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Labour news from the Middle East


Algeria

Over 31,000 Foreigners in Algeria With Temporary Work Permits 2015-06-06 [Algerie Press Service]
Repeal of Article 87a of Labour Code to Be Applied Retroactively, Stresses Secretary General of the General Union of Algerian Workers (UGTA) Sidi Said 2015-05-30 [ Algerie Presse Service ]
President Bouteflika Receives Ferhat Hached Award of Human Dignity 2015-05-08 [Algerie Presse Service]


Bahrain

American Union Leader Trumka Denounces Administration’s Decision to Resume Military Aid to Bahrain 2015-07-03 [AFL-CIO]
Bahraini human and trade union rights defenders receive global Award 2015-06-18 [Education International]
Alba launches plant safety drive 2015-06-17 [Trade Arabia]


Egypt

2,000 workers in Misr-Iran Company temporarily suspended: Labour groups 2015-07-01 [DNE]
Over 45,000 quarry workers may be suspended: Syndicate leader 2015-06-29 [DNE]
Revolution and its discontents: The messy case of Egypt’s journalists union 2015-06-28 [Columbia Journalism Review]


Iran

Hamadan nurses hold protest over unpaid wages 2015-07-01 [Radio Zamaneh]
Teachers’ leader arrested, pressured over protests ActNOW! 2015-06-30 [Radio Zamaneh]
Human Rights lawyers demand for right to work succeeds - licence suspension reduced 2015-06-28 [Radio Zamaneh]


Iraq

IFJ joins Iraqi affiliate to commemorate the 146th anniversary of Iraqi Journalism 2015-07-01 [IFJ]
Photos: ISIS in mass execution of Iraqi oil workers 2015-06-15 [Heavy]
Workers protest for wage payment 2015-06-11 [Al-Monitor]


Israel

New collective agreement in the construction sector improves workers' employment conditions and increases the minimum wage 2015-07-03 [BWI]
Ultra-Orthodox now willing to wait tables 2015-07-01 [Al-Monitor]
Unions demand collective agreement to ensure vocational conditions 2015-07-01 [Jerusalem Post]


Jordan

Denmark-led programme to fund ILO project to combat child labour 2015-07-01 [Jordan Times]
1,500 Jordanian laborers to work in Israeli resort city 2015-06-14 [Ma'an News Agency]
Amman marks World Day Against Child Labour 2015-06-14 [The Jordan Times]


Kuwait

New Law a Breakthrough for Domestic Workers 2015-07-01 [Human Rights Watch]
Union leader from Kuwait chosen to lead Arab Labour Organisation 2015-04-22 [KUNA]
Union says 60 per cent of oil workers to receive bonus 2015-04-20 [Arab Times]


Lebanon

Hotline for Women Domestic Workers to Report Abuse 2015-06-30 [Ya Libnan]
Private sector unions, business, civil society come together to talk general strike 2015-06-29 [Lebanon Daily Star]
Immigrant domestic workers remain vulnerable to abuse 2015-06-27 [al Jazeera]


Libya

Cheated Benghazi nurses get their money back 2015-06-28 [Libyan Herald]
The Brutal Silencing of a Woman at the Forefront of Libya’s Rebellion 2015-06-10 [NY Times]
Airport strike suspended to allow injured to leave 2015-06-06 [ITF Global Union]


Middle East

Independent trade unions in the Arab countries 2015-06-29 [DWRC]
Arab World oil supply chain unions forge alliances for workers’ power 2015-06-18 [ITF]
Domestic Workers: ‘Bought and Paid for in the Gulf States’ 2015-06-17 [Solidarity Center]


Morocco

Peugeot plans new Morocco plant in bid to cut costs 2015-06-20 [Trade Arabia]
Call centre workers win historic recognition ballot 2015-06-18 [UNI Global Union]
Electricity workers strike against privatization 2015-05-30 [IndustriALL Global Union]


Oman

'Expat workers should get minimum wage in Oman’ 2015-06-17 [Times of Oman]
Expatriate workforce counted at 1.6 million by May 2015-06-17 [Times of Oman]
Expatriate workforce crosses 1.61mn mark; more than 1.3mn employed in private sector 2015-06-17 [Muscat Daily]


Palestine

More than 200 Palestinian teachers set to work in Qatar by September 2015-07-01 [Doha News]
UNRWA to cut 85 percent of international short-term staff 2015-06-30 [Ma'an News Agency]
Ambassador: Qatar to employ 20,000 Palestinians 2015-06-29 [Ma'an News Agency]


Qatar

Young Builders of Sweden Support Workers in Qatar 2015-07-01 [BWI]
Gvt says final Kafala reforms to be drafted by year-end 2015-07-01 [Doha News]
Qatar guilty, says ILO 2015-06-18 [ITF]


Saudi Arabia

Lifting the Veil: How Working Women Are Remaking Saudi Arabia 2015-06-24 [Der Spiegel]
Two airport workers jailed for sexual abuse of Iranian pilgrins 2015-06-11 [Washington Post]
Mass expulsions of migrant workers 2015-05-10 [Human Rights Watch]


Syria

IFJ condemns death of Al Jazeera cameraman in Syria 2015-07-01 [IFJ]
Continued chemical attacks prevent medics in Syria from doing their job 2015-06-03 [Equal Times]
350,000 Syrian workers risking their lives to build luxury in Lebanon 2015-05-09 [AlJazeera]


Tunisia

UNI condemns Tunisia terror attack 2015-07-01 [UNI Global Union]
‘Credible dialogue is needed to address burning issues’, says Kacem Afaya of UGTT 2015-06-29 [African Manager]
In Tunisia, the Cost of Fighting Terrorism Is Hurting Higher Education 2015-06-28 [Al-Fanar]


United Arab Emirates

One of the terrible ten worst countries for workers’ rights 2015-06-24 [Stronger Unions]
Hundreds of Dubai residents hand out water to workers who brave heat 2015-06-20 [The National]
How UAE employment law deals with strikes 2015-06-20 [Out-Law]


Yemen

IFJ appeals to UN Security Council for the protection of journalists over the Yemeni conflict 2015-06-23 [IFJ]
IFJ calls for release of news agency’s editor 2015-06-09 [NUJ]
IFJ and its Yemeni union urge immediate release of news agency’s editor 2015-06-06 [IFJ]
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