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Labour news from the Middle East


Algeria

Algeria: Municipal workers organize a national strike tomorrow 2016-08-22 [Arab Trade Union Confederation]
Women in Africa Must Continue Struggle Against Hostile Attitudes 2016-08-03 [Algerie Presse Service ]
Ports and transport and oil and gas unions join forces in ITF hubs alliance 2016-08-02 [ITF Global Union]


Bahrain

Global condemnation of travel ban for Bahraini education union leader 2016-06-14 [Education International]
Building sectorial union work in Bahrain 2016-05-11 [IndustriALL]
Contacts to end workers' strike dismissed 2016-04-25 [Bna]


Egypt

Solidarity with Alexandria shipyard workers and Egypt's threatened lawyers 2016-08-23 [Egypt Solidarity Initiative]
Egypt: 282 unionists dismissed in less than two months for their union activities 2016-08-16 [Arab Trade Union Confederation]
The future is in our hands: why Egypt needs gender equality 2016-08-09 [DNE]


Iran

Workers were prohibited to enter in Alborz Steel Factory 2016-08-26 [NCRI]
Steel workers protest unpaid salaries and unpaid bonuses from 2015 2016-08-25 [NCRI]
Former Workers from Dehloran Cement Factory protest 2016-08-25 [NCRI]


Iraq

Worker strike briefly disrupts Taq Taq field 2016-08-25 [Iraq Oil Report]
Call for thorough investigation in to killing of Kurdish journalist 2016-08-17 [IFJ]
Kurdish journalist killed in Duhok, evidence of torture 2016-08-17 [Rudaw]


Israel

Ashdod, Haifa Port Workers Set for Pre-Rosh Hashanah Strike 2016-08-24 [Hamodia]
Port workers declare work dispute 2016-08-23 [Globes]
5,000 Palestinian Workers approved for work within the State of Israel by the Socioeconomic Cabinet 2016-08-14 [Arutz Sheva]


Jordan

Jordan:69 thousand child laborers 44 thousands of them are engaged in hazardous work 2016-08-17 [Arab Trade Union Confederation]
An Experiment In Jordan’s Desert Aims To Provide Jobs For Syrian Refugees 2016-08-02 [Huffington Post]
Municipalities in hot areas reduce working hours for outdoor labourers 2016-06-18 [The Jordan Times]


Kuwait

Labor union reject fuel prices increase 2016-08-11 [The Times]
First Gulf state to set minimum wage for domestic workers 2016-07-23 [Middle East Eye]
Kuwait sets minimum wage for domestic workers 2016-07-14 [Gulf Business]


Lebanon

Hazards of construction workers, in the hands of God 2016-07-23 [Lebanon Daily Star]
EDL asks police to end workers' blockade 2016-07-23 [Lebanon Daily Star]
Refugees from Syria change the Lebanese labor scene 2016-07-09 [Al Arabiya]


Libya

Photojournalist shot dead by Islamic State while documenting on the front lines 2016-07-30 [IFJ]
Protesters shut down Al-Hariga oil port in eastern Libya over pay delays 2016-07-23 [Libya Observer]
Tripoli again suffering from power cuts; activists want general strike 2016-05-29 [The Herald]


Middle East

Why Layoffs Are Dire for Foreign Laborers in Gulf 2016-08-06 [Bloomberg]
Trade unions in the Middle East 2016-06-18 [Eric Lee]
Escaping the Heat Into the Fire - Migration of Ethiopian Women Domestic Workers to Middle East Countries 2016-06-18 [Pambazuka News]


Morocco

New Law Advances Domestic Workers' Rights 2016-08-03 [Human Rights Watch]
New law advances domestic workers’ rights 2016-08-02 [HRW]
Video: Moroccan Workers in Saudi Arabia Ask King Mohammed VI to Resolve Salary Issue 2016-07-30 [Morocco World News]


Oman

Delay in resolving labour disputes hurts employees 2016-08-07 [Zawya]
Journalists Arrested for Criticizing Judiciary 2016-08-06 [Human Rights Watch]
300 nurses to lose job 2016-08-02 [TNN]


Palestine

IFJ condemns Israel's failure to release Palestinian journalist 2016-08-25 [Guardian]
Freedom of the press: Palestine's journalists union call for action 2016-08-24 [Al-Monitor]
IFJ condemns the extension of Palestinian journalist’s detention 2016-08-24 [IFJ]


Qatar

FIFA must stop foul play in Qatar 2016-08-04 [TouchStone]
Show Qatar World Cup hosts death & exploitation are unnecessary 2016-08-02 [Stronger Unions]
UN labor agency finds worker protections against bias lacking at Qatar Airways 2016-07-26 [Gulf News]


Saudi Arabia

Stranded workers plead for help as economy falters 2016-08-22 [Middle Eas Eye]
Abandoned in Saudi desert camps, migrant workers won't leave without pay 2016-08-20 [AOL]
Pretty maids all in a row: Domestic workers on display causes uproar 2016-08-16 [Gulf News]


Syria

Bob Crow brigade '30 miles' from IS-stronghold of Raqqa in Syria 2016-08-17 [Middle East Eye]
Abandoned by the world, “Aleppo is sinking into darkness” 2016-08-09 [Equal Times]
Struggle to educate Syrian refugee children mounts as funding dries up 2016-08-06 [Education International]


Tunisia

President signs the Declaration on Media Freedom in the Arab World 2016-08-27 [IFJ]
UGTT Secretary General Cautions PM-Designate over Cabinet Composition 2016-08-24 [Middle East Confidential]
Unions pledge to build stronger unions 2016-08-06 [ITF Global Union]


United Arab Emirates

Labour mobility reforms create winners and losers 2016-08-24 [The National]
Airline pilots complain of dangerous fatigue in leaked documents 2016-07-30 [The Guardian]
Gloss Comes Off Dubai as Oil Woes Spill Into Expat Promised Land 2016-07-26 [Bloomberg]


Yemen

Seventh journalist killed in 2016 2016-08-10 [IFJ]
It's the economy, stupid! 2016-07-23 [IRIN]
Drained central bank stops cashing govt employee salaries 2016-07-09 [Al Arabiya]
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