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Labour news from the Middle East


Algeria

ITUC Demands Release of Algerian Trade Unionists 2017-03-22 [ITUC]
Will there be a late Arab Spring in Algeria? 2017-02-10 [The National Review]
Algerian union leader gets jail sentence for whistleblowing 2017-02-02 [IndustriALL]


Bahrain

البحرين:اكثر من نصف مليون العمالة الأجنبية 2017-02-08 [Lmra]
V K Singh discusses labour issue in Bahrain 2017-02-05 [Business Standard]
Worker from India dies in Bahrain during pay protest 2017-02-05 [The Hindu]


Egypt

HRW: Egypt stifling the right to strike 2017-03-13 [Middle East Monitor]
IFFCO Egypt union leaders acquitted of criminal charges face retrial 2017-03-13 [IUF]
19 IFFCO workers in Suez acquitted from charges of striking 2017-03-13 [DNE]


Iran

Teachers hold nationwide demonstrations ActNOW! 2017-03-19 [Iran News Update]
Teachers protest poverty and imprisonment ActNOW! 2017-03-19 [Iran Focus]
Court drops flogging sentence against protesting miners 2017-03-19 [Radio Zamaneh]


Iraq

Kurdish woman reporter killed by bomb blast in Mosul 2017-03-01 [IFJ]
Women dealing with worsening harassment in the workplace 2017-02-05 [Al-Monitor]
Teachers unsafe in own classrooms:Union 2017-02-02 [Al-Monitor ]


Israel

New unions forcing Histadrut to compete, organise new workplaces 2017-03-23 [haaretz]
Welfare Minister's son allegedly co-ercing union me,beers to join Likud party 2017-03-23 [Times of Israel]
Judge describes atmosphere of fear created by union officials at state owned aerospace company 2017-03-23 [Ha'aretz]


Jordan

Private school teachers reach collective agreement with employers 2017-03-13 [Jordan Times ]
Unifying guest worker fees could be harmful for agriculture sector, labourers, activists warn 2017-01-30 [Jordan Times]
Employees at Royal Falcon Airlines demanding overdue salaries 2017-01-30 [Jordan Times]


Kuwait

Kuwaiti govt work programme urged to give priority to citizens 2017-03-17 [zawya]
Domestic Workers Department shut down 27 domestic labor recruitment offices in 2016 after receiving several complaints 2017-02-12 [Arab Times]
Why one year on the domestic worker law is not working 2017-01-30 [Migrant Rights]


Lebanon

Thousands protest proposed tax hikes in Beirut 2017-03-20 [Arabnews]
Wage hike debate hinders a new electoral law: Berri 2017-03-19 [Daily Star]
Calm before Labor Confederation elections 2017-03-13 [Lebanon Daily Star]


Libya

EU to pay Libya to keep refugees out of Europe 2017-02-04 [ETUC]
Airport workers strikes after pay delayed by months 2016-12-04 [The Observer]
Sharif - 1st Arab woman to assume Presidency, lead union federation 2016-09-11 [ATUC]


Middle East

Raising Arabic female teachers’ voices 2017-03-22 [Education International]
Unions in the Middle East and North Africa see growing participation of women 2017-03-08 [IndustriALL]
Closing the Gulf's gender gap 2017-03-07 [Arab Business]


Morocco

The Dramatic Story Of The ‘Mule Women’ Of Morocco 2017-03-19 [EurAsis Review]
Retirement not end of line for pioneering woman train driver 2017-01-26 [iTF]
Workers from throughout the country march in Agadir in support of rights for DOHA fish workers 2017-01-15 [IUF]


Oman

Number of factories in GCC increases, labour force doubles: GOIC report 2017-03-20 [muscatdaily]
477 arrested for labour law violations 2017-03-13 [Times of Oman]
Dozens of Indian workers stranded in Oman, not paid for months 2017-02-06 [Times of Oman]


Palestine

If Trump blocks financial assistance then Gaza public servants may not be paid 2017-03-20 [Al-Monitor]
Female beauty salon workers & hairdressers establish a trade union in Gaza 2017-03-18 [DWRC]
IFJ backs union’s 'uncompromising stand' on Palestinian police attacks on journalists 2017-03-15 [IFJ]


Qatar

Qatar given deadline to end abuse of migrant workers or face investigation 2017-03-23 [Reuters]
ILO sets November deadline to end abuse of migrant workers or face investigation 2017-03-23 [Middle East Monitor]
ITUC International Trade Union Confederation decries alleged inhumane treatment of migrant workers in Qatar 2017-03-23 [Gulf News]


Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia to tighten restriction on foreign workers 2017-03-21 [khaleejtimes]
Man ‘held captive’ by employer in Saudi Arabia 2017-03-18 [The Hindu]
Labor Ministry provides family advice in over 4,800 cases in 3 years 2017-03-17 [Arabnews]


Syria

Over 800 health workers killed in Syrian 'war crimes': report 2017-03-15 [NST]
Study shows healthcare in Syria now a target of war 2017-03-15 [CNA]
The Syrian rappers caricaturing IS through hip hop 2017-02-23 [Equal Times]


Tunisia

Labour union calls for teachers not to strike 2017-03-23 [Middle East Monitor]
Police Union leader jailed for defamation 2017-03-22 [HRW]
General Union of Secondary Education goes against UGTT national union centre and re-affirms planned stoppages 2017-03-20 [TAP]


United Arab Emirates

UAE champions rights of domestic workers 2017-03-20 [gulfnews]
Tristar supports safety campaigns in Dubai and Sohar 2017-03-17 [arabiansupplychain]
Ministry of Labour workers jailed for taking bribes totalling more than Dh4m 2017-03-13 [The National]


Yemen

Workers and their families left to starve in Yemen by multinationals ActNOW! 2017-03-15 [Daily Vox]
Teachers on indefinite strike demand pay 2017-03-13 [Al Arabiya]
International support for fired Yemeni oil workers 2017-02-01 [Radio Labour]
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