• The GCC Financial Forum 2019
Firing them legally

Firing them legally

A prominent trade union in the Kingdom yesterday lashed out at companies here for misusing an article in Bahrain’s Labour Law to sack employees in an unfair manner and deny them proper compensations. Urging the government to take strict actions against such practices, Karim Radhi, the General Secretary of the General Federation of Bahrain Trade Unions (GFBTU) told Tribune that there is a widespread increase in the number of such cases where the article 110 in the Labour Law No 36/2012 has been misused to lay off workers.

The article, Karim Radhi said, allows companies to downsize in times of financial difficulties but are currently being employed as an ‘excuse’ to fire employees. “Many of the companies are making the plea that it is a matter of restructuring or full or partial closure making laid-off workers eligible for the least compensation which is 12 days per service year with a maximum of 6 months salaries,” GFBTU said in a statement. 

The reality, however, is much more serious, Radhi told Tribune, with GFBTU suspecting a foul play where companies are using layoffs as a pretext to hire cheaper labour or to replace Bahraini workers. “We have noticed that some companies have done this,” Radhi said adding: “The question is whether the companies are really having financial difficulties.” “They fired many but only to move on with expansion plans soon after.

They are also using this article to pay workers less compensation,” Radhi claimed “We know that certain sectors such as the construction industry are having difficult times, but this is not the case with many other industries that are actually flourishing.”




Expat dies after suicide attempt

Expat dies after suicide attempt

A 28-year-old expatriate passed away at Salmaniya Medical Complex yesterday after being admitted there following a suicide attempt two days ago. The deceased, Sachin, hailing from the Indian state of Kerala had arrived in the Kingdom only a month ago to work as a salesman. Sources said he swallow

Asian ‘drugged people in attempt to rob them’

Asian ‘drugged people in attempt to rob them’

An Asian man attempted to drug travellers in an effort to steal their belongings, it was revealed. According to a statement issued by the Bahrain National Airport Police Station, the accused, who visited the Kingdom for transit, drugged hot drinks, which he offered to the travellers at the airpor

Rare diseases awareness campaign launched

Rare diseases awareness campaign launched

  For the seventh consecutive year, Al Jawhara Centre for Molecular Medicine, affiliated to the Arabian Gulf University (AGU), is launching a national awareness campaign on rare diseases.   This is in conjunction with World Rare Disease Day to be observed on February 2

Kidnappers’ jail term upheld

Kidnappers’ jail term upheld

The High Criminal Appeals Court has upheld the sentences issued against 10 men convicted of kidnapping a man and forcing him to confess that he was a police informer. The defendants are said to have been abducted from Buri village. They allegedly pushed him inside their car after telling him that

Innovation fest Unbound returns to the Kingdom

Innovation fest Unbound returns to the Kingdom

World-renowned innovation festival Unbound will return to Bahrain on March 6 and 7 to showcase some of the most inventive brands, start-ups, and government initiatives seen in Bahrain and across the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). Expecting to double in size from last year, Unbound Bahrain m

Lending a helping hand

Lending a helping hand

The Bahrain Red Crescent Society (BRCS) has intensified its humanitarian efforts to help refugees in winter through distributing winter aid to around 350 refugee families from Syria residing in North Lebanon camps. The aid included winter essentials, such as blankets, clothes, heaters and food pa

Egypt hangs nine

Egypt hangs nine

Egypt hanged nine men yesterday for the 2015 assassination of the prosecutor general, judicial sources said, bringing to 15 the number of executions it has carried out this month. Hisham Barakat was killed in June 2015 when a car bomb struck his convoy in Cairo following militant calls for attack

Saudi orders release of 850 Indian prisoners

Saudi orders release of 850 Indian prisoners

Coinciding with the visit of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to India, Saudi Arabia yesterday ordered release of 850 Indian prisoners lodged in its jails. External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said the decision was taken on the request of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. “Anoth


Khloe breaks up with Tristan

Khloe breaks up with Tristan

American reality star Khloe Kardashian has called it quits with NBA player Tristan Thompson, just 10 months after the two welcomed their daughter. E! News confirmed recently that the couple has split up. This comes right around the sam

Palladium tops $1,500

Palladium tops $1,500

Precious metal palladium yesterday reached above $1,500 per ounce for the first time in trading thanks to supply deficit worries, according to analysts. Palladium hit $1,504.52 per ounce from $1,480.15 late on Tuesday. It later yesterd

ABG reports profit of US $129 million

ABG reports profit of US $129 million

Al Baraka Banking Group (ABG) reported increases in income, with a 4 per cent increase in net operating income, a 5pc rise in total net income, as net income attributable of shareholders remained unchanged compared to the year 2017. Th