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Labour news from the Middle East


Algeria

Unions refuse formation of new government and insist on Bouteflika’s departure 2019-03-19 [The Monitor]
In Algeria, women say NO to a fifth term for President Bouteflika 2019-03-15 [PSI]
Time for real democracy in Algeria 2019-03-12 [IndustriALL]


Bahrain

Refugee footballer Hakeem al-Araibi freed 2019-02-13 [ITUC]
Contracts stating rights of domestic workers mandatory from next month 2019-01-05 [GDN]
Education unionist Jalila al Salman given EI’s Mary Hatwood Futrell Award 2018-10-19 [Education International]


Egypt

Dealt “deadly blows” by the regime, freedom of press in Egypt is disappearing 2019-01-25 [Equal Times]
A delegation of representatives of Independent Union Organizations heads to the office of the prime minister after failing to meet with the minister of labour 2019-01-18 [CTUWS]
Italy investigating 5 Egyptians in student's murder 2018-12-05 [Yahoo]


Iran

IFJ welcomes European Parliament vote to stop harassment of BBC Persian journalists 2019-03-18 [IFJ]
Iran teachers: three-day nationwide sit-in strike 2019-03-07 [SZAC]
Fresh Teachers' Strike In Iran Enters Third Day 2019-03-05 [Radio Farda]


Iraq

The region and education system of Kurdistan pass into oblivion 2019-03-13 [Education International]
7 journalists attacked by Kurdish security forces 2019-01-30 [IFJ]
In Iraq, trade unions are helping to rebuild popular power 2019-01-05 [Equal Times]


Israel

Head of union calls on KKL-JNF to roll back plans to fire minority employees 2019-03-19 [Times of Israel]
Two Laborers Killed, Three Injured in Four Separate Work Accidents in One Day 2019-03-18 [Haaretz]
Train drivers call in sick, despite agreement to scale back strike 2019-03-14 [The Times]


Jordan

Jordan's trade unions to place Israeli flag in building entrances for all to step on 2019-01-05 [Hareetz]
The Jordanian women fighting for labour rights 2018-12-07 [Equal Times]
The Jordanian women fighting for labour rights 2018-12-04 [Equal Times]


Kuwait

Kuwait deports 17,000 illegal foreigners in 2018 2019-01-22 [gulfnews]
Labor unions slam early retirement bill: “undermines citizens’ rights” 2018-12-25 [The Times]
New labor recruitment agreements with four Asian countries after Eid break 2018-08-03 [The Times]


Lebanon

PSI holds roundtable on refugees' access to public services 2019-02-22 [PSI]
Being stateless in Lebanon means being without rights or decent work 2019-01-18 [Equal Times]
Parts of Lebanon go on strike to protest economic conditions 2019-01-05 [ABC]


Libya

14 Tunisian workers kidnapped in Libya 2019-02-17 [AFP]
Photographer killed during clashes between militia near Tripoli 2019-01-21 [IFJ]
Government must act against attacks on journalists and the media 2019-01-11 [IFJ]


Middle East

Arab World steering committee meet in Beirut to plan for future 2019-03-19 [ITF]
Seafarers stand united in the Arab World 2019-02-19 [ITF]
What is behind the sharp fall in number of Filipino workers in the Middle East? 2019-01-08 [Al Arabiya English]


Morocco

Women farm workers achieve justice on the job 2019-03-08 [Equal Times]
Persecution of union members 'totally unacceptable' 2019-02-19 [ITF]
Union office for Alsa-National Express to open in Tangier 2019-02-07 [ITF]


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

IFJ calls on Hamas government to stop harassing journalists in Gaza strip 2019-03-19 [IFJ]
Women in union struggle 2019-03-05 [Palestine committee of Norway]
Support the struggle for justice in Palestine 2019-02-19 [PSI]


Qatar

BWI Connect: Migrant Workers from Qatar joins unions in New Zealand 2019-02-27 [BWI]
BWI and SC publish second workers’ welfare progress report 2019-02-26 [BWI]
New Report Released on Qatar and UAE 2019-02-07 [BWI]


Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia announces new work rules for women 2019-01-21 [khaleejtimes]
IFJ Executive reinforces calls for international action to hold Saudi government accountable for Khashoggi murder 2018-11-22 [IFJ]
Outrage as Saudis Secretly Execute Indonesian Worker 2018-11-05 [Freedom United]


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

‘Made in Tunisia’: the worker-casualties of the globalisation of the textile industry 2019-03-14 [Equal Times]
‘Made in Tunisia’: the worker-casualties of the globalisation of the textile industry 2019-03-14 [Equal Times]
UGTT to set up support centers to defend migrant workers' rights 2019-02-18 [IUF]


United Arab Emirates

Migrant workers win labor case against UAE catering company 2019-01-22 [menafn]
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]


Yemen

10 illegally held journalists face special terror court 2019-02-22 [IFJ]
Cameraman killed and journalist wounded in bomb attack 2019-01-31 [IFJ]
What are the prospects for peace in Yemen in 2019 and beyond? 2019-01-18 [Equal Times]
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