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Labour news from the Middle East


Algeria

Repeal of Article 87a of Labour Code, 'Irrevocable Asset,' Says UGTA 2015-01-10 [Algerie Presse Service]
National Union of Journalists Condemned 'Vigorously Vile Attack Against Charlie Hebdo 2015-01-09 [ Algerie Presse Service ]
UGTA 12th Congress Kicks Off in Algiers 2015-01-05 [allAfrica]


Bahrain

Major shake-up of Bahrain's largest trade union federation is underway 2015-01-16 [Trade Arabia]
Union leader is acquitted in fraud case 2015-01-16 [Gulf Daily News]
Alba Labour Union holds safety campaign 2015-01-10 [Trade Arabia]


Egypt

Al-Masry Al-Youm reporters referred to criminal court 2015-01-23 [Egypt Independent]
Mahalla textile workers waiting after gov’t promise to pay late bonuses 2015-01-20 [The Post]
Trade unionists, journalists and academics condemn confiscation of activists’ assets 2015-01-18 [MENA Solidarity Network]


Iran

Teachers begin strike to protest wages, inadequate budget 2015-01-23 [Radio Zamaneh]
Bafgh mine workers protest in Tehran for back wages 2015-01-20 [Radio Zamaneh]
Security Forces Stop Journalists From Showing Solidarity With Paris Victims 2015-01-10 [RFE/Radio Liberty]


Iraq

Three Turkish workers killed at tunnel construction site in Iraqi Kurdistan 2015-01-11 [Hurriyet Daily News]
Female nurses struggle for equality 2015-01-09 [Al-Monitor]
Unions build protest on jobs, wages and union rights 2015-01-09 [Stronger Unions]


Israel

'Security' as a pretext to stop Palestinian workers unionising in West Bank settlement factories 2015-01-25 [WAC Ma'an]
Egged: Public Transport Services to Continue despite Strike 2015-01-25 [Arutz Sheva]
Risking jobs, Palestinian workers in West Bank settlement unionize 2015-01-23 [+972 Magazine]


Jordan

Aid convoy dispatched to Gaza 2015-01-18 [The Times]
Steel Company’s decision to lay off 210 employees ‘illegal’: Unionist 2015-01-16 [Jordan Times]
By-law endorsed to regulate domestic helper sector 2015-01-01 [Jordan Times]


Kuwait

Administrative deportation slammed by rights activists - 'Expats should be given right to appeal' 2014-12-13 [Zawya]
Ban on Indian workers looms as spat escalates – Meeting to resolve maid guarantee dispute fails 2014-12-13 [Kuwait Times]
'Labor Ministry Deports Complaining Migrants,” resigned labor unionist says 2014-11-17 [Migrant Rights]


Lebanon

Domestic workers in Lebanon fight for right to join union 2015-01-07 [Al Jazeera America]
Labor unions mull syndicate that includes migrant workers 2015-01-05 [The Star]
Migrant domestic workers to protect rights by forming union, a first in Arab world 2015-01-03 [FOX]


Libya

Concerns for kidnapped Tunisian journalists after Daesh claims to have executed them 2015-01-09 [Libya Herald]
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]


Middle East

International trade unions need to be less combative, encourage more interaction with workers 2014-12-27 [ANI]
Gulf countries to improve domestic workers’ condition 2014-12-06 [eKantipur]
GCC agrees on draft bill to improve domestic workers' rights 2014-11-27 [Middle East Eye]


Morocco

Moroccan trade unionist to speak at MENA Solidarity conference in February 2015-01-18 [MENA Solidarity Network]
Journalist union members reject threats of violence and terrorism 2015-01-16 [Magharebia]
Government introduces unemployment benefits 2015-01-08 [Magharebia]


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

Hamas: Gaza salary crisis a misstep for consensus government 2015-01-25 [Ma'an News Agency]
Palestinian workers left broke as Israel freezes funds 2015-01-22 [JP]
Public workers left with no money 2015-01-22 [Middle East Online]


Qatar

“Si usted desea hacer enemigos, intente cambiar algo” 2015-01-07 [Equal Times]
“If you want to make enemies, try to change something” 2015-01-07 [Equal Times]
A Nepalese World Cup Worker Dies Every Other Day in Qatar 2014-12-25 [Time]


Saudi Arabia

No cut in public sector salaries to curb spending, Saudi official says 2015-01-05 [Al Arabiya]
Labour ministry denies change in 'employment visas to Jews' 2015-01-01 [Middle East Eye]
Jews allowed to work in Saudi Arabia 2014-12-30 [Gulf News]


Tunisia

Phosphate production poisoning Tunisian workers. families. city 2015-01-24 [Al-Monitor]
There are no strains in relationship with Government, says UGTT's Kacem Afia 2015-01-22 [TAP]
UGTT sets out urgent expectations from next government 2015-01-22 [TAP]


United Arab Emirates

Baldoz in UAE to address domestic workers issues 2014-12-12 [Rappler]
UN investigating slavish treatment of migrant workers 2014-12-01 [RT]
United Nations Investigating Treatment of Migrant Workers in United Arab Emirates Amid Reports of 'Modern Day Slavery' in Abu Dhabi 2014-12-01 [Latin Post]


Yemen

Al-Thawra newspaper employees stage protest 2015-01-16 [Yemen Times]
IFJ Condemns First Media Killing of 2015 in Yemen 2015-01-06 [IFJ]
The IFJ and its US affiliates mourn the killing of US photographer in Yemen 2014-12-08 [FJ]
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