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Saudi's Council of Chambers opposes labour reforms

DATE: 03-Nov-2015

The labour market committee at the Council for Saudi Chambers of Commerce and Industry has voiced its opposition to amendments to the kingdom’s Labour Law. Saudi Arabia’s Labour Ministry recently amended Articles 98 and 104 of the law, which determines daily working hours for employees, as well...

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New Bahrain law allows distressed firms to sack expats in favour of locals

DATE: 03-Nov-2015

Bahrain’s Shura Council has given its approval to a new labour law allowing companies to sack expat employees ahead of Bahrainis if the business faces financial difficulties or undergoes restructuring. Gulf Daily News reported that the labour law amendment was initially shot down by the council b...

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Qatar’s Emir signs into law kafala changes (updated)

DATE: 30-Oct-2015

With reporting from Lesley Walker After more than a year of debate, Qatar has adopted changes to its controversial kafala sponsorship system, which will make it easier for some to switch jobs and leave the country. The main reforms appear to be that there will be a new system to appeal refused...

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Indonesia denies domestic worker recall from MENA

DATE: 21-Oct-2015

An Indonesian source has refuted rumors that Indonesian expatriates are banned from returning to their sponsors after their vacation in Indonesia. The Indonesian government in May this year decided to stop Indonesian housemaids from going for work to 21 countries in the Middle East, the source sa...

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Licences of 15 manpower agencies cancelled

DATE: 21-Oct-2015

By Mohamed Osman DOHA: Routine and surprise raids on manpower agencies have resulted in cancellation of 15 licences recently, according to a senior official from the Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs. There are 282 manpower agencies in the country and 15 have been shut down and their licen...

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Mediterranean remains the deadliest route for migrants….reports Asian Lite News

DATE: 07-Oct-2015

The International Organisation for Migration (IOM) on Tuesday said that Mediterranean remains to be the most deadliest route for migrants as 2,987 of them have lost their lives so far this year out of a worldwide total of 4,093. “The Mediterranean remains the deadliest route for migrants on our...

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Pranabda Due In Arab Lands

DATE: 07-Oct-2015

Mukherjee leaves here on Saturday on a six-day three-nation visit to Jordan, Palestine and Israel, the first to the three countries by an Indian head of state, during which a number of deals have been lined up in areas ranging from culture to technology. The first leg takes him to the Hashemite K...

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Countdown to the Civil Society Days of the 2015 GFMD in Istanbul - See more at: http://www.madenetwork.org/latest-news/countdown-civil-society-days-2015-gfmd-istanbul#sthash.6VJlwCAS.dpuf

DATE: 07-Oct-2015

The 2015 Civil Society Days of the Global Forum on Migration and Development (GFMD) will be held on 12-13 October 2015, follow by Common Space with civil society and governments on 14 October and the GFMD Government Summit on 15-16 October. This year’s GFMD takes place during turbulent time for...

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United Arab Emirates Unveils New Migrant Labor Reforms

DATE: 07-Oct-2015

The United Arab Emirates is introducing labor reforms aimed at tightening oversight of employment agreements for the millions of temporary migrant workers who make up the bulk of the country's workforce, a top Emirati official said Tuesday. Like its oil-rich Gulf Arab neighbors, the Emirates has...

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Mauritanian Women Kept as Slaves in Saudi Arabia

DATE: 05-Oct-2015

The ITUC has received alarming reports from Mauritanian trade unions that 900 Mauritanian women have been trafficked to work in Saudi Arabia. Photo: Oxfam Many are subject to abuse with no way out. The ITUC has called on the government of Mauritania to take immediate action to bring the women ...

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