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Labour news from the Middle East


Algeria

Chinese firm facilitates Vietnamese workers in Algeria 2017-11-28 [Vietnamplus]
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]


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

Parliament approves law regulating unions and. ban on political activity at youth centres 2017-12-06 [Ahram Online]
Key Italian newspaper stands by criticism of Giulio Regeni’s supervisor 2017-12-05 [Varsity]
IFJ calls on Egypt President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi to free photojournalist Shawkan 2017-12-02 [IFJ]


Iran

A New Round Of Strikes And Protests AT Haft Tapeh Complex 2017-12-11 [Radio Farda]
Media workers warn of ‘death of independent journalism’ 2017-12-10 [Al-Monitor]
Workers in South Pars oil and gas fields submit petition to state broadcaster 2017-12-07 [IndustriALL Global Union ]


Iraq

Nightclubs, cafes still risky workplace for Iraqi women 2017-12-09 [Al-Monitor]
Iraqi oil and gas affiliates form trade union network 2017-12-08 [IndustriALL]
Parliment approves ratification of ILO Convention 87 on Freedom of Association 2017-12-01 [Industriall]


Israel

Most Teva Israel layoffs expected at Petah Tikva HQ 2017-12-11 [Globes Israel]
COSATU strongly condemns US President Donald Trump for formally recognising the city of Jerusalem as Israel's capital 2017-12-09 [COSATU]
Construction worker dies at Rehovot building site - 33 such fatalities this year 2017-12-09 [Times of Israel]


Jordan

Labour Watch calls for adoption of convention on harassment at workplace 2017-11-28 [Jordan Times]
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]


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

Tyre Electricity Company workers protest conditions 2017-11-28 [Daily Star]
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]


Libya

UN migration agency urges Facebook to combat modern slavery human traffickers 2017-12-09 [DW]
Nermin Al-Sharif gets passport back, thanks to global union campaign 2017-12-08 [ITF]
Libya is sinking even further into the abyss 2017-12-07 [Equal Times]


Middle East

#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 ]
Domestic workers who flee their abusive employers in the UAE and Oman could be charged with a hefty fine and sent to prison 2017-11-15 [MiddleEastEye]


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

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]
500 Labour law violators held in Oman 2017-10-13 [Times of Oman ]


Palestine

DWRC calls for protecting Palestinian working women from all forms of violence 2017-12-08 [DWRC]
IFJ condemns Israeli forces' attacks on journalists 2017-12-08 [IFJ]
Five Palestinian workers injured after ceiling collapse in Israeli West Bank settlement 2017-12-06 [Ma’an News Agency]


Qatar

Nation committed to workers welfare and rights: Thawadi 2017-12-03 [Gulf Times]
Unions hail landmark employer agreement on workers’ rights in Qatar 2017-11-24 [GCR]
Official signing of an agreement on workers’ rights between BWI, Qatari Diar VINCI Construction (QDVC) and VINCI 2017-11-21 [BWI]


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

A journalist killed in bombing 2017-11-02 [IFJ]
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]


Tunisia

UGTT says Trump’s Jerusalem decision a declaration of war, calls for protests 2017-12-07 [Reuters ]
Union and government reach agreement on Tunisia food prices 2017-12-02 [MEMO]
Government to lift retirement age by two years, official says 2017-11-19 [Arab News]


United Arab Emirates

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]
Nearly half of UAE workers say their jobs are boring: study 2017-10-13 [Arab News]


Yemen

IFJ raises concerns about the fate of 30 TV journalists held by the Houthis 2017-12-06 [IFJ]
Education crisis deepens as unpaid teachers continue to strike 2017-11-14 [EI]
Education crisis deepens as unpaid teachers continue to strike 2017-11-09 [Education International]
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