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Labour news from the Middle East


Algeria

5,000 police used to stop energy workers’ march 2017-07-26 [IndustriALL Global Union]
Nasty anti-migrant campaign grows as Algeria gives legal status to black African workers 2017-07-06 [Quartz]
Legal status granted to African migrants amid worker shortages, racism 2017-07-04 [Euronews]


Bahrain

New Union Formed for Transportation Sector 2017-08-16 [Aviation Pros]
IFJ condemns closure of Al Wasat newspaper and calls on the Bahraini government to stop intimidating independent journalists 2017-06-29 [IFJ]
Construction workers' salary arrears to be paid soon 2017-06-10 [BNA]


Egypt

Hundreds of Spinning and Weaving Company workers move sit-in to Giza’s Talaat Harb Square 2017-08-16 [Egypt Independent ]
Textile workers go on strike in Egypt's Mahalla over salary raise 2017-08-15 [Ahram Online]
Over 6,000 Mahalla workers strike over delayed bonuses 2017-08-08 [Egypt Independent]


Iran

ITF Calls for the Immediate Release of Reza Shahabi 2017-08-21 [Iran Focus]
Labor Activist Reza Shahabi Forced to Stay Behind Bars Until December 2018 Despite Completing Sentence 2017-08-21 [Payvand]
Labor Activist Forced to Stay Behind Bars Until December 2018 Despite Completing Sentence 2017-08-19 [ICHRI]


Iraq

Gvt staff told to down tools in heatwave 2017-08-16 [BBC]
Iraqi unions urge parliament to reject social security bill 2017-08-11 [IndustriALL]
The Iraqi Government Must Listen to the Stakeholders: Repeal the Social Security Draft Law 2017-08-10 [ Iraqi Civil Society Solidarity Initiative ]


Israel

Long Weekend’ Bill in Jeopardy 2017-08-18 [Jewish Press]
Knesset Long Weekend law hits snag 2017-08-18 [Jerusalem Post]
Three construction workers killed in space of five hours 2017-08-18 [Times of Israel]


Jordan

Women academics ‘widely discriminated against’ — report 2017-08-15 [Jordan Times]
Sisters in solidarity: the communal care of domestic workers in the Middle East 2017-08-15 [Open Democracy]
Trade unions federation issues freelance work permits to Syrians 2017-08-06 [The Times]


Kuwait

GOC labor union official ‘decries’ number of death cases of workers – Company held responsible 2017-06-25 [Arab Times]
Kuwait Labor Law: Lawmakers mull 35-day annual leave 2017-04-10 [zawya]
Maid: My Kuwaiti employer was trying to kill me 2017-04-08 [Middle East Eye]


Lebanon

Government moves to increase teachers’ salaries 2017-07-27 [Education International]
Divisions Over Taxes Delaying Salary Hikes for Public Sector 2017-07-04 [albawaba]
Website helps Lebanon's domestic migrant workers expose abuse 2017-06-18 [Al-Monitor]


Libya

Launching an initiative to strengthen professional solidarity between journalists 2017-07-15 [IFJ]
Oil workers return after protest over death - production resumes 2017-06-13 [Libyan Express]
Largest oil field Sharara reopens after workers end strike 2017-06-10 [Libyan Herald]


Middle East

Domestic workers claiming rights under the kafala system 2017-08-18 [Open Democracy]
Al-Jazeerah head backs some form of trade union in Doha 2017-07-26 [Middle East Eye]
Towards a Trade Union policy to eliminate child labour in the Arab States 2017-07-14 [ILO]


Morocco

Left-Wing Coalition Calls for National March on August 27 to Demand Release of Rif Detainees 2017-08-16 [Morocco World News]
King pardons more than 1,000 social justice protesters 2017-07-30 [Al Jazeera]
Social unrest boils over in Morocco's al-Hoceima 2017-07-30 [Al Jazeera ]


Oman

Domestic workers from Uganda stuck between poverty wages at home and extreme exploitation abroad 2017-06-21 [Equal Times]
Workers in Oman advised to spend Eid salary wisely 2017-06-19 [Times of Oman ]
4400 workers arrested for labour law violation in Oman 2017-05-02 [timesofoman]


Palestine

The PA can now arrest anyone’: Palestinian journalists declare hunger strike 2017-08-15 [Ma'an News Agency]
Launch of Bank Union campaign 2017-08-15 [UNI Global Union]
Child labour on the rise in Gaza 2017-08-07 [ANSAmed]


Qatar

BMKQ General Assembly affirms commitment to Filipino migrant worker rights 2017-08-16 [BWI]
Doha conference offers solidarity with Al Jazeera journalists amid calls for media freedom and workers' rights 2017-07-27 [IFJ]
Journalists, NGO's slam Saudi threats to close Al-Jazeerah 2017-07-26 [Middle East Eye]


Saudi Arabia

International effort to avert executions of peaceful protesters 2017-07-27 [Education International]
Teachers unions call to halt execution of peaceful protestors 2017-07-18 [Education International]
Update on Reported Imminent Beheading of Mujaba’a al-Sweikat 2017-07-17 [AFT]


Syria

IFJ condemns killing of Russia Today journalist in Syria 2017-08-02 [NUJ]
IFJ condemns killing of Russia Today journalist 2017-08-01 [IFJ]
The Syrian refugee crisis is promoting a surge in privatisation 2017-04-19 [Education International (EI)]


Tunisia

Labour union mobilises against 'racist' C-Star ship 2017-08-16 [ANDA]
Comprehensive new law on violence against women 2017-08-09 [IAMAW]
Comprehensive new law on violence against women 2017-08-02 [IUF]


United Arab Emirates

99.7% compliance with midday break rule so far 2017-08-16 [Zawya]
'A ball of tears': Australian Ciara Burke was fired by Emirates after falling down stairs 2017-07-07 [Fairfax Media ]
Domestic Workers’ Rights Bill A Step Forward 2017-06-08 [Human Rights Watch]


Yemen

Smugglers throw 180 migrants into Yemen sea 2017-08-10 [News24]
DNO, Norwegian oil company, refuses to pay workers in Yemen ActNOW! 2017-06-13 [AMN]
Insurgents Arrest Coup Leaders Protesting Unpaid Salaries in Sana’a 2017-06-13 [Asgard Al-Awsat]
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