22 [ITF Global Union]
Global unions ITUC and ITF give guarded welcome to Iran releases ActNOW! 2015-05-22 [ITUC]


Iraq

IFJ urges transparent investigation after journalist found dead in Iraq 2015-05-13 [IFJ]
Journalist Shot Dead In His Baghdad Home 2015-05-08 [RFE/Radio Liberty]
Cement Workers Stand up for Rights at Work 2015-05-05 [Solidarity Center]


Israel

Biggest accounting firm, Ernst & Young Israel, unionizing 2015-05-24 [Globes Israel]
Bibi gvt bus plan was an abuse of Palestinian workers 2015-05-23 [Al-Monitor]
Workers at the home for youth at risk in Tamra have unionized with Wac-Maan 2015-05-22 [WAC-MAAN]


Jordan

‘Guest labourers a minority among Amman sanitation workers’ 2015-05-22 [Jordan Times]
Youth unemployment rises amid post-Arab Spring chaos 2015-05-22 [Jordan Times]
Refugees from Syria struggle amid aid cuts, lack of labor rights 2015-05-20 [Associated Press]


Kuwait

Union leader from Kuwait chosen to lead Arab Labour Organisation 2015-04-22 [KUNA]
Union says 60 per cent of oil workers to receive bonus 2015-04-20 [Arab Times]
Women from Sierra Leone 'sold like slaves' into domestic work in Kuwait 2015-04-05 [Guardian]


Lebanon

Beirut public hospital staff end 2-week salary strike 2015-05-08 [Lebanon Daily Star]
Long march toward migrant worker rights 2015-05-07 [Middle East Eye]
May Day marchers denounce sectarianism 2015-05-05 [Lebanon Daily Star]


Libya

EU targets smuggles in Libya, but migrant policy gaps remain 2015-05-22 [Equal Times]
Official Govt of Libya Bans Bangladeshi Workers From Entry 2015-05-18 [Leadership]
Egyptian army rescued Ethiopian workers in Libya, says president 2015-05-08 [Ahram Online]


Middle East

Waged employment on the rise in the Middle East and North Africa but youth and women see further job losses 2015-05-21 [ILO]
Will Indonesia's Mideast maid ban backfire? 2015-05-08 [CNBC]
Persian Gulf System Prohibits Nepali Migrant Workers From Returning Home 2015-05-05 [NPR]


Morocco

Migrants in Morocco protest for jobs, improved living conditions 2015-05-05 [Middle East Eye]
SNCF: Moroccan Workers Demand Equal Rights with French Colleagues 2015-04-12 [Morocco World News]
Public sector workers strike to defend pensions and union rights 2015-04-10 [MENA]


Oman

Expatriate workers who abscond or overstay are being offered a lifeline 2015-05-08 [Times of Oman]
Majlis Al Shura united on call to end expat grip on top jobs in Oman 2015-05-05 [Times of Oman]
Over 14,000 illegal workers have registered with embassies to avail themselves of amnesty 2015-05-05 [Muscat Daily]


Palestine

Gaza economy on verge of collapse 2015-05-24 [World Bulletin]
Gaza Economy on the Verge of Collapse, Youth Unemployment Highest in the Region at 60 Percent 2015-05-24 [World Bank]
With Skype, Gaza’s tech workers reach beyond blockade 2015-05-21 [Times of Israel]


Qatar

IFJ calls on Qatari authorities to respect journalists´ right to report after the arrest of a BBC crew 2015-05-22 [IFJ]
Amnesty says Qatar is failing to implement migrant worker reforms 2015-05-22 [Amnesty International]
How many slave deaths for the Qatar World Cup can Fifa put up with? 2015-05-22 [Guardian]


Saudi Arabia

Mass expulsions of migrant workers 2015-05-10 [Human Rights Watch]
Two workers die after building under construction collapses in Saudi Arabia 2015-04-28 [DW]
At least 11 construction workers killed in Saudi building collapse 2015-04-28 [The National]


Syria

350,000 Syrian workers risking their lives to build luxury in Lebanon 2015-05-09 [AlJazeera]
Medics Plea for Help to Stop Assad Regime Bombs 2015-05-06 [ITUC]
May Day for Kobani 2015-05-01 [May Day for Kobani]


Tunisia

Deduction From Pay Decided After Each Future Strike of Public Employees 2015-05-22 [TAP]
Three-day public hospital strike in Tunis 2015-05-22 [MEMO]
Union concern that Tunisians face the end of quality public healthcare system 2015-05-20 [Tunisia Live]


United Arab Emirates

Labour Law vague on probationary employee giving one-month resignation notice 2015-05-08 [The National]
Worker told new visa locks her in until it expires 2015-05-08 [The National]
NYU set to compensate thousands of exploited workers on Abu Dhabi complex 2015-04-26 [Guardian]


Yemen

Fifth media worker dies in one week 2015-04-29 [NUJ]
IFJ mourns death of fifth media worker in one week in Yemen 2015-04-28 [IFJ]
IFJ mourns killing of four media workers in Yemen 2015-04-25 [IFJ]
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