Bahrain Workers Call Off Strike After Employer Apologises



The workers refused to go to work from Thursday last after six men claimed they were beaten with a wooden plank for not working fast enough at a site in Jidhafs area.



The workers had threatened to stage a protest at the Indian Embassy on Monday if their sponsors didn’t apologise to them personally.



Their basic pay ranges from BD60 (Rs 7,000) to BD75 (Rs 8,787) a month, but they wanted it to be increased to BD80 (Rs 9,373).



The sponsors had apologised to the Indian Embassy over allegations of mistreatment, following which the workers called off their stir on Monday.



Labour Ministry officials visited the workers’ accommodation in Salmabad to investigate their claims.



Indian Ambassador Balkrishna Shetty said the three sponsors had admitted mistreating the workers. "The sponsors have realised their mistakes and apologised," Shetty said.


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