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Labour news from the Middle East


Algeria

IndustriALL condemns arrests of trade unionists in Algeria 2017-03-23 [IndustriALL]
ITUC Demands Release of Algerian Trade Unionists 2017-03-22 [ITUC]
Will there be a late Arab Spring in Algeria? 2017-02-10 [The National Review]


Bahrain

البحرين:اكثر من نصف مليون العمالة الأجنبية 2017-02-08 [Lmra]
V K Singh discusses labour issue in Bahrain 2017-02-05 [Business Standard]
Worker from India dies in Bahrain during pay protest 2017-02-05 [The Hindu]


Egypt

HRW: Egypt stifling the right to strike 2017-03-13 [Middle East Monitor]
IFFCO Egypt union leaders acquitted of criminal charges face retrial 2017-03-13 [IUF]
19 IFFCO workers in Suez acquitted from charges of striking 2017-03-13 [DNE]


Iran

Teachers hold nationwide demonstrations ActNOW! 2017-03-19 [Iran News Update]
Teachers protest poverty and imprisonment ActNOW! 2017-03-19 [Iran Focus]
Court drops flogging sentence against protesting miners 2017-03-19 [Radio Zamaneh]


Iraq

Kurdish woman reporter killed by bomb blast in Mosul 2017-03-01 [IFJ]
Women dealing with worsening harassment in the workplace 2017-02-05 [Al-Monitor]
Teachers unsafe in own classrooms:Union 2017-02-02 [Al-Monitor ]


Israel

Clal Insurance labor sanctions escalate 2017-03-27 [Globes Israel]
Yacimovich: I Can Do A Great Deal As Histadrut Leader 2017-03-27 [Yeshiva World]
Airports Authority workers committee chairman will support Shelly Yachimovich as head of the Histadrut 2017-03-27 [YNet News]


Jordan

Private school teachers reach collective agreement with employers 2017-03-13 [Jordan Times ]
Unifying guest worker fees could be harmful for agriculture sector, labourers, activists warn 2017-01-30 [Jordan Times]
Employees at Royal Falcon Airlines demanding overdue salaries 2017-01-30 [Jordan Times]


Kuwait

Kuwaiti govt work programme urged to give priority to citizens 2017-03-17 [zawya]
Domestic Workers Department shut down 27 domestic labor recruitment offices in 2016 after receiving several complaints 2017-02-12 [Arab Times]
Why one year on the domestic worker law is not working 2017-01-30 [Migrant Rights]


Lebanon

Positive spirit' absent as Lebanese protesters force PM into retreat 2017-03-26 [Albawaba]
Hundreds protest Lebanese parliament's proposed tax hikes 2017-03-26 [Reuters]
Thousands protest proposed tax hikes in Beirut 2017-03-20 [Arabnews]


Libya

EU to pay Libya to keep refugees out of Europe 2017-02-04 [ETUC]
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]


Middle East

Raising Arabic female teachers’ voices 2017-03-22 [Education International]
Unions in the Middle East and North Africa see growing participation of women 2017-03-08 [IndustriALL]
Closing the Gulf's gender gap 2017-03-07 [Arab Business]


Morocco

The Dramatic Story Of The ‘Mule Women’ Of Morocco 2017-03-19 [EurAsis Review]
Retirement not end of line for pioneering woman train driver 2017-01-26 [iTF]
Workers from throughout the country march in Agadir in support of rights for DOHA fish workers 2017-01-15 [IUF]


Oman

Number of factories in GCC increases, labour force doubles: GOIC report 2017-03-20 [muscatdaily]
477 arrested for labour law violations 2017-03-13 [Times of Oman]
Dozens of Indian workers stranded in Oman, not paid for months 2017-02-06 [Times of Oman]


Palestine

If Trump blocks financial assistance then Gaza public servants may not be paid 2017-03-20 [Al-Monitor]
Female beauty salon workers & hairdressers establish a trade union in Gaza 2017-03-18 [DWRC]
IFJ backs union’s 'uncompromising stand' on Palestinian police attacks on journalists 2017-03-15 [IFJ]


Qatar

Qatar given deadline to end abuse of migrant workers or face investigation 2017-03-23 [Reuters]
ILO sets November deadline to end abuse of migrant workers or face investigation 2017-03-23 [Middle East Monitor]
ITUC International Trade Union Confederation decries alleged inhumane treatment of migrant workers in Qatar 2017-03-23 [Gulf News]


Saudi Arabia

Saudi Labor Ministry to set up new councils to nationalize jobs 2017-03-25 [Arabnews]
Saudi Arabia to tighten restriction on foreign workers 2017-03-21 [khaleejtimes]
Man ‘held captive’ by employer in Saudi Arabia 2017-03-18 [The Hindu]


Syria

Over 800 health workers killed in Syrian 'war crimes': report 2017-03-15 [NST]
Study shows healthcare in Syria now a target of war 2017-03-15 [CNA]
The Syrian rappers caricaturing IS through hip hop 2017-02-23 [Equal Times]


Tunisia

Comparative study on criteria for union representation 2017-03-25 [TAP]
Suspension of classes: no agreement between Prime Ministry and UGTT 2017-03-24 [TAP]
Labour union calls for teachers not to strike 2017-03-23 [Middle East Monitor]


United Arab Emirates

Temporary People 2017-03-26 [The Economist]
UAE champions rights of domestic workers 2017-03-20 [gulfnews]
Tristar supports safety campaigns in Dubai and Sohar 2017-03-17 [arabiansupplychain]


Yemen

Workers and their families left to starve in Yemen by multinationals ActNOW! 2017-03-15 [Daily Vox]
Teachers on indefinite strike demand pay 2017-03-13 [Al Arabiya]
International support for fired Yemeni oil workers 2017-02-01 [Radio Labour]
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