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Labour news from the Middle East


Algeria

Trade union repression continues in Algeria 2019-06-22 [IndustriALL]
Labor in Algeria’s Revolt 2019-05-12 [Jacobin]
Rank-and-file revolt gears up inside Algeria’s UGTA 2019-05-01 [MENA Solidarity Network]


Bahrain

GFBTU and IDWF Signed MOU on Protection of Domestic Workers’ Rights in Bahrain 2019-06-16 [EIN]
Refugee footballer Hakeem al-Araibi freed 2019-02-13 [ITUC]
Contracts stating rights of domestic workers mandatory from next month 2019-01-05 [GDN]


Egypt

Sisi signs amendments to law regulating trade unions 2019-08-06 [Today]
Trade union leaders call on Egypt's military regime to release Hisham Fouad and Haitham Mohamedain 2019-07-24 [Socialist Worker]
Trade union leaders call on Egypt's military regime to release Hisham Fouad and Haitham Mohamedain 2019-07-21 [Mena Solidarity Network]


Iran

Nasrin Javadi, labor activist sentenced to 7 years in prison, 74 lashes 2019-08-21 [NCRI]
Marzieh Amiri’s sham trial 2019-08-15 [SZAC]
Sepideh Gholian’s defence lawyer threatened with arrest 2019-08-11 [SZAC]


Iraq

Trade union leaders bring educators' views to the Kurdistan Parliament 2019-08-09 [Education International]
The faces behind the oil America went to war for 2019-07-05 [Equal Times]
Oil workers move to reclaim power for the people in Iraq 2019-05-29 [People's World]


Israel

More than 5,000 new Palestinian Arab union members in the Histadrut 2019-08-14 [Davar Rishon]
Cleaning up - the hidden revolution in the corridors of Israel's hospitals: ending contracted employees one workplace at a time 2019-08-14 [Davar Rishon]
Thousands rally against deporting Israel-born kids of foreign workers 2019-08-07 [Times Of Israel]


Jordan

It’s all about people: how focusing on workers improves productivity in Jordanian factories 2019-08-10 [World Bank]
National Labour Law should uphold trade union rights, not deny them 2019-05-25 [EI]
Union signs major agreement for decent jobs with APM terminals 2019-05-25 [ITF]


Kuwait

KOC not complying with government & CSC decisions, says KPC workers union 2019-06-10 [MENAFN]
KOC not complying with government & CSC decisions, says KPC workers union 2019-06-09 [The Arab Times]
Kuwait deports 17,000 illegal foreigners in 2018 2019-01-22 [gulfnews]


Lebanon

Time for government to protect press freedom, says IFJ 2019-08-21 [IFJ]
After strike threat, Lebanese bakers are allowed to hire more Syrians 2019-08-04 [The National]
Lebanon university strike threatens students’ futures 2019-06-11 [Al-Monitor]


Libya

NOC calls for safe return of head of oil union taken in east 2019-05-05 [Reuters]
14 Tunisian workers kidnapped in Libya 2019-02-17 [AFP]
Photographer killed during clashes between militia near Tripoli 2019-01-21 [IFJ]


Middle East

IBF Agrees a Temporary Extended Risk Zone in the Strait of Hormuz 2019-08-13 [ITF]
Crews of Some Ships Can Refuse to Sail Through Hormuz: Union 2019-08-04 [Bloomberg]
ITF mobilising Arab World unions to respond to seafarers under threat from unscrupulous shipowners 2019-07-01 [ITF]


Morocco

Workers Protest Morocco’s Moves to Limit Strikes 2019-08-06 [Solidarity Center]
American Labor Organization Urges Morocco to Review Legislation on Labor, Right to Strike 2019-08-04 [MWN]
Casablanca Garbage Workers On Strike 2019-08-04 [MWN]


Oman

Leading the way on workers’ rights in Oman 2019-07-28 [Times of 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]


Palestine

Israeli forces injure 3 journalists at West Bank and Gaza protests 2019-08-10 [CPJ]
Journalist kicked by police officer 2019-08-07 [IFJ]
WAC-MAAN signs Collective Agreement at N.A. Metal in Mishor Adumim, Area C 2019-07-31 [WAC-Maan]


Qatar

Officials of two companies arrested over non-payment of salaries after peaceful strike by workers: GCO 2019-08-17 [The Peninsula]
Defying the law, migrant workers launch strike 2019-08-09 [Human Rights Watch]
BWI welcomes the FIFA’s decision to remain with 32 teams for the FIFA 2022 World Cup Qatar 2019-05-28 [BWI]


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

Fixer, black market money charger, kidnapper: navigating Syria’s dystopian job market 2019-06-06 [Equal Times]
The IFJ demands the release of journalist Mohammad Tawfiq al-Saghir 2019-06-06 [IFJ]
New video released of missing Japanese journalist 2018-08-02 [IFJ]


Tunisia

UNI Day Tunisia! 2019-07-10 [UNI Global Union]
PSI affiliates call on governments to restore rescue operations in the Mediterranean Sea 2019-06-26 [PSI]
Abandoned at sea: crew sent home after 13 months marooned off Tunisia 2019-06-10 [ITF]


United Arab Emirates

Women's union launches Irtiwaa summer campaign for UAE workers 2019-08-23 [Contruction Week]
ITF and UAE step up cooperation 2019-07-08 [ITF]
Migrant workers win labor case against UAE catering company 2019-01-22 [menafn]


Yemen

Stop targeting the press, says IFJ 2019-08-22 [IFJ]
Journalist Yahya al-Sawari must be released immediately 2019-07-19 [IFJ]
IFJ demands release of tortured journalists 2019-05-01 [IFJ]
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