ILO writes off complaint against Bahrain
Geneva, March 27, 2014
The International Labour Organisation (ILO) has written off a complaint against Bahrain.
It has also decided not to take any further action thus ending a case, which had been filed by dismissed workers following events in February and March of 2011, said a report in the Gulf Daily News (GDN), our sister publication.
This came during an ILO board of directors meeting in Geneva, attended by Labour Minister Jameel Humaidan, Bahrain' delegation members, government representatives, employers, workers and senior ILO officials.
The ILO board praised the transparency shown by Bahrain in dealing with the case as well as positive co-operation between the parties involved.
The board welcomed tireless efforts by Bahrain to close cases of dismissed employees.
This included the returning of the majority of those dismissed or suspended from work, and re-employment of others.
Based on a mutual agreement between the two sides, the Bahraini government agreed to settle and compromise the work status of parties concerned, and to follow up on some of the issues that have not been resolved yet.
Moreover, the ILO board praised Bahrain's transparency in dealing with the case as well as the positive co-operation between the parties involved.
It said that the decision to write off the complaint came after Bahrain engaged in fruitful co-operation with all parties involved and proved its commitment to settling the issue.
Humaidan thanked the board for the historic decision and their efforts.
He also hailed steps by Bahrain and related entities to pave the way for new page of constructive co-operation to achieve required consensus on any issue.
In his speech, Humaidan said that the decision opens a "new shining page in which the three production parties in Bahrain would meet again to love and serve their country".
"They will uphold their homeland prestige, promote values of work and co-operation and overcome disputes or difficulties.
"We will prove once again that our country is undividable, and that it is moving forward in promoting the values of goodness, tolerance and national cohesion through the maintenance and protection of rights of all interests," he added.
The minister stressed that the achievement reflects Bahrain's obligation to maintain its human and labour rights gains, which have been key areas in the comprehensive reform strategy launched His Majesty King Hamad 12 years ago. - TradeArabia News Service