Trade unions in Tunisia led the street demonstrations this January which led to the downfall of the regime. In Egypt strikes across the country led to the replacement of President Mubarak and the creation of new, independent unions. In Bahrain, trade unions joined the protests for democratic reform. Across the region, trade unionists are demanding decent work - good jobs at fair wages, rights and democracy, and we can help.
TUC Aid's immediate appeal aims to raise £15,000 by the end of March as the UK contribution to a global ITUC appeal for emergency funds. The money will be used to assist trade unions anywhere in the MENA region, and to lay the foundations for longer term work which will need more serious project planning.
There is more material being added all the time on the ITUC website, the TUC's Stronger Unions and Touchstone blogs and on LabourStart. Just visit the sites and search for MENA, specific countries or if all else fails, Arab.
The most recent documents available on this subject are:URGENT ACTION: Lift the blockade of Gaza
WIth a ceasefire in place, call on the UK government to do all that it can to lift the blockade and end the suffering of Gaza's people. Sign Oxfam's urgent action.
Next week, the leaders of the Bahraini Teachers' Association are having their final hearing to get the unjust sentences against them dropped. The TUC is again calling for their release.
The TUC has condemned the recent firebombing of offices of the Tunisian national union centre (UGTT) by the Salafist movement.
Mahdi Abu Dheeb, the President of the Bahraini Teachers' Association (BTA), has now spent more than a year behind bars for doing nothing more than leading his trade union. Please support his union's petition calling on UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moo...
The Egyptian authorities have just sentenced Kamal Abbas, the highly-respected labour leader to six months in prison for 'insulting a public officer'. Please sign the LabourStart appeal demanding the Egyptian authorities drop the sentence.
One year after the Egyptian revolution toppled Mubarak, Diana Holland, Unite Assistant General Secretary addressed Amnesty International's Middle East and North Africa "demonstration for a human rights revolution" in Trafalgar Square, on 11 February ...
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