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Labour news from the Middle East


Algeria

Population out in force for general strike in Algeria 2019-11-10 [IndustriALL]
Social and economic woes weigh heavily on Algeria’s future 2019-11-06 [Equal Times]
Social and economic woes weigh heavily on Algeria’s future 2019-11-06 [Equal Times]


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

Imprisonment of Uglu Factory workers for 15 days 2019-09-18 [CTUWS]
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]


Iran

Day four of the latest Haft Tappeh strike 2019-11-07 [SZAC]
Neda Naji: still in jail 190 days after May Day! 2019-11-06 [SZAC]
Esmail Bakhshi freed! 2019-10-30 [SZAC]


Iraq

Iraqi unions: “We want bread, not bullets” 2019-11-06 [IndustriALL]
Educators join nationwide demonstration 2019-11-04 [Education International]
Protests ramp up, shutting roads, offices and schools 2019-11-03 [France 24]


Israel

Whatssap sues Israel's NSO for allegedly helping spies hack phones 2019-11-10 [Radio New Zealand International]
23-year-old construction worker falls to his death in central Israel 2019-11-07 [Times of Israel]
Emergency training, a lifelong gift for foreign workers: New project focuses on training foreign workers to be first responders for medical emergencies. 2019-11-06 [Arutz Sheva]


Jordan

Pay deal ends strike by UN Palestinian agency workers 2019-11-04 [Arab News]
Palestinian refugee agency workers strike 2019-11-03 [Middle East Eye]
Teachers secure pay raise 2019-10-07 [The New Arab]


Kuwait

'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]
KOC not complying with government & CSC decisions, says KPC workers union 2019-06-10 [MENAFN]


Lebanon

“The revolution is changing me. It’s making me hope”: young women on the protests in Beirut 2019-11-07 [Opendemocracy]
Lebanon's Prime Minister resigns after 13 days of massive protests 2019-10-31 [Left Voice]
Women-led Lebanon protests inspire Middle east feminists 2019-10-28 [Deutsche Welle]


Libya

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]
14 Tunisian workers kidnapped in Libya 2019-02-17 [AFP]


Middle East

Stronger Unions! Stronger Network! 2019-10-21 [BWI]
The decades-old war on Palestinian workers 2019-08-23 [Al Jazeera]
IBF Agrees a Temporary Extended Risk Zone in the Strait of Hormuz 2019-08-13 [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

Journalists condemn court-ordered closure of 59 websites 2019-10-25 [IFJ]
Thank you, UK workers, for standing in solidarity with Palestine 2019-10-08 [Labour List]
WAC-MAAN and Kav LaOved demand to stop automatic dues payments by Palestinian workers to the Histadrut, instead allowing workers to choose to join WAC-MAAN 2019-09-29 [WAC-MAAN]


Qatar

BWI issues two major reports on Qatar 2019-11-10 [BWI]
Online petition: End Forced Labor 2019-11-07 [freedomeunited.org]
Labour laws and procedures in Qatar reviewed at ILO meeting 2019-11-07 [The Gulf Times]


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

“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]
PSI affiliates call on governments to restore rescue operations in the Mediterranean Sea 2019-06-26 [PSI]


United Arab Emirates

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]
ITF and UAE step up cooperation 2019-07-08 [ITF]


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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