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Two Years and Still Sacked: BAS Trade Union Chairman: Dismissed Unionists Case Stuck Without a Solution
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2013-06-01 15:28:42





Yousef Al-Khaja, trade union chairman of Bahrain Airport Services (BAS) demanded the resolution of the case of unionists and labourers sacked since mid 2011.

Two years after his dismissal from work, Al-Khaja stated to the press that, “despite repeated government promises that our return to work is just a matter of time, there are no signs of resolving this issue, which is starting its third year without a serious solution.”

He added, “There are a number of union leaders still dismissed, as well as hundreds of workers, and their fate is unknown as of yet. It is unreasonable for a worker to be unemployed and without pay for two whole years," explaining, "do state officials not wonder how those dismissed are meeting their household needs?”

“I have been sacked from my job since 1 June 2011, and I met with officials in the Ministry of Labour several times, including Labour Minister Jameel Humaidan. Each time they promised me that the procedures of returning me to my job will not take long. Today, it has been two years, and I am still dismissed.” He added, “on the contrary, the sackings are ongoing and the ministry remains idle, and has yet to exercise its basic legal authorities to force companies to stop this disgrace.”

Al Khaja stated, “last year, during the International Labour Organization’s (ILO) delegation to Bahrain, the Ministry of Labour (MoL) claimed it would return those sacked, including trade unionists, to their jobs. However, the reality is quite the opposite, based on my case as well as other trade unionists."

He stressed “the importance of the MoL’s commitment to the ILO to return every person dismissed to their work."

He noted, "some companies consider themselves above the law and continue business as usual with indifference  to statements by senior officials in the country that emphasize the importance of the return of all dismissed employees to their jobs,” demanding the MoL “intervene to seriously resolve the case without procrastination and endless delays.”

Al-Khaja expressed that “there are parties trying to block the return of those dismissed, contrary to the Royal directives calling for the reinstatement of all those dismissed and arrested. These directives are in line with the recommendations of the BICI, as well as the tripartite agreement between the parties.”

 

 

 

 
 
 
 
 

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