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Labour news from the Middle East


Algeria

The secret history behind the Algeria-Germany World Cup duel - and trade union involvement 2014-07-13 [EuraAsia Review]
URGENT ACTION: Government of Algeria must recognize NOW workers' right to form independent trade unions 2014-06-03 [IUF]
Workers' rights trampled 2014-05-27 [Human Rights Watch]


Bahrain

Migrant Workers and Labor Unions in the Gulf: An Interview with Karim Radhi 2014-06-24 [Jaddaliya]
2,000 garment workers face deportation over strike action 2014-06-16 [Arabian Business]
Union rights lifeline for migrant workers in Bahrain 2014-06-15 [Gulf Daily News]


Egypt

Jailed journalists say they will appeal 2014-07-25 [RTÉ]
Maximum wages announced, regulations show no exemptions 2014-07-24 [Daily News Egypt]
Executive interference in drafting media laws is inadmissible: Press Syndicate 2014-07-13 [Daily News Egypt]


Iran

Update: Shahabi released to civilian hospital ActNOW! 2014-07-30 [ITF Global Union]
Company complaint sends 4 petrochemical worker reps to court 2014-07-30 [Radio Zamaneh]
Sugar cane company pays some back wages after protests 2014-07-30 [Radio Zamaneh]


Iraq

IFJ Hails Iraq Union's Hugely Successful 20th Congress in Baghdad 2014-07-30 [IFJ]
Step Up Protection for Media Workers in Iraq, Demands IFJ 2014-07-17 [IFJ]
Nurses from India released from Iraqi captivity by Islamist militants 2014-07-05 [Radio Australia]


Israel

IDF Must Be Held accountable for Attacks on Journalists in Gaza, says IFJ ActNOW! 2014-07-29 [IFJ]
Gov't agrees to HIstadrut-backed plan for war damage compensation 2014-07-29 [Haaretz]
Union angered by fabriacted security risk assessment against West Bank Workers' Committee chair 2014-07-28 [WAC Ma'an]


Jordan

Workers at the Jordanian Electric Power Company (JEPCO) staged a sit-in on Sunday 2014-06-02 [Jordan Times]
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]


Kuwait

Agreement appears close in long-running strike 2014-07-14 [Arabian Business]
Government worker strike enters 5th week, longest industrial dispute in Kuwaiti history 2014-07-03 [Middle East Eye]
Ptriking workers force public office shutdown as strike enters 4th week 2014-06-26 [Arabian Business]


Lebanon

Lebanese telecom workers protest Israeli assault on Gaza 2014-07-30 [alakhbar english]
Labor unions to escalate protests after Ramadan 2014-07-21 [The Daily Star]
Unions threaten to postpone start of school year 2014-07-09 [The 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

Midday work ban puts focus on Gulf labour rights 2014-06-24 [Gulf News]
Big three Gulf airlines brush aside obstacles in pursuit of dominance 2014-06-09 [Guardian]
Refugee Women Contend With Domestic Abuse, Sexual Exploitation 2014-02-17 [VOA]


Morocco

Total Call : determined to fight all forms of trade unionism 2014-07-09 [UMT]
PM to Relaunch Dialogue With Unions 2014-06-09 [Magharebia]
May Day delivers minimum wage hike 2014-05-04 [Magharebia]


Oman

Hypermarket worker protest in Oman ends after three days 2014-06-30 [Times of Oman]
Three day strike ends as Lulu Hypermarket agrees to key worker demands 2014-06-30 [Muscat Daily]
Lulu hypermarket protest ends after three days 2014-06-30 [The Times]


Palestine

ITF backs ITUC’s call for world action on Gaza 2014-07-31 [ITF]
Stand with Palestinian workers in Gaza: a call for trade union solidarity ActNOW! 2014-07-30 [Cosatu]
Gaza Journalist and Teenage Daughter are Latest Victims of Israeli Attacks ActNOW! 2014-07-30 [IFJ]


Qatar

Plight of World Cup workers to be highlighted at Cork festival 2014-07-28 [irishtimes.com]
The mounting human cost of preparing for the Qatar 2022 World Cup 2014-07-25 [Radio Australia]
Blatter, Emir of Qatar meet for labor rights talks 2014-07-25 [Associated Press]


Saudi Arabia

6 in 10 Saudi women find work hours inconvenient — survey 2014-07-21 [Arab News]
37,000 labor disputes settled 2014-07-21 [Arab News]
No to favoritism for working women 2014-07-17 [Saudi Gazette]


Tunisia

UGTT proud of what has been accomplished thus far in Tunisia following the revolution 2014-07-29 [BWI]
UGTT at head of national unity march to save Tunisia from terrorism 2014-07-25 [TAP]
Student Union hunger strikers on 25th day protesting unfair denial of public sector job opportunities 2014-07-12 [Tunisia Live]


United Arab Emirates

16 Indian seamen stranded on Dubai ship 2014-06-24 [Gulf News]
Hiring Filipino maids in UAE just got tougher 2014-06-24 [Gulf News]
Workers at N.Y.U.’s Abu Dhabi Site Faced Harsh Conditions 2014-05-20 [The Times]


Yemen

Workers Unions Seeks more rights and involvement in the Constitution Drafting Committee 2014-07-14 [Yemen Post]
Workers Unions Seeks more rights and involvement in the Constitution Drafting Committee 2014-07-13 [The Post]
Union strike hits DNO hard 2014-06-26 [The Post]
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