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Labour news from the Middle East


Algeria

IUF, international support for independent unions in Algeria fighting for rights and challenging repression 2017-06-21 [IUF]
Why Austerity in Algeria Steers Clear of Cuts to Public Sector Compensation 2017-06-19 [WPR]
Algeria: Crackdown on free unions taken to the ILO 2017-06-15 [IndustriALL]


Bahrain

Construction workers' salary arrears to be paid soon 2017-06-10 [BNA]
NASUWT International Solidarity Award for Bahraini teachers' leader 2017-05-09 [NASUWT]
البحرين:اكثر من نصف مليون العمالة الأجنبية 2017-02-08 [Lmra]


Egypt

ILO blacklists Egypt ...... AGAIN 2017-06-10 [Egyptian Streets]
HRW: New law will crush civil society 2017-06-08 [Human Rights Watch]
Report on the Violations of Trade Unions’ Freedoms:In the Darkness of the Tunnel , January to June 2017 2017-06-08 [CTUWS]


Iran

Delayed pay and concerns over bank deposits trigger widespread protests by workers and investors 2017-06-19 [Iran News Update]
Ordinary Iranians rally behind soccer player suspended over wife’s modeling 2017-06-18 [Al-Monitor]
Imprisoned Teachers’ Rights Activist Returned to Evin Prison After Three-Day Hospitalization ActNOW! 2017-06-07 [ICHRI]


Iraq

Violations against journalists have reached a “dangerous level” in the Kurdistan Region-Union 2017-06-05 [NRT]
Parliament urged to reject illegitimate trade union law 2017-06-03 [IndustriALL Global Union]
Union organizes Shell workers 2017-04-23 [IndustriALL]


Israel

Police to grill minister in Israel Aerospace Industries probe over co-Eric on of workers into joining Likud 2017-06-25 [Times of Israel]
Sodastream workers allege being threatened over unionizing attempts 2017-06-18 [972 Magazine]
Gvt buckles to unions guarantees 1250 jobs till 2030 2017-06-15 [Ha'aretz]


Jordan

1.4 million foreign labourers in the Kingdom of Jordan 2017-06-13 [Middle East Monitor]
In Jordan and Lebanon, hundreds of migrant domestic workers are being held in detention 2017-06-10 [News Deeply]
Unemployment in Jordan rises to 18.2% 2017-06-03 [Middle East Monitor ]


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

Website helps Lebanon's domestic migrant workers expose abuse 2017-06-18 [Al-Monitor]
Slave labour? Death rate doubles for migrant domestic workers in Lebanon 2017-06-10 [IRIN]
Migrant Domestic Workers With Children Deported 2017-04-25 [Human Rights Watch]


Libya

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]
Largest Oil Field Resumes Production 2017-06-10 [Oil Price]


Middle East

What will it take to protect Filipino domestic workers from abuse and exploitation in the Middle East? 2017-06-19 [Equal Times ]
Gulf States’ Slow March Toward Domestic Workers’ Rights 2017-06-17 [Human Rights Watch]
We must prevent Kenyan migrants from being slaves rather than workers 2017-06-15 [Equal Times]


Morocco

Sign here! Fish canner DOHA drops charges against union leader - now the company must reinstate 540 dismissed workers! 2017-06-23 [IUF]
Nation elected deputy board member of ILO 2017-06-19 [Morocco World News]
Ric worker death protests. Police Arrest Two More People in Al Hoceima 2017-06-19 [Morocco World News]


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

PA cuts salaries to Hamas prisoners 2017-06-25 [Al-Monitor]
Journalist unions condemn detention of Palestinian journalist in Gaza 2017-06-15 [Ma'am News Agency]
IFJ blames Hamas for journalist’s 'outrageous' detention 2017-06-14 [IFJ]


Qatar

Qatar Blockade: Fears for Migrant Workers in a Region in Turmoil 2017-06-20 [ITUC]
Don't use Qatari journalists and their families as political footballs IFJ tells Gulf-area and other Arab countries 2017-06-18 [Al Araby ]
Diplomatic rift in Gulf squeezes business, putting rights of migrant workers at risk 2017-06-15 [Business and Human Rights Resource Centre]


Saudi Arabia

'You dog!' man in Saudi attacks terrified migrant worker for eating during Ramadan fasting hours 2017-06-19 [Al Araby]
Ugandan domestic workers stuck between poverty wages at home and extreme exploitation abroad 2017-06-16 [Equal Times]
What will it take to protect Filipino domestic workers from abuse and exploitation in the Middle East? 2017-06-15 [Equal Times]


Syria

The Syrian refugee crisis is promoting a surge in privatisation 2017-04-19 [Education International (EI)]
ITUC Condemns Barbaric Nerve Gas Attack 2017-04-05 [ITUC]
Over 800 health workers killed in Syrian 'war crimes': report 2017-03-15 [NST]


Tunisia

Sick Tunisia: Austerity and vested interests destroying health services 2017-04-13 [Middle East Eye]
Nobel peace prize winner Abassi endorses UNI Declaration against Slavery 2017-03-29 [UNI Global Union ]
Comparative study on criteria for union representation 2017-03-25 [TAP]


United Arab Emirates

Domestic Workers’ Rights Bill A Step Forward 2017-06-08 [Human Rights Watch]
Unpaid Dubai workers to get salary after police intervenes 2017-05-02 [khaleejtimes]
Study: Migrant workers exploited en route to Arab Gulf 2017-04-11 [AP]


Yemen

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]
DNO continues to evade responsibility as court rules in favour of Yemeni workforce 2017-05-18 [IndustriALL]
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