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Labour news from the Middle East


Algeria

IndustriALL files OECD complaint against General Electric 2018-10-30 [IndustriALL]
Algerian government escalates its war on independent unions 2018-06-25 [IUF]
Algeria: Threats soar against democratic unions after ILC 2018-06-20 [IndustriALL]


Bahrain

Education unionist Jalila al Salman given EI’s Mary Hatwood Futrell Award 2018-10-19 [Education International]
Trade union urges pension bill rethink 2018-07-29 [GDN]
Support for labour unions, citizens’ rights stressed 2018-03-20 [newsofbahrain]


Egypt

There is a hiring freeze in Egypt and young workers are not happy about it 2018-10-07 [My Salaam]
The Egyptian mothers battling to establish paternity – and rights – for their children 2018-09-21 [Equal Times]
Shawkan's release five years overdue 2018-09-11 [IFJ]


Iran

262 truck drivers are arrested in Iran for participating in a strike action Join us to demand their release 2018-11-14 [CFPPI]
Second day of teachers’ second two-day nationwide sit-in 2018-11-14 [SZAC]
Iran’s teachers begin second two-day nationwide sit-in 2018-11-13 [SZAC]


Iraq

Influx of Iranian migrant workers worries Kurdish labor union 2018-11-14 [RUDAW]
Trade Unions Stand in Solidarity with Protestors’ Demands 2018-07-31 [ITUC]
Unions condemn violence against protestors 2018-07-28 [Industriall]


Israel

New agreement for safer construction sites 2018-11-12 [BWI]
Ultra-Orthodox, Arab Workers Fill Israeli Tech Shortage 2018-11-12 [Media Line]
Israel’s Social Workers Striking In Response To Attacks Against Them 2018-11-12 [Yeshiva World]


Jordan

Municipal workers to resume strike, rejecting outcome of mayors meeting 2018-10-31 [The Times]
Municipal Workers Threaten to Resume Strike if More Wages Not Raised 2018-10-30 [Al Bawaba]
Municipal workers may resume strike Wednesday 2018-10-29 [The Times]


Kuwait

New labor recruitment agreements with four Asian countries after Eid break 2018-08-03 [The Times]
Kuwait to pay 710 unpaid Indian workers of construction firm who quit after labour dispute 2018-08-01 [PTI]
Philippines to mandate a $10,000 insurance deposit for domestic workers in Kuwait 2018-07-23 [Al Arabiya]


Lebanon

Union urges employment of local workers 2018-10-04 [Xinhua]
Union chief calls for shutting down firms employing foreigners 2018-08-30 [Xinhua]
Building trade union solidarity for human rights and access to quality public services for syrian refugees in Lebanon 2018-06-06 [PSI]


Libya

Journalist Moussa Abdel Karim abducted and killed 2018-08-06 [IFJ]
Assailants abduct workers at oil facility in Libya 2018-07-15 [The Times-Union]
UN Sanctions Slave Traders 2018-06-11 [ITUC]


Middle East

Foreign maids on 'hell' of kafala jobs in Middle East 2018-10-24 [BBC]
The Perils of Housecleaning Abroad 2018-08-06 [The Times]
“The Gulf is no longer a dream land for Asian migrants” 2018-06-14 [Equal Times]


Morocco

New Domestic Workers Law Takes Effect 2018-10-04 [Human Rights Watch]
ITF Inspectors help repatriate abandoned Ukrainian Seafarers 2018-04-19 [ITF]
Women in Morocco, Tunisia Highlight GBV at Work 2018-03-12 [Solidarity Center]


Oman

400 complaints in a year - and most about salaries: Trade Union 2018-11-06 [The Times]
Empowerment of women through trade unions 2018-10-24 [The Times]
Landmark paternity ruling for dads in Oman 2018-07-31 [timesofoman]


Palestine

Gaza : Israeli air strikes destroy TV building 2018-11-14 [IFJ]
UNI reminds affiliates of their obligations under UPU Declaration 2018-10-11 [UNI Global Union]
At Site of Terror Attack, Jews and Palestinians Determined to Keep Working Together 2018-10-10 [Haaretz]


Qatar

ILO praises Qatar's steps to protect workers' rights 2018-11-08 [The Times]
Human rights in Qatar – Progress and challenges 2018-10-31 [BWI]
World Cup 2022 Qatar death statistics of workers revealed by trade union leader 2018-10-15 [The Mirror]


Saudi Arabia

Outrage as Saudis Secretly Execute Indonesian Worker 2018-11-05 [Freedom United]
IFJ: End the lies, cover-up and appeasement over killing of Jamal Khashoggi 2018-10-18 [IFJ]
Overworked, abused, hungry: Vietnamese domestic workers in Saudi 2018-09-19 [Al Jazeera]


Syria

New video released of missing Japanese journalist 2018-08-02 [IFJ]
Syrian trade unions on US threats to strike Syria 2018-04-20 [MLToday]
UN Human Rights Council addresses abuse of children’s rights in Syria 2018-03-17 [EI]


Tunisia

UGTT union cancels national strike after govt deal 2018-10-22 [Reuters]
Union agrees public sector wage deal to avert nationwide strike 2018-10-22 [Zawya]
Syndicates Call for Biggest Strike Within Public Sector Institutions 2018-10-19 [Asharq al-Awsat]


United Arab Emirates

Sharjah firefighters put out blaze in labour accommodation 2018-03-12 [khaleejtimes]
ITF statement on UAE's new protection for seafarers 2018-01-20 [ITF Global Unions]
Journalists from Switzerland arrested and held for two days in UAE 2017-11-14 [The Local]


Yemen

END IMPUNITY CAMPAIGN 2018: Yemen country report 2018-10-26 [IFJ]
Journalist assassinated in Dhale city 2018-10-09 [IFJ]
IFJ demands the release of kidnapped journalist 2018-07-06 [IFJ]
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