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Labour news from the Middle East


Algeria

For 7 months 17 crew stranded in Algeria : A human rights disgrace ITF says 2017-01-17 [Hellenic Shipping News]
Jailed journalist Mohamed Tamalt dies in coma 2016-12-26 [Al Jazeera]
Algerians begin 3-day strike in protest of finance bill 2016-11-23 [MEM]


Bahrain

In Bahrain it is dangerous to defend quality journalism 2017-01-17 [IFJ]
مناقشة مقترح منع الاعتصامات و الإضرابات في البا 2016-11-19 [Alwasat newsletter ]
المنبر ترفض منع الاعتصامات و الإضرابات 2016-11-10 [Alwasat newsletter ]


Egypt

Act now to defend food workers union 2017-01-20 [Stronger Unions]
Court postpones Press Syndicate leaders’ appeal against imprisonment, final verdict on 25 February 2017-01-18 [DNE]
Pharmacists Syndicate postpones partial strike after call from presidency 2017-01-18 [DNE]


Iran

Alborz Province Painters’ Union in solidarity with the rescue workers and firefighters who died at the Plasco building 2017-01-22 [SZAC]
At Least 20 Firefighters Dead After Tehran Tower Collapse, Mayor Says 2017-01-20 [RFE/RL]
Protest Gathering of Labor Union in Front of Iran Regime's Parliament 2017-01-07 [NCRI]


Iraq

How their enemies get by with killing Iraqi journalists 2017-01-13 [Al-Monitor]
Afrah Shawqi: Iraqi journalist kidnapped from Baghdad home 2017-01-03 [Guardian ]
Radio journo gunned down in Kirkuk 2016-12-09 [IFJ]


Israel

Brit Trade unionists gather for conference on ‘turning back the tide’ of Israel boycotts 2017-01-22 [Jewish Chrnicle]
Far-right's new target: Arab bus drivers 2017-01-21 [Al-Monitor]
Construction deaths rise some 40percent in 2016 2017-01-16 [Ha'aretz]


Jordan

Dozens of illegal Syrian workers caught in Amman 2016-11-20 [Jordan Times]
Illegal guest workers prohibited from wiring money abroad 2016-10-11 [Jordan Times]
Association calls for improving public sector dentists’ working conditions 2016-09-11 [Jordan Times]


Kuwait

Kuwait Airways' workers union to go ahead with protest despite requests to halt it 2017-01-09 [Arabian Business]
Workers union responds to KAC statement; sit-in still underway 2017-01-09 [The Times]
Union chief reiterates oil workers’ demands 2016-12-28 [Kuwait Times]


Lebanon

Bank Union renews employment contract agreement 2016-12-28 [Lebanon Daily Star]
“No one knows the sites of all the mass graves in Lebanon” 2016-12-15 [Equal Times]
Migrant worker union members are being arrested in Lebanon 2016-12-14 [PRI]


Libya

Airport workers strikes after pay delayed by months 2016-12-04 [The Observer]
Sharif - 1st Arab woman to assume Presidency, lead union federation 2016-09-11 [ATUC]
State workers given extra day for Eid break 2016-09-11 [Libya Herald]


Middle East

Gulf Countries and Forced Labour 2016-12-13 [ITUC]
“The Middle East will bring an the end to the EU” 2016-11-15 [Equal Times]
UNRWA workers on strike in four countries over low wages 2016-09-19 [al Bawaba]


Morocco

Workers from throughout the country march in Agadir in support of rights for DOHA fish workers 2017-01-15 [IUF]
Morocco’s imperfect solution to a forgotten migrant crisis 2017-01-06 [equal times]
Is the world’s largest solar project a “green megawatt” or a “green grab”? 2016-12-23 [equal times]


Oman

Omanization in private sector targeted in forthcoming labor law 2017-01-17 [Albawaba]
Court to speed up resolution of labour disputes 2017-01-15 [The Times]
More workers in Oman airing complaints online 2016-12-28 [Times of Oman]


Palestine

DWRC undertake a series of legal clinics in cooperation with Women’s Center for Legal Aid and Counselling. 2017-01-16 [DWRC]
Restaurant and Tourism Company Workers Establish a Union in Ramallah. 2017-01-16 [DWRC]
Gaza security forces assault journalists amid power crisis protests 2017-01-15 [Ma'an News Agency]


Qatar

Sundance: ‘The Workers Cup’ profiles working conditions in Qatar through soccer lens 2017-01-18 [Salt Lake Tribune]
Backtracking On Labor Rights And Cooperation With Russia Reflects New World Order – Analysis 2017-01-18 [Eurasia Review]
Law reforms leave intact abuse , exploitation of migrant workers 2017-01-13 [HRW]


Saudi Arabia

Divorce and workingwomen 2017-01-08 [Saudi Gazette]
Foreign construction workers flogged for bus burning protest over 6 months pay owed 2017-01-06 [Independent]
Foreign workers jailed, flogged over unpaid wages protest 2017-01-06 [Middle East Eye]


Syria

The Kurdish woman building a feminist democracy and fighting ISIS at the same time 2017-01-07 [Independent]
As Syrians spread across Europe, so does their food 2016-09-21 [Equal Times]
Bob Crow brigade '30 miles' from IS-stronghold of Raqqa in Syria 2016-08-17 [Middle East Eye]


Tunisia

Nobel Prize winning UGTT meets to elect new chief 2017-01-23 [News24]
Detained Islamic State suspect says Tunisian journalists were executed 2017-01-09 [Middle East Eye]
Presence of Israeli journalist in Tunisia condemned By UGTT affiliate 2016-12-21 [MEMO]


United Arab Emirates

VIDEO: Meet the Migrant Workers Building Trump International Golf Club in Dubai 2017-01-06 [VICE]
Dubai's ruler orders management shake-up after abscences 2016-08-31 [Fairfax media]
Labour mobility reforms create winners and losers 2016-08-24 [The National]


Yemen

Unpaid workers are left in the lurch as multinationals leave Yemen ActNOW! 2017-01-16 [TRT World]
Public sector employees protest in Houthi-held Sanaa over unpaid wages 2017-01-16 [The National]
Oil company DNO targeted by unions ActNOW! 2017-01-15 [IndustriALL]
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