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Labour news from the Middle East


Algeria

A question of dignity: a dark year for Algerian unions 2017-10-17 [IndustriALL]
Crisis in Algeria between PM and trade union 2017-08-28 [MEMO]
The horror of the slave market detention centres in Libya. Algerians tell 2017-08-22 [TRT World]


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

2017 Martin Ennals Award for Human Rights Defenders goes to Mohamed Zaree 2017-10-11 [Amnesty International ]
Unions back workers striking for fair pay at the Cairo office of AFP news agency 2017-10-10 [IFJ]
International trade unions urge Egypt to release detainees ActNOW! 2017-10-04 [Associated Press]


Iran

Reza Shahabi denied medical care! 2017-10-17 [SZAC]
Teachers Demand Fair Salaries, Independent Unions 2017-10-13 [RFE/RL]
Women teachers live way below the poverty line 2017-10-13 [Women NCRI]


Iraq

IFJ welcomes new government committee to counter threats against journalists 2017-10-18 [IFJ]
Yes to Kurdistan, but not at any price 2017-09-25 [Equal Times]
Local journalist’s house shot at in east Baghdad 2017-09-12 [IFJ]


Israel

Sorry Ben Gurion, Israeli court says 'Hebrew Labor' is illegal 2017-10-18 [+972 magazine]
Jews-only Work Listing Website Fined for 'Racial and Religious Discrimination' in Israel 2017-10-18 [Ha'arez]
Website fined for encouraging 'Jewish labor' 2017-10-18 [INN]


Jordan

Trade unions organising Syrian refugees issues freelance work permits 2017-08-28 [Jordan Times]
Deadly cost of pregnancy for migrant women workers in Jordan 2017-08-28 [The New Yorker]
Women academics ‘widely discriminated against’ — report 2017-08-15 [Jordan Times]


Kuwait

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]
Tragedy of 588 nurses 2017-10-13 [Arab Times]


Lebanon

Asmar Says Efforts Outset to Ask Private Sector for Pay Raise 2017-10-11 [Naharnet]
Tax hikes to fund public sector pay rise 2017-10-10 [Zawya]
Cabinet vows road map to resolve salary scale crisis 2017-09-29 [Zawya]


Libya

Benghazi university staff mulling strike over pay 2017-10-20 [The Herald]
Education Minister announces salary promotions for teachers, October 15 as school year's start 2017-10-13 [Libya Observer]
Fuel crisis hits Benghazi as tanker drivers strike but water returning 2017-10-13 [Libya Herald]


Middle East

87th Session of Directors of Arab Labor Organization Kicked off 2017-10-08 [MENAFN]
Campaign to end violence against women progresses in MENA region 2017-09-27 [IndustriALL]
Despite migration ban, Indonesian domestic workers still face forced labour and abuses in the Gulf 2017-09-11 [Equal Times]


Morocco

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]
Women’s Rights in Morocco: Balancing Domestic and International Law 2017-10-13 [Atlantic Council]


Oman

HRW submission on discrimination against women workers in Oman 2017-10-13 [HRW]
500 Labour law violators held in Oman 2017-10-13 [Times of Oman ]
Registering domestic workers online a first for Oman 2017-10-13 [Times of Oman]


Palestine

Gaza fishermen union denies reports saying Israel to expand fishing zone 2017-10-17 [Ma]
Tech companies from Israel start contracting in Gaza 2017-10-14 [Al-Monitor]
DWRC organizes its eighth annual trade union forum “toward a Palestinian social movement' 2017-10-13 [DWRC]


Qatar

World Cup 2022: Qatar's workers are not workers, they are slaves, and they are building mausoleums, not stadiums 2017-10-13 [The Independent]
Company in China to manufacture smart jackets for workers in Qatar 2017-10-13 [China Daily ]
Nearly 50k Nepali workers set to miss Qatar training 2017-10-08 [Kathmandu Post]


Saudi Arabia

Women's driving decree first step in needed changes 2017-10-13 [Al-Monitor]
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]


Syria

Child labor soars in Syria's liberated areas 2017-10-11 [Al-Monitor]
IFJ condemns killing of Russia Today journalist in Syria 2017-08-02 [NUJ]
IFJ condemns killing of Russia Today journalist 2017-08-01 [IFJ]


Tunisia

Metalworkers announce sector-wide strike 2017-10-17 [IndustriALL]
UGTT calls for support for the Syrian president in his 'war against terrorism' 2017-08-28 [Middle East Eye]
Labour union mobilises against 'racist' C-Star ship 2017-08-16 [ANDA]


United Arab Emirates

Law protecting UAE household workers praised by Phillipines Ambassador 2017-10-13 [Arab Business]
Nearly half of UAE workers say their jobs are boring: study 2017-10-13 [Arab News]
New UAE law protecting household workers lauded by PH 2017-10-13 [Rappler]


Yemen

UN envoy says creating jobs and getting national agreement on pay salaries for civil servants part of key to ending Yemen crisis 2017-10-11 [AP]
IFJ welcomes UN report amid calls for action on journalists' safety 2017-09-21 [IFJ]
‘No income for a year:’ Yemeni professionals endure war without salaries 2017-09-19 [Al Arabiya]
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