571 Bahrainis fired during protests to return to work

13 Jun 2011

(MENAFN) 571 Bahrainis are to get their jobs back after a “verification committee” chaired by labor minister Jameel bin Mohammed Ali Humaidan found the dismissal of employees during the protests illegal, reported The National.

Under Bahrain’s labor law, employees can only be discharged, subject to legal action, or get a salary cut if they miss work without permission for more than 10 days. A state report called for accelerating the process of evaluating the legality of the dismissals.

The employees were sacked after the prime minister, Sheikh Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa, required all government departments and ministries to report absences in February and March while Bahrain’s Shiite population protested for government reform. Aluminum Bahrain (Alba), Bahrain Telecommunications Company (Batelco), Bahrain Petroleum, Gulf Air and Bahrain Airport Services were among the companies that fired employees.

The International Labour Organization, a UN agency, called for Bahrain to reinstate 2,000 or more workers who participated in the strikes. Jasim Ali, a member of Bahrain’s main opposition party, Al Wefaq said that the labor minister met with the ILO in Geneva yesterday. Ali was not convinced that the government would follow through with the reinstatements.

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