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Labour news from the Middle East


Algeria

Global unions call for urgent ILO intervention in Algeria 2020-02-15 [IndustriALL]
PSI denounces ongoing repression against independent unions 2020-02-12 [PSI]
Crackdown on independent trade unions 2020-02-06 [Open Democracy]


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

Ten icons of Egypts 2011 revolution now languishing in prison 2020-01-28 [Middle East Eye]
The road to exile:A love letter to exiles about revolutions, authoritarianism, and the brutal dictatorship in Egypt 2020-01-19 [Opendemocracy]
Giulio Regeni: Egypt tried to cover up murder, Italy says 2019-12-19 [BBC]


Iran

Students, workers protest in several Iranian cities 2020-02-14 [PMOI/MEK]
The Unspeakably Cruel And Shocking Punishment In Rajaei Shahr Prison 2020-02-14 [https://tsarizm.com/]
Regime officials confirm 1,500 killed in Iran’s nationwide protests 2020-02-14 [Iran News Wire]


Iraq

Two reporters shot dead in Basra 2020-01-13 [IFJ]
38 construction workers killed in Kurdistan 2019-12-30 [Shafaaq]
In Erbil, IFJ urges Kurdish President to fight impunity 2019-12-19 [IFJ]


Israel

Flexible hours are not sufficient to combat gender inequality at the workplace 2020-02-14 [Davar]
Not the way you would like to spend your retirement 2020-02-11 [Davar]
Workers declare a labor dispute over merger between ECI and Ribbon 2020-02-06 [Davar]


Jordan

Voices from the world of work: Garment factory workers in Jordan 2020-01-25 [ILO]
Statement of solidarity with the popular uprising of people, workers, and students in Iran 2019-12-06 [Amman Center for Human Right Studies (ACHRS)]
Garment sector remains barred for Nepali workers over low wage issue 2019-11-19 [The Post]


Kuwait

Ex-labor official calls for better protection, monitoring of OFWs 2020-01-04 [ABS/CBN]
'A serious violation of treaties': ITF warns Kuwait of potential breach of international law 2019-11-11 [ITF]
Workers strike at airport for better working conditions 2019-11-11 [AFP]


Lebanon

A thought for social workers in Lebanon during ongoing ‘week of rage’ protests 2020-01-23 [PSI]
Union threatens strike over assaults, insults 2020-01-04 [Zawya]
Lebanese migrant workers celebrate despite turmoil 2019-12-18 [AL-Monitor]


Libya

Journalist arbitrarily arrested by intelligence services at Tripoli airport 2019-12-19 [IFJ]
Union of Oil and Gas Workers demand pay rise 2019-08-26 [The Observer]
NOC calls for safe return of head of oil union taken in east 2019-05-05 [Reuters]


Middle East

Arab educators tackle diverse challenges to education and teachers in their region 2020-02-07 [EI]
Stronger Unions! Stronger Network! 2019-10-21 [BWI]
The decades-old war on Palestinian workers 2019-08-23 [Al Jazeera]


Morocco

Report highlights inequities caused by increased privatisation of education 2020-01-31 [IE]
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]


Oman

BWI Historic Mission to Oman 2020-02-15 [BWI]
PFUJ to celebrate 2020 as year of press freedom 2019-12-30 [Dawn]
Leading the way on workers’ rights in Oman 2019-07-28 [Times of Oman]


Palestine

Proposals on Israel/Palestine are an affront to Palestinians 2020-01-31 [Scoop World]
PJS records 760 violations against Palestinian journalists in 2019 2020-01-11 [IFJ]
EI condemns the temporary closure of the Jerusalem office of the Palestinian Authority Ministry of Education by Israeli authorities 2019-12-09 [Education International]


Qatar

End of Abusive Exit Permits for Migrant Workers 2020-01-20 [Human Rights Watch]
Qatar: End of Abusive Exit Permits for Most Migrant Workers 2020-01-20 [Human Rights Watch]
BWI issues two major reports on Qatar 2019-11-10 [BWI]


Saudi Arabia

ITF and Saudi Arabia commit to work closer together to support seafarers 2019-11-06 [ITF]
Khashoggi : A year without justice 2019-10-02 [IFJ]
Saudi Arabia announces new work rules for women 2019-01-21 [khaleejtimes]


Syria

Education union reports terrible toll of Turkish military aggression in Northeastern Syria 2019-10-25 [Education International]
Education International condemns Turkish aggression in Syria 2019-10-18 [Education International]
Two journalists killed and four injured in explosion in northern Syria 2019-10-16 [IFJ]


Tunisia

Tunisie : les taxis individuels maintiennent la grève 2020-02-16 [Kapitalis]
“La plupart des conflits collectifs du travail sont réglés dans le cadre des négociations collectives et du dialogue social” 2019-10-25 [Direct Info]
UNI Day Tunisia! 2019-07-10 [UNI Global Union]


United Arab Emirates

Indian consulate in Dubai comes to rescue of stranded worker 2020-01-14 [Khaleej Times]
Mandatory midday break for workers in UAE ends 2019-09-16 [Khaleej times]
Women's union launches Irtiwaa summer campaign for UAE workers 2019-08-23 [Contruction Week]


Yemen

Yemen’s hopes and expectations - Part 3: living conditions and humanitarian aid 2020-02-07 [Opendemocracy]
Union reports 134 rights violations in 2019 2020-01-11 [IFJ]
Stop targeting the press, says IFJ 2019-08-22 [IFJ]
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