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Unions bring progress and stability to Middle East and North Africa

2 May, 2019“Welcome to the land of cedars and resistance!” was the message to the affiliated unions from eleven countries in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) who came to Beirut, Lebanon, for the regional conference on 23 and 24 April 2019.

IndustriALL condemns brutal arrest of Algerian union leader

25 April, 2019IndustriALL Global Union strongly condemns the brutal and inhumane treatment of the president of its Algerian affiliate by police and demands that bogus charges against the union leader are dropped.

MENA women make progress in patriarchal societies

24 April, 2019On 23-24 April, a network of women from across the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) met in Beirut, Lebanon to identify challenges, distinct issues and opportunities around women’s participation and representation in unions and the workplace.

Oil and gas unions build sustainability in volatile MENA region

24 April, 2019Representatives from Middle East and North Africa (MENA) oil and gas unions met for the fifth time in Beirut, Lebanon on 23-24 April, as part of a network supported by the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung. Delegates from Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Mauritania, Morocco and Tunisia attended, with guests from Norway.

Migrant worker leaders elected in Jordan garment factories

4 April, 2019A union election was held in the garment factories of Al-Dulayl Industrial Zone in Amman, Jordan, to develop democratic representation for migrant workers.

Workers in Algeria to stage further strikes

2 April, 2019***UPDATE 3 APRIL 2019*** Workers in Algeria still plan to hold a three-day general strike starting 7 April unless a transitional government is put in place. Although President Bouteflika’s resignation is a victory for protestors, IndustriALL’s affiliate, SNATEG, is demanding a transitional government, which includes members of the opposition, in order to prepare for transparent presidential elections. SNATEG is also calling for the resignation of interim president and leader of the Senate, Abdelkader Bensalah. “The Algerian people do not have confidence in the present government installed by Bouteflika,” says SNATEG president, Raouf Mellal.

Tunisian unions strike against IMF austerity

17 January, 2019Tunisian union federation the Union Générale Tunisienne du Travail (UGTT) is taking strike action in the civil service and public sector today after failing to agree a wage increase with the government.

Middle East and North Africa electricity unions develop action strategy

15 January, 2019A network meeting of the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) electricity sector was held in Amman, Jordan, on 17-18 December 2018.

Moroccan unions launch “Month of Anger”

10 January, 2019Unions will hold a series of protest and strike actions across the country until the government meets its social dialogue commitments.

Trade unionists in Algeria arrested at protest

7 January, 2019Trade union leaders and members of three independent unions in Algeria were arrested and detained for several hours during protest in central Algiers on 27 December.