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Labour news from the Middle East


Algeria

IFJ Pays its Respects to Algerian Colleague Nadir Benseba 2014-08-11 [IFJ]
The secret history behind the Algeria-Germany World Cup duel - and trade union involvement 2014-07-13 [EuraAsia Review]
URGENT ACTION: Government of Algeria must recognize NOW workers' right to form independent trade unions 2014-06-03 [IUF]


Bahrain

Demanding freedom for Bahrain's teacher union leader 2014-10-17 [Stronger Unions]
Labour Ministry holds workshop on workers' safety 2014-09-28 [BNA]
Education International calls for release of teacher 2014-09-14 [Education International]


Egypt

Doctors Syndicate warns of hosting African Nations Cup because of Ebola 2014-10-27 [Egypt Independent]
Business community rejects independent trade unions 2014-10-22 [Daily News Egypt]
FEI rejects minister’s approval of independent union 2014-10-21 [The Daily News]


Iran

Fearing privatization, Iranian mine workers strike 2014-10-28 [Al-Monitor]
Fearing privatization, mine workers strike 2014-10-28 [Al-Monitor]
MP complains of mass firing at Kurdistan university 2014-10-27 [Radio Zamaneh]


Iraq

Brave struggle of Iraqi energy unions inspires the movement 2014-10-31 [IndustriALL Global Union]
Union reports ISIS Executes Municipal Workers in Tikrit 2014-10-29 [Solidarity Center]
IFJ Appalled by Brutal Murder of Iraqi Journalist by IS Group 2014-10-14 [IFJ]


Israel

Police recommend prosecuting Ashdod port union chief Hassan 2014-10-30 [Jerusalem Post]
Defense minister denies banning Palestinian Arab workers from buses 2014-10-30 [Times of Israel]
Israel starts work on new seaport, Haifa port workers strike 2014-10-30 [Hellenic SHipping News]


Jordan

Back to work at Jordan’s Aqaba Container Teminal – but the wounds need healing 2014-10-27 [The LoadStar]
Trade Union wins in Aqaba port dispute 2014-10-27 [ITF Global Union]
Trade union wins in Aqaba dispute 2014-10-22 [Shipping News]


Kuwait

Fifty years later, things get tense: union slams Saudi 'unilateral' halt to joint output 2014-10-20 [albawaba]
Oil union slams Saudi halt to joint output 2014-10-19 [The Straits Times]
“The Kafala is a System of Slavery,” an interview with the KTUF 2014-08-02 [Migrant Rights]


Lebanon

EDL workers to stage new strike 2014-10-30 [The Daily Star]
Parliament to convene as protests rage over wage hike 2014-10-01 [Zawya]
Contract workers draw blood over EDL dispute 2014-09-23 [Zawya]


Libya

UNI MENA meets Libyan UGTL in Tunis - strengthening the ties 2014-03-04 [UNI Global Union]
IFJ Gravely Concerned for Safety & Freedom of Media in Libya 2014-02-18 [IFJ]
Support crumbles in east Libya for oil blockade leader 2014-02-01 [Defence Web]


Middle East

Midday work ban puts focus on Gulf labour rights 2014-06-24 [Gulf News]
Big three Gulf airlines brush aside obstacles in pursuit of dominance 2014-06-09 [Guardian]
Refugee Women Contend With Domestic Abuse, Sexual Exploitation 2014-02-17 [VOA]


Morocco

IndustriALL in solidarity with Moroccan general strike 2014-10-29 [IndustriALL Global Union]
Unions: “the decision to strike is final” 2014-10-28 [World News]
On Eve of National Strike, Head of Govt. Says He Has Good News for Moroccans 2014-10-28 [Morocco World News]


Oman

900 HED workers unpaid 2014-09-25 [Labour Watch]
Hundeds of workers found violating Oman labour law 2014-08-05 [Muscat Daily]
Labour law violations can be reported to trade unions 2014-08-04 [The Observer]


Palestine

Israel’s Attorney General Orders Explanation of Palestinian Workers Bus Ban 2014-10-30 [JTA, via New York Jewish Week]
PA transfers money for salaries of former Gaza govt employees 2014-10-29 [Ma'an News Agency]
24,000 Hamas civil servants finally receive wages from Palestinian unity government 2014-10-29 [Jerusalem Post]


Qatar

Cameron must condemn modern slavery in Qatar, says the TUC 2014-10-28 [TUC]
The truth about the luxury of Qatar Airways 2014-10-19 [Expressen]
TUC launches ‘Playfair Qatar’ campaign as FIFA’s Zwanziger goes rogue 2014-09-29 [Stronger Unions]


Saudi Arabia

What's Saudization going to take? 30,000 jobs a year 2014-10-12 [albawaba]
Abuse, deceit and slave labour suffered by Cambodian workers in Saudi Arabia 2014-09-20 [Phnom Penh Post]
Cheated Indian women workers still stranded 2014-08-15 [Arab News]


Tunisia

UGTT to play kingmaker role after Tunisia elections 2014-10-27 [Middle East Eye]
Tunisians Demand Higher Wages 2014-10-08 [allAfrica]
UGTT locks horns with Gvt over demand for higher wages in election atmosphere 2014-10-07 [Magharebia]


United Arab Emirates

Rights group: Migrant workers abused in UAE homes 2014-10-23 [The Times-Union]
UAE: Trapped. Exploited, Abused - Migrant Domestic Workers Get Scant Protection 2014-10-23 [Human Rights Watch]
'I Already Bought You': Abuse and Exploitation of Female Migrant Domestic Workers in the United Arab Emirates 2014-10-23 [Human Rights Watch]


Yemen

IFJ Demands Immediate Halt to Bombardment of Yemen State TV Offices 2014-09-20 [IFJ]
Journalist Killed in Yemen: IFJ Repeats Demand for Increased Media Protection 2014-08-21 [IFJ]
Workers Unions Seeks more rights and involvement in the Constitution Drafting Committee 2014-07-14 [Yemen Post]
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