The head of the General Federation of Bahrain Trade Unions, Abdul-Qader Al-Shihabi, said that the union supports continuing to support the salaries of Bahrainis in the private sector for an additional 3 months, according to the vision put forward by the House of Representatives, so that the support is legalized and includes only the affected companies and those in need of support.
He stressed that there is a need to set precise criteria for obtaining salary support, except in principle "the union supports this trend, especially for commercial sectors that are completely or almost completely stopped."
He mentioned that the General Federation of Bahrain Trade Unions raised a list of the names of those laid off from their jobs due to "Corona" for the Ministry of Labor, during the meeting of the joint committee between the union and the ministry, noting that the numbers of those laid off so far are limited, but the concerns are after the government support ends at the end of this month.
In the same context, the General Federation of Bahrain Trade Unions demanded that the role of unions in consulting and negotiating workers should not be overlooked before making decisions affecting workers and labor contracts, considering that unions are a basic and active partner in the production process and a necessary interlocutor on labor issues in all circumstances in order to reach understandings It leads to acceptable and satisfactory solutions for all actors in the economic process and preserving workers' rights and gains.
He said that the Union is following with concern the decisions that were issued recently by some major companies, which were described as difficult and necessary to reduce expenses and rationalize expenditures, which include reducing the workforce and terminating work contracts due to the losses incurred by several sectors due to the consequences of the Corona virus.
He also stressed the necessity of activating the principle of social dialogue at the national level to discuss the difficulties faced by the two main labor parties, workers and employers, because during the tripartite social dialogue it is possible to tackle the most complex economic and social problems in the most difficult times and is the key to fair practical solutions to economic and social crises.
The Union renewed its urgent demand to establish an economic and social council with the responsibility of dealing with economic crises and exchanging opinions on them, in which the three parties to work and other economic and social institutions concerned with economic and social issues in our country participate.
The General Federation of Bahrain Trade Unions called for activating the national decent work program signed by the three parties to work and the International Labor Organization in March 2010, which has not yet been able to activate it, and the time has come to activate it and make the most of its data as a tool to bridge the deficit in the work system and address the gaps in The labor sector and the elevation of work in our economic facilities to advanced levels similar to many advanced economies in the world.
The General Union also called for activating the principle of the minimum wage, because the experience of economic crises that the region witnessed in recent years requires setting a minimum wage to protect vulnerable social groups from the negative effects of economic crises, inflation waves and price fluctuations, and it was concluded within an evaluation and objective economic study that it should not be less The minimum wage is 700 BD, as this wage is the lowest possible to provide a decent life and decent living for the worker in our country in a manner that preserves his dignity and saves him from want and poverty.
The joint committee between the Ministry of Labor and the General Federation of Bahrain Trade Unions held its regular meeting on 11 June 2020, where the two parties stressed the need to unite efforts and capabilities and exchange information in order to maintain job stability and avoid harming workers due to dismissal from work, citing the implications and effects of the Corona virus.