Danger pay for postmen is proposed in Bahrain
Manama, June 10, 2014
Bahrain's postmen could be soon getting danger pay over concerns that they were at risk of handling hazardous substances such as anthrax.
The proposal was made by Shura Council member Dr Aysha Al Mubarak yesterday during discussions on a new postal law, which will continue during an extraordinary session on Thursday (June 12), said a report in the Gulf Daily News (GDN), our sister publication.
However, Minister of State for Parliament and Shura Council Affairs Abdulaziz Al Fadhel said the decision should be left to the Civil Service Bureau.
"People deal with dangers in other professions and don't get danger allowances," he said.
"We are working on the issue at the Civil Service Bureau, so we can't single out a certain field.
"Post is X-rayed and checked by machines before going to those who deliver or handle it, so the danger is much lower than claimed."
The law would also ban hazardous or flammable materials and substances, narcotics and medicines from being transported as post, unless authorised.
Products that are immoral, sectarian or threaten public security would also be banned. - TradeArabia News Service