ILO to help Bahrain with moves to legalize trade unions

Published June 3rd, 2001 - 02:00 GMT

The Geneva-based International Labor Organization (ILO) is to send a delegate to Manama next month to help Bahrain with moves to legalize trade unions, a labor committee official said Wednesday, May 30. 

 

Abdullah Hussein, secretary general of the semi-official General Committee for Workers of Bahrain which liaises between employers and workers, told AFP that the official was expected on June 17. 

 

The emir, Sheikh Hamad Bin Issa Al-Khalifa, met the committee Monday and called on members to speed up their work on articles of a draft law for a union of workers and employees, said Hussein. 

 

Labor Minister Abdel Nabi Al-Shuala said in April that the authorities ― as part of democratic reforms ― were "working on union laws," which would make Bahrain only the second Gulf Arab state after Kuwait to have trade unions. 

 

A mid-February referendum won massive support for a national charter to restore democracy and parliamentary life in Bahrain. 

 

The charter also calls for a split between executive, legislative and judiciary powers, equal rights for women and men, and the transformation of the emirate into a constitutional monarchy. ― (AFP, Manama) 

 

© Agence France Presse 2001

© 2001 Mena Report (www.menareport.com)

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