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Labour news from the Middle East


Algeria

Trade unionists arrested at protest 2019-01-07 [IndustriALL]
Airplanes take off without maintenance 2018-11-15 [MEM]
IndustriALL files OECD complaint against General Electric 2018-10-30 [IndustriALL]


Bahrain

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]
Trade union urges pension bill rethink 2018-07-29 [GDN]


Egypt

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]
Giulio Regeni: Italy names Egyptian agents as murder suspects 2018-11-30 [The Guardian]


Iran

Labour rights activists at imminent risk of further torture 2019-01-23 [Amnesty International]
Esmail Bakhshi re-arrested! 2019-01-21 [SZAC]
Urgent: Labour activist Esmail Bakhshi is re-arrested 2019-01-21 [CFPPI ]


Iraq

In Iraq, trade unions are helping to rebuild popular power 2019-01-05 [Equal Times]
In Iraq, trade unions are helping to rebuild popular power 2019-01-05 [Equal Times]
Influx of Iranian migrant workers worries Kurdish labor union 2018-11-14 [RUDAW]


Israel

Teva Threatened With Strike at Main Plant for Making Top-selling Copaxone Drug 2019-01-08 [Haaretz]
Police Arrest 80 Illegal Arab Workers 2019-01-08 [Hamodia]
State Comptroller Slams Israel Aerospace Industries' Problematic Ties With Workers' Union 2018-12-31 [Haaretz]


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]
Malgré leurs diplômes et leur volonté, les Jordaniennes n’accèdent pas au marché du travail et veulent que cela change 2018-12-07 [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

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]
Parts of Lebanon go on strike to protest economic conditions 2019-01-04 [Yahoo]


Libya

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]
NOC Faces Labor Strike Demanding Wage Raise 2018-12-08 [Asharq al-Awsat]


Middle East

What is behind the sharp fall in number of Filipino workers in the Middle East? 2019-01-08 [Al Arabiya English]
Young trade union leaders in MENA region complete training 2018-12-19 [IndustriALL]
Foreign maids on 'hell' of kafala jobs in Middle East 2018-10-24 [BBC]


Morocco

Local government employees stage nationwide strike 2019-01-20 [The Arab Weekly]
Moroccan unions launch “Month of Anger” 2019-01-11 [IndustriALL]
Wave of Protests to Hit Morocco with ‘Month of Anger’ in January 2019 2018-12-30 [World News]


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

Israeli forces open fire at farmers, fishermen in Gaza 2019-01-22 [Maan]
Thousands of Palestinians Strike in West Bank Over PA Social Security Law 2019-01-16 [Haaretz]
Palestinian Authority pulls staff from Gaza border crossing with Egypt 2019-01-08 [The National]


Qatar

Government 'has modified' controversial labour laws after World Cup outcry 2018-12-06 [Euronews]
Four years to go but little World Cup joy for Qatar workers 2018-11-21 [The Digital Journal]
ILO praises Qatar's steps to protect workers' rights 2018-11-08 [The Times]


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

Union plans new strike over wages 2019-01-21 [Qantara]
A powerful union of workers launches a new call for general strike 2019-01-20 [The Daily Voice]
‘None of the revolution’s ideals have been achieved’: Eight years later, Tunisia reflects on the Arab Spring 2019-01-20 [The Independent]


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

What are the prospects for peace in Yemen in 2019 and beyond? 2019-01-18 [Equal Times]
IFJ demands the release of journalist Bin Makhashin 2019-01-10 [IFJ]
END IMPUNITY CAMPAIGN 2018: Yemen country report 2018-10-26 [IFJ]
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