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Labour news from the Middle East


Algeria

Council of Ministers Adopts Series of Measures in Favour of Workers, Students 2015-07-28 [ Algerie Presse Service ]
Tramway strike over union rights enters day six 2015-07-11 [ITF Global Union]
Labor Minister denies additional conditions for Egyptian workers 2015-07-06 [Egypt Independent]


Bahrain

American Union Leader Trumka Denounces Administration’s Decision to Resume Military Aid to Bahrain 2015-07-03 [AFL-CIO]
Bahraini human and trade union rights defenders receive global Award 2015-06-18 [Education International]
Alba launches plant safety drive 2015-06-17 [Trade Arabia]


Egypt

History Repeats Itself 2015-08-01 [Africa in Fact]
Fire kills dozens in Egypt factory 2015-07-29 [Daily News Egypt]
Doctors Syndicate asks for arrest powers in medical violations 2015-07-29 [Ahram Online]


Iran

Longer maternity leave could lead to job losses 2015-08-01 [Radio Zamaneh]
Execution of 11 prisoners simultaneous with teachers’ protests in Tehran ActNOW! 2015-07-30 [NCRI]
Protesting Iranian teachers hold banners reading: Hungry for how much longer? ActNOW! 2015-07-30 [NCRI]


Iraq

IFJ calls for journalists’ safety in Iraq following another killing by the Islamic State 2015-07-24 [IFJ]
IFJ joins Iraqi affiliate to commemorate the 146th anniversary of Iraqi Journalism 2015-07-01 [IFJ]
Photos: ISIS in mass execution of Iraqi oil workers 2015-06-15 [Heavy]


Israel

High-ranking IDF officers call for career army to unionize 2015-07-31 [Haaretz]
Journalist Union calls emergency meeting of Israel Broadcast Authority members 2015-07-28 [Jerusalem Post]
Drivers at Moviley Dror, a haulage firm which includes Ikea among its clients, have unionized with WAC. 2015-07-28 [WAC Ma'an]


Jordan

Private school owners, teachers syndicate dismayed by ministry regulations 2015-07-21 [The Jordan Times]
Hygienic Holding Group (FINE) Signs New Labor Agreement with General Union for Workers in Printing and Paper 2015-07-14 [Zawya]
Denmark-led programme to fund ILO project to combat child labour 2015-07-01 [Jordan Times]


Kuwait

Rights for Kuwait Domestic Workers: ‘Cautiously Good Step’ 2015-07-09 [Solidarity Center]
New Law a Breakthrough for Domestic Workers 2015-07-01 [Human Rights Watch]
Union leader from Kuwait chosen to lead Arab Labour Organisation 2015-04-22 [KUNA]


Lebanon

NGO to ‘protect housewives’ from their domestic workers 2015-07-25 [Step Feed]
Hotline for Women Domestic Workers to Report Abuse 2015-06-30 [Ya Libnan]
Private sector unions, business, civil society come together to talk general strike 2015-06-29 [Lebanon Daily Star]


Libya

Four Italian construction workers kidnapped in Libya 2015-07-21 [Middle East Online]
Cheated Benghazi nurses get their money back 2015-06-28 [Libyan Herald]
The Brutal Silencing of a Woman at the Forefront of Libya’s Rebellion 2015-06-10 [NY Times]


Middle East

Shell’s global cull of 6,500 jobs will hardly hit Middle East 2015-07-31 [The National]
After Arab Spring, journalism briefly flowered and then withered 2015-07-28 [Washington Post]
Trade union concerns in Arab countries raised 2015-07-27 [Education International]


Morocco

13,700 Moroccan Call Center Workers Win Union 2015-07-07 [Solidarity Center]
Peugeot plans new Morocco plant in bid to cut costs 2015-06-20 [Trade Arabia]
Call centre workers win historic recognition ballot 2015-06-18 [UNI Global Union]


Oman

Ramadan work hours continue round the clock for maids 2015-07-21 [Muscat Daily]
More than 57,000 expatriate workers have absconded from their employers in 2015 2015-07-21 [Times of Oman]
'Expat workers should get minimum wage in Oman’ 2015-06-17 [Times of Oman]


Palestine

Gaza teachers, going to new jobs in Qatar, turned back from Jordan border 2015-07-30 [Ma'an News Agency]
Over 100 teachers in Gaza to apply for Qatari job opportunities 2015-07-28 [Ma'an News Agency]
Hundreds protest retrenchments and reductions of UNRWA services in Gaza 2015-07-27 [Ma'an News Agency]


Qatar

ITUC, Campaign Groups, Welcome Coca Cola and VISA Calls for Independent FIFA Reform 2015-07-25 [ITUC]
ITUC asks Kofi Annan to take charge of FIFA reform 2015-07-21 [Reuters]
Labor Scrutiny for FIFA as a World Cup Rises in the Qatar Desert 2015-07-20 [NY Times]


Saudi Arabia

Lifting the Veil: How Working Women Are Remaking Saudi Arabia 2015-06-24 [Der Spiegel]
Two airport workers jailed for sexual abuse of Iranian pilgrins 2015-06-11 [Washington Post]
Mass expulsions of migrant workers 2015-05-10 [Human Rights Watch]


Syria

Refugees from Syrians recruited as cheap agricultural workers in Turkey 2015-07-30 [Today's Zaman]
IFJ condemns killing of third Syrian journalist 2015-07-29 [IFJ]
IFJ and EFJ concerned over disappearance of three Spanish journalists in Syria 2015-07-23 [IFJ]


Tunisia

Old-School Trade Unionism, New Ideas 2015-08-01 [Africa in Fact]
Fighting terrorism and reviving the Tunisian economy 2015-07-30 [ETUC]
Number of Lost Working Days in Public Institutions Edges Down 98 Percent in June 2015-07-13 [TAP]


United Arab Emirates

One of the terrible ten worst countries for workers’ rights 2015-06-24 [Stronger Unions]
Hundreds of Dubai residents hand out water to workers who brave heat 2015-06-20 [The National]
How UAE employment law deals with strikes 2015-06-20 [Out-Law]


Yemen

IFJ appeals to UN Security Council for the protection of journalists over the Yemeni conflict 2015-06-23 [IFJ]
IFJ calls for release of news agency’s editor 2015-06-09 [NUJ]
IFJ and its Yemeni union urge immediate release of news agency’s editor 2015-06-06 [IFJ]
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