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100 Bahrain firms plan protests over expat worker fee

Business owners say they will stop production in protest over the $26.5 charge.

About 100 Bahraini businesses plan to halt production one morning next week in protest over a fee for expatriate workers, Gulf Daily News has reported.

Under the Market Regulatory Authority's (LMRA) a fee of BD10 ($26.5) must be paid for every expat worker, with the money going to the independent labour fund Tamkeen.

"We will close down our businesses on Saturday morning, when we normally operate, to protest against the LMRA's order," businessman Nader Allawi told the paper.

"The law clearly states that the LMRA cannot take a decision without discussing it with every side."

Small to medium sized business owners have demonstrated outside the LMRA office earlier this year asking for the fee to be scrapped.

"The authorities concerned are trying to quickly implement this decision to change our requests but we are sticking to our original requests and we are demanding the removal of the BD10 fees," Allawi said.

khaled 10 years ago

You should come to UAE to see how much they are charging per labor !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!