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Labour news from the Middle East


Algeria

Social Security - Central Union, Employers' Organizations to Sign Agreement Shortly 2015-03-18 [allAfrica]
TKTMS Facilitates Return of Stranded Migrant Workers in Algeria 2015-03-17 [BWI]
Crackdown on Labor Rights Defenders. Wave of Arrests, Prosecutions of Unemployed Workers 2015-02-27 [Human Rights Watch]


Bahrain

Premier thanked by Alba Trade Union 2015-04-22 [BNA]
HRH Premier thanked by BFLUF President 2015-04-22 [BNA]
Minister heads Kingdom's delegation at ALC 2015-04-20 [BNA]


Egypt

‘Work conditions compare favourably in market’: AUC on workers’ strike 2015-04-22 [DNE]
AUC workers on strike against administration 2015-04-20 [Egypt Independent]
EGAS workers strike over ‘discrimination’ 2015-04-19 [The Daily News]


Iran

In support of jailed workers 2015-04-24 [The Iranian]
Rural telecom workers protest at ministry’s Tehran headquarters 2015-04-23 [Radio Zamaneh]
Teacher demonstrations for wage hikes spread further 2015-04-22 [Radio Zamaneh]


Iraq

IndustriALL Iraqi affiliates fighting for workers’ unpaid wages 2015-04-18 [IndustriALL Global Union]
Reuters Baghdad bureau chief flees Iraq after death threats 2015-04-12 [Albawaba]
Challenging tradition in Iraqi Kurdistan 2015-04-06 [DW]


Israel

Histadrut Chair demands Unity Gvt 2015-04-26 [Israel National News]
Cellcom workers agree voluntary retirement terms 2015-04-22 [Globes Israel]
ICL suspends job cuts pending court decision as bromine and potash strikes continue 2015-04-22 [Industrial Materials]


Jordan

Lower House panel recommends rejecting proposed amendments to teachers syndicate law 2015-04-20 [The Jordan Times]
Minister takes part in Arab labour conference in Kuwait 2015-04-20 [Ammon News]
Syndicate deems 300 journalists ‘non-practising members’ over unpaid dues 2015-04-01 [Jordan Times]


Kuwait

Union leader from Kuwait chosen to lead Arab Labour Organisation 2015-04-22 [KUNA]
Union says 60 per cent of oil workers to receive bonus 2015-04-20 [Arab Times]
Women from Sierra Leone 'sold like slaves' into domestic work in Kuwait 2015-04-05 [Guardian]


Lebanon

THE OPEN WOUNDS OF LEBANON’S CIVIL WAR 2015-04-13 [Equal Times]
Controversial Lebanon maid ad faces Kenya protests 2015-04-02 [Lebanon Daily Star]
Low turnout at UCC sit-in over wages 2015-04-01 [Lebanon Daily Star]


Libya

Migrant workers bet on ‘suicide missions’ to escape Libyan violence 2015-04-22 [The National]
Gunmen kill 12 Libyans and foreign workers at oilfield raid 2015-02-05 [Reuters]
Manila working to free captive oilfield workers in Libya 2015-02-05 [World Bulletin]


Middle East

ILO Director-General: Creating jobs key to stability in the Arab region 2015-04-22 [ILO]
Construction unions IWMD activity across Middle East and Africa 2015-04-21 [BWI]
More than 30% of Arab youth jobless: labour official 2015-04-20 [AFP]


Morocco

SNCF: Moroccan Workers Demand Equal Rights with French Colleagues 2015-04-12 [Morocco World News]
Public sector workers strike to defend pensions and union rights 2015-04-10 [MENA]
IndustriALL family continues to grow 2015-04-03 [IndustriALL Global Union]


Oman

Protesting clerks threaten to lay siege to Civil Secretariat 2015-04-19 [Labour Watch]
40,000 illegal Bangladeshi migrant workers to avail of Oman amnesty 2015-04-18 [Dhaka Tribune]
Employers in Oman turn a blind eye to workers with disabilities 2015-04-18 [Times of Oman]


Palestine

Employee crisis derails latest reconciliation attempt 2015-04-26 [Al-Monitor]
Reconciliation hits rock bottom:week-long visit focused on resolving a long-running dispute over employees collapses 2015-04-23 [Ma'an News Agency]
Bid to tackle dispute over worker pay ends in farce as Hamas refuses to allow West Bank ministers to leave Gaza hotel 2015-04-22 [Ma'an News Agency]


Qatar

Sign here to Save FIFA Rerun the vote for World Cup 2022 2015-04-23 [Save FIFA]
Chelsea Supporters Trust to hold 2022 Qatar World Cup workers protest before clash with Manchester United 2015-04-20 [Daily Mail ]
Shops not closing for Friday prayers to be fined 2015-04-17 [Al-Arabiya]


Saudi Arabia

Beheading of migrant domestic worker in Saudi Arabia raises Jakarta protests 2015-04-18 [AFP]
Drive against illegal foreign workers ongoing 2015-03-03 [Arab News]
Women constitute 13% of Saudi workforce: stats agency 2015-02-11 [Al-Arabiya]


Syria

Journalism under fire: Remembering Ali Mustafa 2015-03-28 [rabble]
On International Women’s Day, let’s not forget the women of Syria 2015-03-08 [Equal Times]
On International Women’s Day, let’s not forget the women of Syria 2015-03-05 [Equal Times]


Tunisia

UGTT Calls On Government to Initiate National Dialogue On Media Sector 2015-04-15 [TAP]
Those Who Want To Build, Those Who Want To Fight: The World Social Forum with a North African Twist 2015-04-05 [Jadalliya]
Strong union presence in Tunisian march against terrorism 2015-04-03 [IUF]


United Arab Emirates

NYU set to compensate thousands of exploited workers on Abu Dhabi complex 2015-04-26 [Guardian]
NYU to Compensate Migrant Workers 2015-04-22 [Human Rights Watch]
Emirates passenger who attacked staff has jail term upheld 2015-04-13 [The National]


Yemen

IFJ mourns killing of four media workers in Yemen 2015-04-25 [IFJ]
Unions worried about deepending war crisis effect on workers 2015-04-21 [ITF Global Union]
337 Bangladeshis return home ending two-week nightmare in Yemen 2015-04-20 [Daily Star]
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