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Labour news from the Middle East


Algeria

Police strikes show Algeria needs reform 2014-11-21 [The Daily Star]
Police strike - riot 2014-11-17 [Carnegie endowment]
IFJ Pays its Respects to Algerian Colleague Nadir Benseba 2014-08-11 [IFJ]


Bahrain

Elections a closed shop for migrant workers 2014-11-23 [Middle East Eye]
Union leader says election meaningless if elected politicans can't talk about labour issues 2014-11-23 [Middle East Eye]
Demanding freedom for Bahrain's teacher union leader 2014-10-17 [Stronger Unions]


Egypt

Egyptian ironworkers suspend all production 2014-11-25 [Egypt Independent]
Workers strike at Helwan steel company 2014-11-24 [Daily News Egypt]
Iron workers stop all production making massive demands on bosses 2014-11-24 [Egypt Independent]


Iran

About 1100 construction and petrochemical workers protest outside Iranian regime’s ‘parliament’ 2014-11-26 [uidder.org]
Thousands rally against legislative attack on workers’ rights 2014-11-23 [Radio Zamaneh]
Gilana Tile Factory Workers Long Haul Strike 2014-11-23 [Iran Labor Report]


Iraq

Workers Rally over Months of Unpaid Wages 2014-11-18 [Solidarity Center]
Oil Workers Push for More Jobs, Better Pay 2014-11-08 [Solidarity Center]
Brave struggle of Iraqi energy unions inspires the movement 2014-10-31 [IndustriALL Global Union]


Israel

ITF backs calls for independent investigation into Arab bus driver’s death 2014-11-25 [The Post]
Finance Minister, unions to start minimum wage talks as national strike looms 2014-11-24 [Reuters]
Unions to start minimum wage talks as national strike looms 2014-11-24 [Reuters]


Jordan

Engineers syndicate, employment fund sign agreement 2014-11-23 [Jordan Times]
Union Leader, Arrested for Union Action, Back at Work 2014-11-18 [Solidarity Center]
Back to work at Jordan’s Aqaba Container Teminal – but the wounds need healing 2014-10-27 [The LoadStar]


Kuwait

'Labor Ministry Deports Complaining Migrants,” resigned labor unionist says 2014-11-17 [Migrant Rights]
Fifty years later, things get tense: union slams Saudi 'unilateral' halt to joint output 2014-10-20 [albawaba]
Oil union slams Saudi halt to joint output 2014-10-19 [The Straits Times]


Lebanon

Migrant domestic workers find comfort in drama 2014-11-11 [Al-Monitor]
EDL workers to stage new strike 2014-10-30 [The Daily Star]
Parliament to convene as protests rage over wage hike 2014-10-01 [Zawya]


Libya

ITF applauds peace accolade for Libyan port workers’ leader 2014-11-15 [ITF Global Union]
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]


Middle East

Labor Strikes in the GCC: Deportations and Victories in 2014 2014-11-23 [Jadalliya]
Study Asserts That Controversial Gulf Labor Regime Reduces Global Inequality 2014-11-11 [Huffington Post]
Midday work ban puts focus on Gulf labour rights 2014-06-24 [Gulf News]


Morocco

Unions reject retirement age increase 2014-11-15 [Magharebia]
Unions Reject Retirement Age Increase 2014-11-13 [allAfrica]
Workers Wage One-Day General Strike 2014-11-01 [Solidarity Center]


Oman

Over 250 workers at Construction firm demand unpaid wages 2014-11-23 [Muscat Daily]
900 HED workers unpaid 2014-09-25 [Labour Watch]
Hundeds of workers found violating Oman labour law 2014-08-05 [Muscat Daily]


Palestine

ITF supports PGTWU call for independent investigation into bus driver’s death 2014-11-24 [ITF]
Many Palestinian workers say they’re afraid to go to work in Israel, afraid they will be attacked 2014-11-21 [YNet]
Gaza’s civil servants strike over unpaid wages 2014-11-20 [Al-Monitor]


Qatar

'Time’s up on kafala,' say campaigners 2014-11-24 [Equal Times]
Migrant workers in Qatar getting global union support 2014-11-24 [SvD]
Unions are to blame for the problems of Europe's airlines, says Qatar Airways boss 2014-11-20 [AFP]


Saudi Arabia

Factory run by female workers in Saudi Arabia breaks stereotypes 2014-11-17 [Al Arabiya]
What's Saudization going to take? 30,000 jobs a year 2014-10-12 [albawaba]
Abuse, deceit and slave labour suffered by Cambodian workers in Saudi Arabia 2014-09-20 [Phnom Penh Post]


Tunisia

Attack on the General Secretary of the UGTT Tunisia: the ITUC expresses its condemnation and solidarity 2014-11-18 [ITUC]
Recent attack against UGTT « aims to derail democratic transition » (Abassi) 2014-11-17 [TAP]
UGTT Administrative Committee to hold emergency meeting Monday in Hammamet 2014-11-17 [TAP]


United Arab Emirates

Ugly truth behind UAE's gleam 2014-11-26 [Human Rights Watch]
Rights group: Migrant workers abused in UAE homes 2014-10-23 [The Times-Union]
UAE: Trapped. Exploited, Abused - Migrant Domestic Workers Get Scant Protection 2014-10-23 [Human Rights Watch]


Yemen

IFJ Demands Immediate Halt to Bombardment of Yemen State TV Offices 2014-09-20 [IFJ]
Journalist Killed in Yemen: IFJ Repeats Demand for Increased Media Protection 2014-08-21 [IFJ]
Workers Unions Seeks more rights and involvement in the Constitution Drafting Committee 2014-07-14 [Yemen Post]
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