Exempt low-paid staff, firms with high Bahrainisation: Waad


A lawyer from the group told the Tribune, “We have received complaints from some employees who are unhappy with the salary cut. They want legal assistance.”
The lawyer said they were preparing documents to file the case.


If the

Constitutional Court

rules in employees’ favour, then the unemployment insurance scheme might be put on hold. Another possibility is that the case might be postponed.


Last April, the

Constitutional Court

scrapped the Land acquisition law as unconstitutional.


Judge Ibrahim Mohammed Hassan Humaidan ordered the government to pay Ali (complainant) BD300 towards the legal expenses.


Meanwhile, the National Democratic Action Society (Waad) said companies with a high rate of Bahrainisation as well as those earning below the minimum wage should be exempted from the scheme.


The society, which has joined forces with Al Wefaq and Al Asala, said yesterday that the exemption was necessary because it had monitored the reactions of the deputies, trade unions and employers to the wage cut.


The society described the scheme as ‘unfair’ pointing out that the employer was required to pay one per cent which was being paid by the Labour fund and the fund could face bankruptcy because of the additional burden.


Mohammed Jameel Al Jamri, head of the Al Wefaq committee which will propose amendments to the scheme, said they held talks with the Committee of Unemployment and the General Federation of Bahrain Trade Unions and would push for a proposal which was being drafted.


The NDAS also urged scholars to refrain from making comments on the matter and demanded wage increments for the employees.


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