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Labour news from the Middle East


Algeria

Council of Ministers Adopts Series of Measures in Favour of Workers, Students 2015-07-28 [ Algerie Presse Service ]
Tramway strike over union rights enters day six 2015-07-11 [ITF Global Union]
Labor Minister denies additional conditions for Egyptian workers 2015-07-06 [Egypt Independent]


Bahrain

How an 'Indian worker slapped' shocked an Arab nation 2015-08-24 [BBC]
Video: Beating of migrant worker in Bahrain stirs outrage 2015-08-24 [France24]
American Union Leader Trumka Denounces Administration’s Decision to Resume Military Aid to Bahrain 2015-07-03 [AFL-CIO]


Egypt

Coalition of 30 independent trade unions outline problems with new Civil Service law 2015-08-27 [Egypt Independent]
Police strike demanding better working conditions 2015-08-25 [Aswat Masriya]
Cops call off sit-in protest over working conditions 2015-08-25 [Ahram Online]


Iran

Several thousand lose stone cutting jobs in Fars 2015-08-25 [Radio Zamaneh]
Esmail Abdi - teacher union leader - transferred to ward 8 of Evin prison in Tehran ActNOW! 2015-08-24 [Iranian.com]
Esmail Abdi - Teacher Union Leader - Transferred to Ward 8 of Evin Prison ActNOW! 2015-08-24 [HRANA]


Iraq

Determined struggle brings Iraqi workers new labour law 2015-08-26 [IndustriALL Global Union]
Workers Win New Labor Law in Iraq 2015-08-25 [Solidarity Center]
Intl oil companies feel heat of Basra oil worker protests 2015-08-24 [Iraq Oil Report]


Israel

Hotel reps looking for refugee migrant workforce from Holot 2015-08-27 [Times of Israel]
Intel Israel offers employee bonuses for recruiting women 2015-08-27 [Globes Israel]
Egged subsidiary workers to strike Sunday, snarling bus lines 2015-08-27 [Times of Israel]


Jordan

Illegal workers given until October 1 to rectify status 2015-08-27 [Jordan Times]
Private school teachers' rights have been grossly violated says union 2015-08-24 [The Jordan Times]
Syndicate calls for ensuring non-Jordanian doctors are registered 2015-08-12 [The Jordan Times]


Kuwait

Rights for Kuwait Domestic Workers: ‘Cautiously Good Step’ 2015-07-09 [Solidarity Center]
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]


Lebanon

How a sanitation worker strike triggered demands for a Gvt cleanout 2015-08-24 [Albawaba]
Port workers suspend strike after Salam assures no more garbage dump 2015-08-20 [Lebanon Daily Star]
Beirut port workers strike over garbage dumping 2015-08-19 [albawaba]


Libya

Four Italian construction workers kidnapped in Libya 2015-07-21 [Middle East Online]
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]


Middle East

IS and climate change – an inconvenient truth for Republicans 2015-08-12 [Equal Times]
Shell’s global cull of 6,500 jobs will hardly hit Middle East 2015-07-31 [The National]
After Arab Spring, journalism briefly flowered and then withered 2015-07-28 [Washington Post]


Morocco

13,700 Moroccan Call Center Workers Win Union 2015-07-07 [Solidarity Center]
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]


Oman

MoM resolves strike at Oman Mining Company 2015-08-27 [The Daily]
Oman gets tough on worker safety 2015-08-26 [The Times]
More than 206,000 Omanis work in the private sector 2015-08-24 [Times Of Oman]


Palestine

Workers find strength through the PGFTU 2015-08-27 [Solidarity Center]
Gaza’s public sector workers join strikes 2015-08-26 [The Times]
Gaza public sector workers to strike Thursday 2015-08-26 [Ma'an News Agency]


Qatar

Qatar Airways will no longer sack cabin crew who become pregnant or marry 2015-08-27 [The Guardian]
Fire hits labour camp in Qatar 2015-08-25 [BWI]
Major labor reform law delayed (again) until November 2015-08-24 [Albawaba]


Saudi Arabia

Saudisation forces 130,000 contractors to close 2015-08-03 [Construction Week Online]
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]


Syria

The UN draws a purple line against C weapons in Syria 2015-08-21 [Equal Times]
Refugees from Syrians recruited as cheap agricultural workers in Turkey 2015-07-30 [Today's Zaman]
IFJ condemns killing of third Syrian journalist 2015-07-29 [IFJ]


Tunisia

Rise in Unemployment Rate of 15.2 Percent in Second Quarter of 2015 - INS 2015-08-20 [TAP]
Gvt and UGTT Examine Possibility to Delay Deduction of Strikers' Wages 2015-08-20 [TAP]
Brave Tunisian hotel workers to lose jobs 2015-08-12 [ArabianBusiness]


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

Teachers and children killed in attack 2015-08-21 [Education International]
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]
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