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Waad’s Labour Office Statement On the Mass Demobilisation of Gulf Air Employees
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2013-01-14 17:01:48




 

The Labour Office at the National Democratic Action Society (Waad) warned against the dire consequences of the mass demobilisation of hundreds of Gulf Air employees under the pretext of company restructuring.


In a press statement issued by the Office, it stated that, "recent press leaks pertaining to the intended demobilisation of approximately 2,000 company employees through unfair retirement packages suggest that this demobalisation is essentially tantamount to arbitrary and unfair dismissals."


"The consequences of previous mismanagement and impropriety, which have effectively hemorrhaged Gulf Air’s resources and drained its capabilities, are now being forcibly and unjustly inherited by its employees through their impending arbitrary demobilisation."


The Labour Office further added that, "the total disregard shown by the company's management towards the labour body represented by Gulf Air’s Trade Union and the lack of respect for collective bargaining, coupled with the intent to monopolise the implementation of the arbitrary retirement offers, will certainly exacerbate tensions and cause labour conditions in the company to vastly deteriorate. What is required at this stage is compliance with the Labour Law and the Law of Trade Unions through the promotion of collective bargaining between unions and employers to facilitate the arrival at a consensus which safeguards the rights of employees on one hand and the interests of the company on the other. "


The Labour Office confirmed that political and economic conditions experienced by the country over the past two years ago, including the arbitrary dismissals of thousands of employees which led to rising unemployment rates, impose an immediate need to undo this unwise demobilisation move, which is bound to have drastic social consequences and will leave more than 2,000 employees without income. "


Additionally, the Labour Office believes that Gulf Air’s current management policy poses striking similarities to the policy implemented by Bapco in March of 1965, when the latter decided to lay off more than 1,500 employees and sparked a massive labour uprising which later expanded into a popular uprising.  Accordingly, it considers this type of failure to protect employee’s livelihoods as a serious catalyst for uprisings against governments and irresponsible companies.


In conclusion, the Labour Office called on all union and labor forces to launch campaigns in solidarity with Gulf Air’s Trade Union and its staff, and mobilise civil society institutions in support of this cause to address this crime being committed by the company against its employees.

 

 

The Labour Office

National Democratic Action Society (Waad)

10 January, 2013

 
 
 
 
 

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