Bahrain manpower agencies to vote on strike
Manama, July 3, 2014
A vote on whether manpower agencies in Bahrain will go on strike could be taken next week.
The Bahrain Recruiters Society (BRS) is due to hold a general assembly meeting on July 12 and a mandatory cash deposit introduced on June 1 is expected to be on the agenda, said a report in the Gulf Daily News (GDN), our sister publication.
It means agencies must deposit at least BD10,000 ($26,396) in a bank account to have their licence renewed, as part of efforts to better regulate the sector.
"A few members are favouring a strike option," BRS chairman Fareed Al Mahmeed told the GDN yesterday.
"However, this is completely dependent on the general assembly."
The new rules were also discussed during a society board meeting on Tuesday.
Meanwhile, BRS vice-chairman Habeeb Marhoon said agencies currently had no choice but to abide by the rule.
"We are trying to look into all options, but I feel a strike may not be helpful," he said.
The society is hoping to meet His Royal Highness Prime Minister Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa to discuss the rule imposed by the Labour Market Regulatory Authority. - TradeArabia News Service