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Labour news from the Middle East


Algeria

Algerians begin 3-day strike in protest of finance bill 2016-11-23 [MEM]
Teachers, others strike to protest finance bill 2016-11-22 [The Mail]
Teachers and medical workers threaten strikes over tax hikes and frozen wages 2016-11-20 [Associated Press]


Bahrain

مناقشة مقترح منع الاعتصامات و الإضرابات في البا 2016-11-19 [Alwasat newsletter ]
المنبر ترفض منع الاعتصامات و الإضرابات 2016-11-10 [Alwasat newsletter ]
الاتحاد الحر يرفض منع الإضرابات و الاعتصامات في البا 2016-11-10 [Alba Labour Union ]


Egypt

Message from the campaign to defend Trade Union Freedoms (Egypt) to the Arab Trade Union Confederation (ATUC) 2016-11-24 [CTUWS]
Court finds members of the journalists union guilty of sheltering fugitives 2016-11-20 [Ma'an News Agency]
Journalist Union head sentenced to two years jail 2016-11-20 [Middle East Eye]


Iran

Retired Haft Tappeh Sugar Cane Workers Protest 2016-12-03 [SZAC]
Workers Protest Outside Iranian Regime’s ‘parliament’ 2016-11-25 [SZAC]
Iranian regime prepares for class war 2016-11-20 [SZAC]


Iraq

Radio journo gunned down in Kirkuk 2016-12-09 [IFJ]
Parliament accepts proposal to pay Kurdish gov’t employees in return for oil 2016-12-06 [RUDAW]
Teachers clash with Iraqi security forces in protests over unpaid salaries 2016-11-20 [Middle East Eye]


Israel

Israeli Government to Admit 15,000 More Palestinian Workers 2016-12-07 [Hamodia]
Histadrut Emergency Intervention Ends El Al Crisis 2016-12-06 [Hamodia]
El Al pilots sign off on agreement winning them near 9% pay rise 2016-12-06 [Globes Israel]


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

Cleaning workers in Kuwait protest against unpaid salaries 2016-11-20 [Zawya]
UN urges Kuwait to abolish migrant labor system 2016-09-11 [Al-Arabiya]
Labor union reject fuel prices increase 2016-08-11 [The Times]


Lebanon

Hezbollah and the Workers: Its record shows that the party’s interests are more aligned with elites than with workers 2016-12-03 [Jacobin]
Syrian refugees in Lebanon: “If we could go back, we would’ve gone already” 2016-11-01 [Equal Times]
Waste crisis in Lebanon inspires ecological initiatives 2016-10-24 [Equal Times]


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

“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]
ILO launches safe migration project 2016-09-12 [Trade Arabia]


Morocco

Big protests over death of fishmonger demanding justice and dignity 2016-11-20 [Middle East Eye]
Fikri’s Death: Trade Unions Declare Three Days of Strike 2016-11-17 [MWN]
Protests after fisherman crushed to death in a garbage truck 2016-11-05 [Guardian]


Oman

Dedicated labour dispute court system for Oman: Tanfeedh 2016-11-28 [Time of Oman]
Haya Water reaches pact with striking workers 2016-11-10 [The Daily]
Agreement reached after workers strike 2016-11-07 [The Times]


Palestine

New initiative aims to protect Palestinian working women 2016-12-06 [Al-Monitor]
UNRWA employees begin strike to protest cuts in services 2016-11-21 [WAFA]
Gaza fishermen not permitted beyond 6-mile zone any time soon 2016-11-20 [Al-Monitor]


Qatar

Unions in Bangladesh join Swiss suit against FIFA over World Cup workers 2016-12-10 [Reuters]
Qatari and FIFA Pledges on Worker Rights Have Little Impact on Construction Companies 2016-12-06 [International Policy Digest]
Amnesty International draws attention to abused Qatari workers 2016-11-21 [The Tartan]


Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia has released about $1 billion in money to help laid-off migrant workers 2016-10-03 [WSJ]
Saudi and foreign workers unite to strike over unpaid wages 2016-09-22 [Middle East Eye]
Strike at privately-run hospital after salary delays 2016-09-20 [The Times-Union]


Syria

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]
Abandoned by the world, “Aleppo is sinking into darkness” 2016-08-09 [Equal Times]


Tunisia

Textile and garment union sees strong growth 2016-12-07 [IndustriALL Global Union]
Thousands of Tunisian lawyers join protest against new taxes 2016-12-07 [MEMO]
UGTT union threatens public sector general strike for Dec. 8 2016-12-07 [Reuters]


United Arab Emirates

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]
Airline pilots complain of dangerous fatigue in leaked documents 2016-07-30 [The Guardian]


Yemen

YJS reports more than 100 press freedom violations 2016-09-07 [IFJ]
DNO Yemen union wins case against Norwegian oil company 2016-09-02 [IndustriALL]
Seventh journalist killed in 2016 2016-08-10 [IFJ]
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