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Labour news from the Middle East


Algeria

Global Unions meet with Algerian Mission in Geneva to Protest Trade Union Oppression 2018-02-06 [PSI]
International unions press Algerian government to respect trade union rights ActNOW! 2018-02-06 [IUF]
ITUC and GUFs Protest against Trial of Independent Trade Unions 2018-02-05 [ITUC]


Bahrain

ITUC Deplores the Lack of Progress on Reinstatement of Workers in Bahrain after Seven Years 2018-02-14 [ITUC]
GPIC, Labour Union officials hold meeting 2018-01-22 [BNA]
New Union Formed for Transportation Sector 2017-08-16 [Aviation Pros]


Egypt

Trade Union Federation organises rally to back President Sisi for second term 2018-01-31 [Ashram Online ]
Giulio Regeni murdered in Egypt 'over research' - Italian prosecutor 2018-01-26 [BBC]
Release of activist Mahienour el-Massry a rare moment of justice 2018-01-17 [Amnesty]


Iran

Haft Tapeh workers in Iran win unpaid wages after months of struggle 2018-02-22 [IUF]
Reza Shahabi returned to jail after medical leave 2018-02-19 [SZAC]
Reza Shahabi released on five days’ medical leave 2018-02-08 [SZAC]


Iraq

Journalist Samir Obeid arrested for accusing gov't of corruption 2018-02-14 [IFJ]
Iraqi Kurdistan: The IFJ warns about media freedom violations in the region 2018-02-07 [IFJ]
Journalists face attacks by politicians' bodyguards 2018-01-31 [Al-Momitor ]


Israel

Brief workers strike causes delays at Ben Gurion airport 2018-02-23 [timesofisrael]
Israeli Union Head Warns on Power Reform 2018-02-21 [Haaretz]
Histadrut Cries Foul In Agreement Between Israel And Air India 2018-02-16 [YWN]


Jordan

Minimum wages need to be increased to cope with price, tax hikes — experts 2018-02-23 [jordantimes]
New work contract improves conditions of waste pickers 2018-02-13 [.jordantimes]
Migrant Domestic Workers Seek Rights in the Middle East 2018-01-31 [Solidarity Center]


Kuwait

2,000 unpaid Indian workers stranded in Kuwait 2018-01-03 [Times of India]
CSC ‘issues’ circular banning microwaves, coffee makers, toasters in office premises – Workers union denounces action 2017-10-13 [Arab Times]
Four oil field construction workers injured in Kuwait 2017-10-13 [BNA]


Lebanon

Syrian refugees in Lebanon face a tough choice 2018-02-06 [Equal Times]
State agrees to increase EDL contract wages: union head 2018-01-07 [The Daily Star]
EDL per diem workers block roads as protests continue 2018-01-04 [Lebanon Daily Star ]


Libya

Three oil workers died in hydrogen sulfide leak 2017-12-28 [Libya Observer]
Three workers die in gas accident at Libyan oilfield: source 2017-12-25 [Reuters]
Amnesty accuses EU of pushing Libya 'slave trade' 2017-12-13 [IOL/Reuters]


Middle East

Arab education unions focus on union renewal and quality education 2017-12-15 [Education International]
#MeToo, Say Domestic Workers in the Middle East 2017-12-09 [HRW]
#Tech4Worse: The problem with digital labour initiatives for the Middle East 2017-12-08 [Open Democracy ]


Morocco

Moroccan unions to march to demand oil refinery reopens 2017-10-26 [IndustriALL]
In face of mass protests over killing of fishmonger the limits of democratization exposed 2017-10-18 [Atlantic Council]
Trial of seven accused of allegedly promoting independent journalism postponed 2017-10-13 [Middle East Eye]


Oman

Gvt slams rights group report on maid conditions 2017-12-25 [Gulf News ]
Maid abuse: 'How my boss threatened me with acid in Oman' 2017-11-15 [BBC]
HRW submission on discrimination against women workers in Oman 2017-10-13 [HRW]


Palestine

IFJ urges the European Parliament to help end attacks on Palestinian journalists 2018-02-20 [IFJ]
IFJ welcomes MEP´s commitment to tackle media rights violations 2018-02-20 [IFJ]
Gaza Hospitals paralyzed due to cleaning staff strike 2018-02-13 [Xinhua]


Qatar

Abolishing the Kafala system 2018-02-05 [Freedom United]
Qatar 2022 World Cup will honour workers' rights with the end of the kafala system, predicts ITUC head 2018-01-29 [The Independent]
New Framework Agreement - Significant Progress in Protecting the Rights of Migrant Construction Work 2018-01-24 [IHRB]


Saudi Arabia

The everyday acts of resistance from migrant domestic workers in Saudi Arabia 2018-01-31 [Equal Times]
Women workers to get transport, baby care services: Al-Ghafis 2017-12-22 [Saudi Gazette]
Women's driving decree first step in needed changes 2017-10-13 [Al-Monitor]


Syria

Ghouta, Syria: surviving under siege 2018-02-23 [equal times]
A journalist killed in bombing 2017-11-02 [IFJ]
Child labor soars in Syria's liberated areas 2017-10-11 [Al-Monitor]


Tunisia

Why Tunisia's Latest Protests Are About More Than a Hike in Taxes 2018-01-31 [The Conversation ]
Protesters demanding jobs clash with police in Tunisian town 2018-01-24 [Arab News]
Which way now for Tunisia? 2018-01-24 [Equal Times]


United Arab Emirates

ITF statement on UAE's new protection for seafarers 2018-01-20 [ITF Global Unions]
Journalists from Switzerland arrested and held for two days in UAE 2017-11-14 [The Local]
Law protecting UAE household workers praised by Phillipines Ambassador 2017-10-13 [Arab Business]


Yemen

Photojournalist killed in a rocket attack 2018-01-24 [IFJ]
YJS report depicts grim situation of press freedom in 2017 2018-01-18 [IFJ]
Union report depicts grim situation of press freedom in 2017 2018-01-17 [IFJ]
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