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Labour news from the Middle East


Algeria

Human and trade union rights activists under pressure 2016-01-30 [Equal Times]
Algeria: human and trade union rights activists under pressure 2016-01-28 [Equal Times]
Human and trade union rights activists under pressure 2016-01-28 [Equal Times]


Bahrain

ITF protests over dismissal of Bahrain ports union leader 2015-11-26 [ITF Global Union]
ITF protests over dismissal of Bahrain ports union leader 2015-11-25 [ITF]
ITUC: Sheikh Salman’s bid for Fifa presidency is ‘not credible’ 2015-10-26 [Guardian]


Egypt

Photojournalist Shawkan Transferred to Solitary Prison Cell, Hearing Postponed 2016-02-09 [Egyptian Streets]
Autopsy Reveals Giulio Regeni Suffered ‘Inhuman Violence’ in Egypt Killing 2016-02-09 [Egyptian Streets]
Flowers Laid for Murdered Italian Student Writing About Egyptian Union Movement 2016-02-09 [Egyptian Streets]


Iran

TV network investigating female anchor’s harassment claims 2016-02-10 [Radio Zamaneh]
5 Khatoon Abad Copper mine workers were released on bail - 23 workers still in custody 2016-02-10 [IASWI]
Worker advocates lament collapse of purchasing power 2016-02-09 [Radio Zamaneh]


Iraq

Civil unrest in Kurdistan rises as police strike, join protests 2016-02-09 [Iraq Oil Report]
Teachers’ salary arrears must be paid immediately 2016-02-04 [Education International]
Thousands of Iraqi Kurdistan teachers strike 2016-02-01 [AFP]


Israel

Histadrut Strike Threat Yields Bonuses for City Workers 2016-02-10 [Hamodia]
Israel eyes more entry permits to Palestinian workers to douse tensions 2016-02-09 [Reuters]
Tel Aviv service offers cleaners priced by ethnic origin 2016-02-09 [+972 Magazine]


Jordan

‘ILO ready with plan to help refugees, hosts access decent jobs’ 2016-02-01 [The Jordan Times]
ILO chief to visit Jordan ahead of refugee donor meeting 2016-01-26 [The Jordan Times]
30,000 domestic helpers in Jordan are ‘irregular’ — study 2015-12-22 [The Jordan Times]


Kuwait

Progress on domestic workers rights 2016-02-09 [HRW]
Union protests ‘unlawful’ chairman election 2016-02-09 [Kuwait Times]
Union slams oil minister over workers’ rights 2016-02-03 [Kuwait Times]


Lebanon

Residency Rules Put Syrians at Risk of Labour Exploitation and Abuse 2016-01-14 [Human Rights Watch]
Holiday revelry contrasts with the difficult daily lives of hotel and household workers from the Philippines 2016-01-02 [National Catholic Register]
Hashish Harvest Workers From Syria Stranded in Lebanon 2015-12-31 [High Times]


Libya

Help make life better for women trade unionists in Libya ActNOW! 2016-01-02 [Stronger Unions]
IFJ condemns threats by Libyan official authorities against the journalism community 2015-12-01 [IFJ]
GNC urges state sector pay rises as Audit Bureau warns cash running out 2015-11-30 [Libya Herald]


Middle East

Arab cartoonists hope to prove the pen is mightier than the sword 2016-01-15 [Equal Times]
IFJ concerned leading news website blocked in 3 Arab countries 2016-01-12 [IFJ]
Empowering Women, Building Leaders in the Arab Maghreb 2016-01-06 [Solidarity Center]


Morocco

Unions call for general strike againsty auserity policies on Feb. 24 2016-02-11 [Reuters]
Vicious union-busting at Moroccan fish canner DOHA 2016-02-09 [IUF]
Stalemate continues at Morocco’s only oil refinery 2016-02-05 [IndustriALL]


Oman

Ministry of Finance indefinitely stops bonuses for gov't employees 2016-01-01 [ArabianBusiness]
Bonus freeze for government employees 2015-12-30 [The Daily]
I55 labour law violaters arrested 2015-12-29 [Muscat Daily]


Palestine

Hunger striking Palestinian journalist is dying, lawyer says 2016-02-10 [+972 Magazine]
New work permit requirements outrage Palestinians in Jordan 2016-02-06 [Al-Monitor]
There is nothing happy about this new year for Palestinian workers 2016-02-03 [Equal Times]


Qatar

Gvt of Bangladesh demanding big pay increase for 300,000 nationals going to work in Qatar 2016-02-09 [Dhaka Tribune]
World Cup dream is a nightmare for workers 2016-02-01 [Stronger Unions]
A Faith German Cardinal Pleads With Soccer Fans to Boycott 2022 World Cup in Qatar 2016-01-01 [The Blaze]


Saudi Arabia

Kerala workers thrashed by Saudi employer 2015-12-25 [Newzy.net]
Shocking Video Shows Saudi Employer Brutally Attacking Three Indian Workers 2015-12-25 [India Times]
This Is What Justice Looks Like in Saudi Arabia for a Migrant Domestic Worker 2015-12-22 [The New Republic]


Syria

Made in Turkey, stitched by Syrian children 2016-02-09 [BBC]
ILO calls for intl. help to face Syrian crisis 2016-02-01 [MNA]
SYRIAN “J’ACCUSE” DIRECTED AT THE UN 2016-01-29 [equal times]


Tunisia

WFTU condemns the curfew in Tunisia 2016-02-01 [WFTU]
The Impeccable Narrative Around Tunisian Workers' Syndicate 2016-02-01 [Jadaliyya]
WFTU statement on the situation in Tunisia 2016-01-28 [WFTU]


United Arab Emirates

A Move to Protect Migrant Workers 2015-11-02 [Human Rights Watch]
Law to protect migrant workers fails to cover domestics 2015-11-02 [The Independent]
Country imprisoning rape victims, many of them domestic workers, under extramarital sex laws 2015-10-26 [Guardian]


Yemen

New reports of torture against kidnapped journalists 2016-02-03 [IFJ]
Three AlJazeera media staff abducted 2016-01-22 [IFJ]
Coke is hit: Coca-Cola’s Yemen factory is obliterated in a fireball 2015-12-31 [Daily Mail]
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