Firms crippled by labour policies

First it was the Labour Ministry, with its weird policies that destroyed several small and medium size businesses in this country. Now it is the turn of the LMRA labour market to do the same.

Our company applied for 20 workers with the Labour Ministry along with all relevant documents showing jobs in hand etc, but they said they could give us work permits for only eight workers, that too if we hired about nine Bahrainis.

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New LMRA call to companies

By Mandeep Singh

COMPANIES need to come forward to provide up-to-date information on their expatriate workers to labour authorities, it was reiterated yesterday.

With a little more than a month remaining for the July 1 deadline for companies to “cleanse” their data, only about 20 per cent of the expatriate workers have been registered so far, said Labour Market Regulatory Authority (LMRA) chief executive Ali Radhi.

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Labour alternative plan

MANAMA: Labour Minister Dr Majeed Al Alawi yesterday said that he was seeking alternatives to Indian labour. He revealed that his recent tour of Asian countries was aimed at exploring new labour recruitment opportunities. Dr Al Alawi said that the ministry started implementing BD230 minimum wages for jobseekers, with a hope of increasing to BD300. He pointed out that BD30 millions in unemployment benefits funds are spent monthly, denying report of the benefit stoppage.

Labour pact with Nepal

BAHRAIN yesterday signed a bilateral labour pact with Nepal to pave the way for secured employment opportunities and provide legal recognition to Nepali workers here. Bahrain Labour Minister Dr Majeed Al Alawi arrived in Kathmandu yesterday on a three-day long official visit leading a nine-member delegation.

Dr Al Alawi signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with his Nepali counterpart Ramesh Lekhak in Kathmandu.

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