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Labour news from the Middle East


Algeria

Tackling the social crisis in post-election Algeria 2014-04-16 [Equal Times]
Bureaucratic Ploys Used to Stifle Freedon of Association, Independent Unions 2014-03-31 [Human Rights Watch]
The experience of unionism in Algeria 2014-03-22 [Al-Monitor]


Bahrain

Staging the Bahrain Grand Prix is “a matter of life and death” 2014-04-03 [Equal Times]
Authorities blame workers for putting their own lives at risk by living in 'rogue' labour camps 2014-03-04 [Gulf Daily News]
APM Terminals Bahrain sign worker's union agreement 2014-02-12 [Port Technology International]


Egypt

Injury of journalists raises questions on job safety 2014-04-16 [Daily News Egypt]
New investment law ignites controversy 2014-04-15 [Ahram Online]
Journalists Syndicate head calls for a freeze in field coverage after two journalists were shot and injured while covering clashes at Cairo University 2014-04-15 [Ahram Online]


Iran

Amnesty International says Iran trade unionist punished for hunger strike 2014-04-17 [ Amnesty International ]
BWI and ITUC Urge Release of Sharokh Zamani 2014-04-16 [BWI]
Labour activist ends jail strike after promise of relocation 2014-04-16 [Radio Zamaneh]


Iraq

Murderer of Journalist in Iraq Must Pay for Crime, says IFJ 2014-03-25 [IFJ]
IFJ Issues Renewed Call for Protection of Journalists in Iraq Following Brutal Murders 2014-03-11 [IFJ]
IFJ Calls on Iraqi Government to Guarantee Safety of Journalists 2014-02-14 [IFJ]


Israel

Privatisation win by IMI workers and Histadrut 2014-04-17 [Ha'aretz]
Workers committees in Israel shoot themselves in the foot by allying with Likud 2014-04-17 [WAC Ma'an]
Save OASIS, an Arab-Jewish organic olive grove 2014-04-17 [WAC Ma'an]


Jordan

Cities bank to pay municipal employees’ medical insurance fees 2014-04-17 [Jordan Times]
Workers from Syria dominate farm sector in Mafraq 2014-04-17 [Jordan Times]
New Teachers Association president elected 2014-04-15 [Ammon News]


Kuwait

Oil workers postpone strike 2014-02-10 [Arabian Business]
Workers face jail, fine for causing financial loss to state 2014-02-09 [The Arab Times]
Minister Threatens Security Measures if Oil Unions Don't Cancel Strike 2014-02-07 [naharnet]


Lebanon

Unions stir ‘intifada over corruption’ for pay hike 2014-04-17 [Lebanon Daily Star]
Wage hike can spark inflation, experts warn 2014-04-17 [Lebanon Daily Star]
Labor Ministry warns over unjustified layoffs of Lebanese in favour of cheaper Syrians 2014-04-17 [Lebanon Daily Star]


Libya

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]
Support crumbles in east Libya for oil blockade leader 2014-02-01 [Defence Web]


Middle East

Refugee Women Contend With Domestic Abuse, Sexual Exploitation 2014-02-17 [VOA]
IOSH Seminar to highlight health and safety in the workplace- Accidents at workplace cost 4% of global GDP according to ILO 2013-12-23 [Zawya]
The future of Arab labor movements 2013-12-13 [al-Monitor]


Morocco

Moroccan govt must learn from trade union mobilization 2014-04-11 [ITUC]
International Trade Union Confederation Urges Benkirane to Learn from “The March of Anger” ActNOW! 2014-04-11 [Morocco World News]
Morocco’s call centre workers get organised 2014-04-11 [Equal Times]


Oman

Lack of coordination blamed for Octal strike 2014-03-09 [The Gulf News]
Octal employees continue to strike 2014-03-07 [The Gulf News]
Octal workers strike over sacking of union chief 2014-02-28 [Zawya]


Palestine

Why the ‘Forward’s’ support for SodaStream is antithetical to progressive values 2014-04-08 [Mondoweiss]
Kuwait gants USD 500,000 for ILO in occupied territories 2014-03-31 [Kuwait News Agency]
Students emerge as losers of 2-month UNRWA standoff 2014-03-11 [Ma'an News Agency]


Qatar

Staggering number of workers said to die as Qatar prepares for World Cup 2014-04-17 [Washington Post]
Worked to Death – Stop the Carnage in Qatar! 2014-04-14 [BWI]
World Cup 2022: British MP Jim Murphy Urges FIFA To Put Pressure On Qatar Over Labour Working Conditions 2014-04-07 [Huffington Post]


Saudi Arabia

Time is running out for Indonesian domestic worker on Saudi death row 2014-04-01 [Equal Times]
Don't go on strike: India to women workers 2014-03-23 [PTI]
Critics Voice Concerns Over Step Toward Reconciliation With Saudi Arabia on Migrant Workers 2014-02-20 [Jakarta Globe]


Tunisia

UGTT Union Nominated for Nobel Peace Prize 2014-04-15 [Tunisia Live]
UGTT calls for speeding up implementation of roadmap provisions 2014-04-15 [TAP]
Nobel Peace Prize 2014: UGTT candidacy officially approved 2014-04-15 [TAP]


United Arab Emirates

Guerrilla Protestors Storm the Guggenheim With a Message the Museum Can’t Ignore 2014-04-15 [PolicyMic]
Standardised contract for domestic workers being considered 2014-03-02 [The National]
A new documentary gives us a peek at life inside the labor camps of Dubai 2014-01-25 [PRI]


Yemen

Strike halts oil production in Hadramout 2014-03-27 [The Times]
IFJ Reiterates Appeal for Increased Media Protection in Yemen 2014-03-05 [IFJ]
Total Shuts Down Operations At Yemen Oil Field Due to Union Strike 2014-02-01 [Reuters]
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