7th APRIL 2015 - Vol.XXXVIII No.018
Local News

Pact hope as top ILO team planning to visit Bahrain

A DELEGATION from the International Labour Organisation (ILO) will be visiting Bahrain soon to discuss the cases of people who lost their jobs following the unrest.

They are scheduled to have meetings with the Labour Ministry, Bahrain Chamber of Commerce and Industry, and General Federation of Bahrain Trade Unions (GFBTU).

They aim to finalise an agreement to end the issue of the dismissals of 4,600 people connected to unrest in early 2011, after a complaint was lodged by 12 members of the International Trade Union Confederation.

However, 98 per cent of those affected have already been reinstated or given work elsewhere by the government, according to authorities.


Sources told the GDN it is hoped an agreement will be signed between the three parties in the presence of the ILO, outlining means of reinstating or finding work for the remaining dismissed employees.

The GFBTU earlier claimed the number of people still out of work was 700, but Labour Minister Jameel Humaidan said it was only 100.

Many of those sacked from their jobs had attended illegal protests during the 2011 unrest, took part in illegal strikes called by the GFBTU, skipped work without the approval of their bosses to attend demonstrations or were facing criminal charges in connection with the trouble.

Mr Humaidan presented evidence to the ILO technical committee during a visit to Geneva last November and described the complaint as "unjustified".

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