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Labour news from the Middle East


Algeria

UGTA's solidarity with Saharawis confirms Algeria's historical, constant support to fair cause, says Bachir Mustapha Sayed 2016-05-03 [Sahara Press Service]
General Union of Algerian Workers joins condemnation of French media campaign against Algeria's President 2016-04-17 [Ennahar Online ]
ITUC Support for Algerian Teachers 2016-04-12 [ITUC]


Bahrain

Contacts to end workers' strike dismissed 2016-04-25 [Bna]
HRH Premier praises trade union pluralism in Bahrain 2016-04-25 [Bna]
Teachers’ activist freed after long campaign 2016-04-08 [Digital Journal]


Egypt

Journalists protest against arrests after 'raid' on union 2016-05-03 [Guardian]
On World Press Freedom Day, Egyptian journalists strike against increasing violations 2016-05-03 [Daily News Egypt]
Police Raid Journalists Syndicate in ‘Unprecedented Violation of Law’: Syndicate Head 2016-05-03 [Egyptian Streets]


Iran

Workers cry out against job insecurity 2016-05-03 [Radio Zamaneh]
Imprisoned Teacher Unionist Begins Hunger Strike to Protest Years Behind Bars for Peaceful Union Activities ActNOW! 2016-05-03 [ICHRI]
Female Teachers protest in Iran capital demanding job security 2016-05-03 [NCRI]


Iraq

New Video Documents Iraq Labor Law Passage 2016-05-02 [Solidarity Center]
Al Jazeera banned in Iraq 2016-04-29 [IFJ]
Unions back the 'white shirt' revolution 2016-03-30 [Stronger Unions]


Israel

Hundreds join Histadrut Tel Aviv May Day rally in Israel 2016-05-03 [Israel National News]
Former National Union of Journalists Chairman Elisha Spiegelman dead at 72 2016-04-26 [Jerusalem Post]
Treasury and Histadrut sign civil service pay agreement 2016-04-26 [Globes Israel]


Jordan

Queen, Crown Prince celebrate workers on their day 2016-05-03 [The Jordan Times]
King urges more efforts to serve Jordan as Kingdom marks Labour Day 2016-05-03 [The Jordan Times]
Unemployed Maanis claim solar projects hiring illegal guest workers' 2016-04-26 [The Jordan Times]


Kuwait

Three day oil worker strike demonstrates considerable opposition to Gvt austerity drive 2016-05-03 [Reuters]
Oil workers strike makes austerity drive tricky for government 2016-05-02 [The Times]
Panel to study unions’ demands for two weeks 2016-04-28 [The Times]


Lebanon

Communists mark Labor Day with call for secular state 2016-05-03 [Lebanon Daily Star]
An Ethiopian housemaid stabs Lebanese employer 2016-04-30 [Lebanon Daily Star]
Foreign worker limits needed to protect local staff 2016-04-30 [Lebanon Daily Star]


Libya

National Union of Libyan Workers prepares to throw a Labor Day ceremony 2016-05-03 [Libya Observer]
ISIS Tries To Sow Chaos In Libya To Scare Oil Workers Away 2016-04-25 [Oil Price]
Four Libya oilfields close, workers strike in a fifth 2016-04-25 [Al-Arabiya]


Middle East

East African domestic workers unions demand more protection for workers heading to Gulf states 2016-04-30 [Migrant Rights]
NGOs Send Letter to President Obama calling for discussion of human rights at GCC Summit 2016-04-19 [ADHRB]
Why has the World Forgotten Islamic State's Female Sex Slaves? 2016-04-15 [Human Rights Watch ]


Morocco

Union Leader Condemns Moroccan Govt. for ‘Reactionary Policy Towards Women’ 2016-05-02 [Morocco World News]
MENA auto unions meet in Morocco as car industry booms 2016-04-14 [IndustriALL]
Five Unions Call for National March to Protest Government’s Policy in Social dialogue 2016-03-28 [Morocco World News]


Oman

Trade union rescues 30 workers stranded at resort 2016-05-03 [Times of Oman]
AlSawadi Beach Resort closes leaving workers struggling to survive as wages go unpaid 2016-05-03 [Muscat Daily]
Workers’ union celebrates new headquarters 2016-05-02 [The Times]


Palestine

Education Ministry employees go on strike 2016-05-03 [Ma'an News Agency]
May Day marked amid high unemployment and harsh working conditions 2016-05-03 [Ma'an News Agency]
Top Palestinian journalist union leader detained on Israeli military orders 2016-05-03 [Guardian]


Qatar

Another World Cup Stadium foreign worker dies 2016-05-03 [AFP]
Five Bangladeshi workers killed in Qatar road crash 2016-04-28 [bdnews24]
Fifa launches body to protect World Cup workers in Qatar 2016-04-28 [GCR]


Saudi Arabia

Binladin Group employees set fire to buses in protest after huge layoffs 2016-05-03 [Reuters]
50,000 foreign workers sacked. Buses torched over unpaid wages 2016-05-03 [Middle East Eye]
Violent Protests As 77,000 Foreign Workers Given Exit Visas by Saudi Binladin Group Who Say Paid Dismissed Workers 2016-05-03 [Bloomberg]


Syria

Journalist reportedly killed by ISIS 2016-04-15 [IFJ]
Women’s sex slavery jolts Lebanon 2016-04-15 [Arab News]
Bring back the kidnapped cement workers! – The BWI condemns the brutal mass abduction in Syria 2016-04-12 [BWI]


Tunisia

Police clash with protestors organised by unemployed workers union 2016-04-16 [All Africa]
Ceremony to Pay Tribute to HPR Employees Who Saved Tourists in Bardo Museum Attack One Year Ago 2016-03-24 [TAP]
TAP Journalists and Staff Donate One-Day Salary to Anti-Terrorism Fund 2016-03-24 [TAP]


United Arab Emirates

Artists in Guggenheim Show Urge Museum to Resume Talks on Migrant Rights in Abu Dhabi 2016-04-30 [Hyperallergic]
Illegal Projections on Guggenheim Protest Labor Practices in UAE 2016-04-29 [ Observer]
The Guggenheim Doesn’t Want Labor Activists Interfering With Its Luxurious Abu Dhabi Outpost 2016-04-26 [The Nation]


Yemen

Call to act against torture and free Yemeni journalists 2016-04-26 [IFJ]
“Yemen’s problems could threaten the whole world” 2016-03-17 [Equal Times]
Industri Energi express concern about how DNO has treated workers 2016-03-09 [Industri Energi]
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