By Andrew White
EXCLUSIVE: Ministry of Labour says 50 out of 832 site inspections revealed violations.
Fifty companies have been fined for violating the midday outdoor working ban in Bahrain since it came into force on July 1, the Ministry of Labour confirmed on Thursday.
Ministry of Labour inspectors visited the building sites and outdoor work sites of 832 companies in the first week after the law, prohibiting labourers from working between midday and 4pm until August 31, came into effect.
Firms found flouting the rule can be fined up to BD300 ($795) for each employee working during the ban.
Around 500 companies, involving nearly 2,000 workers, were taken to court last year after being caught violating the rules.
Earlier this week, the UAE Ministry of Labour confirmed that 73 companies had been fined for violating the midday outdoor working ban in the Emirates, in the first six days since its implementation.
According to the UAE Ministry, 98.5 percent of the total companies visited by inspectors were committed to the midday break law, reflecting their commitment to maintain the rights of their workforce.
Out of a total of 890 visits, 11 companies were caught violating the ban in Abu Dhabi. Eighteen companies in Dubai were found breaking the law, out of a total of 1,005 inspections.
How can there be 50 companies violating the ban in Bahrain and only 11 companies in the UAE where there are significantly more companies? It makes you wonder what kind of inspections and compliance is taking place in the UAE. But then again, transparency is not something that exists in the UAE.