'Return to work' appeal by Bahrain business leaders
Manama, March 22, 2011
Business leaders have urged all workers across Bahrain to return to work immediately. The Bahrain Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BCCI) issued the plea as unionists continue with a week-old national strike.
'Everyone should display a sense of national responsibility and keep the interests of the country first and foremost in their minds,' said a BCCI statement.
It came after a meeting with board members of the General Federation of Bahrain Trade Unions (GFBTU), which has spearheaded the nationwide strike.
'We have to all make efforts for our normal life to return,' said the BCCI.
'By not coming to work and absenteeism, we are only harming the country's economy.
'This will hurt everyone - whether it is workers, traders or the general public.'
The BCCI also appealed to the government to ensure the protection and security of all citizens to give them confidence that life had returned to normal.
'It is important to ensure there is no hindrance in the movement of people from one place to the other so they can come freely to work and return home,' it said.
The statement said the continuing call to strike by unionists was 'deeply regrettable' because it not only disrupted normal life, but it adversely affected everyone.
The BCCI statement said only the combined effort of everyone in the country would get the nation out of the turmoil it was going through.
'We are confident the present crisis will be a thing of the past soon and we urge all concerned to come to the negotiating table and take part in a national dialogue,' it said.
'We appeal to everybody to protect Bahrain from harm because this is our homeland and we have to make it prosper.'
l Operations at Bahrain International Airport were normal yesterday despite a nationwide strike called by trade unionists.
A Bahrain Airport Company spokeswoman said the firm had not been affected.
'None of our employees is on strike as we do not have a trade union,' she said.-TradeArabia News Service