Bahrain issues new rules on sacked workers
Manama, September 9, 2011
A special committee, chaired by Bahrain’s Labour Minister Jameel Humaidan, has outlined guidelines on reinstating suspended state employees.
As per the guidelines, any administrative breach committed inside the establishment is to be settled in accordance with provisions of the Labour Law, taking into consideration exceptional circumstances the country has gone through. Also, the criteria drawn up by the Labour Ministry must be taken into account before inflicting any severe punishment.
A worker can be suspended in case of criminal offence committed at the workplace and the case can only be settled by the court.
Violations committed at the workplace which require investigation include any act disrupting security and order and tangible acts that cause harm to the company's interests and assets, with corroborating evidence, in addition to any explicit call preventing others from working or inciting them to stop working and deliberate violations of labour rules.
However, dismissed workers must be pardoned in accordance with royal recommendations if the layoffs were due to absence from work on suspicion of the workers' participation in strikes or sit-ins or unlicenced protests or for any reason lacking evidence.
The committee was set up to look into the dismissal of employees following His Majesty's address to the nation marking the last 10 days of Ramadan. – TradeArabia News Service