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(WAAD) labours demand end of discrimination between citizens in employment
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2014-04-30 17:12:19




(WAAD) labours demand end of discrimination between citizens in employment

 

National Democratic Action Society “Waad” offers its sincerest congratulations to the Bahraini, Arab, and global working class in the occasion of International Labour Day. The first of May is a day where the free people, working class, and labourers exercise their human right to organize union marches, raising slogans and fair demands for workers.  

 As the labour and trade union movement in Bahrain celebrate this glorious international day, they face multiple labour and trade union challenges which they have struggled to achieve, including:

 First: labour trade union and solidarity: given the ferocity of globalization that imposes its unfair conditions onlabourers via global financial and monetary institutions, the disrespect of labour laws in relation to labour relations and unions by many business owners, the decline of earnings and labour rights in the labour law and the inability of the Ministry of Labour to fulfill its responsibility to enforce laws related to trade unions, and the attempts to dismantle, fragment and weaken the union movement; labour union acts as a safety valve that strengthens workers in order to achieve their demands. Solidarity between workers and unions is the best way to achieve their rights and demands.

 Second: the need to continue applying pressure and insist on compelling the government of Bahrain to be committed to democracy and constitutional reforms, respecting collective dialogue, rights to organize tradeunions, collective bargaining and implementing those principles legally and in exercise, hence, applying international standards related to workers and mainly to ratify two international conventions (87 – 98) related to the Right to Organize Unions and Collective Bargaining, the Tripartite Convention No. 144, Collective Bargaining Convention No. 154, Protection of Labour Representatives Convention No. 135.

 Third: Fight against discrimination in the workforce; given that the Bahraini government ratified the international convention (111) related to Discrimination in Respect of Employment and Occupation, the Bahraini government should respect, execute, and enact laws that criminalize discrimination, and open the path for all government ministries to work with the citizens of the country without discrimination on grounds of gender, sect, colour, or origin, in order to avoid the inhumane acts and violations against labour in the period of national safety in 2011.

Forth: Union rights in the public sector; the government of Bahrain continues to interpret laws related to the right to assemble unions based on its own interests, and refuses to allow for unions in the public sector. The government also harasses and threatens union representatives that practice their constitutional right and fight for the enforcement of international standards related to workers in the public sector through assembling unions.  

Fifth: The formation of a socio-economic council with broad powers that include the participation of all productive parties and related civil societies and which aims to monitor and evaluate current legislation as well as to propose legislation that will protect workers, enhance their earnings, and achieve their rights. This council is important in order to achieve the demanded

 

 

 

social justice and it should be present in all economic and development strategies.

 Sixth: The need for constant political pressure in order to ensure the implementation of laws regarding the consolidation of social insurance funds (public, private and military) and to enhance their benefits. Resistance will pressure the government to abide by the laws and to accelerate the achievement of this requirement.

 Seventh: The promotion of social dialogue and collective bargaining between unions, the General Federation of Bahrain Trade Unions, and government employees, especially since a large number of business owners have completely abandoned negotiations with unions and that the Ministry of Labour has failed to impose any sanctions on them that would have reinforced the need and respect for clear legal principles to expedite all Tripartite and Supplemental Convention’s conditions signed between Ministry of Labour, General Federation of Bahrain Trade Unionist and Bahrain Chamber of Commerce and Industry under the patronage of International Labour Organization (ILO) to reinstate the dismissed workers in public and private sectors and to settle their financial and insurance compensations for the period of suspension and dismissal.

Eighth: The government must create suitable employment opportunities through economic and development strategies to ensure the well being of the Bahraini citizen; to lower the rates of unemployment especially amongst women and youth and to raise women participation in workforce. The need to move from a rentier state to a productive state on the basis of equal citizenship and equitable distribution of national wealth.

Ninth: To reconsider the articles of the new Labour Law No. 36/2012 whereas this law is in conflict with the standards of International Labour in work individual relations and collective relations, and to reconsider the Decree-Law No. 33/2002 concerning trade unions whereas this law is in conflict with principles of rights and liberties of trade unions according to International Labour standards, through collective dialogue and the participation of General Federation of Bahrain Trade Unionist and respecting its visuals in both laws.

The labour and trade union movement, along with all the political and civil rights organizations that are believers of truth, justice, freedom, equality and real democracy, is calling on the government to respect these values of humanity and civilization and to consider their achievements essential for life and society.

 Glory and immortality to the martyrs of the working class and martyrs of this nation.

Our sincere appreciation and admiration goes to the loyal and productive hands that through the realization of theirdreams, are helping the community achieve sustainable development.

 

Bureau of Labour

 

National Democratic Action Society “Waad”

Manama bahrain

May 1, 2014

 

 

 
 
 
 
 

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