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70 Bahrain workers thrown out of accommodation over salary strike

Indian nationals said they were made to do high risk jobs they were not trained for

70 Bahrain workers thrown out of accommodation over salary strike
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More than 70 Indian workers have been thrown out of their accommodation in Bahrain after protesting over a lack of pay rises.

The workers were reportedly abused and kicked out of their housing on Sunday evening by their employer, a private chemicals and marine services company, reported Gulf Daily News.

They approached the Indian Embassy on Monday amid allegations they were forced to do high-risk jobs they were not trained for.

“We are paid on time, but our problem is that we are not paid what was agreed on. We asked for the salary increase and the owner slapped one of us in the face and threw us out [of the accommodation] and we spent the night on the road,” a worker told the newspaper on the condition of anonymity.

“All of us paid between $740 (BD280) and $1,113 (BD420) in India to the recruitment agent for this job and we were hired as technical workers. We were not told we will be doing such high-risk jobs like cleaning tankers. We handle chemicals like acid and we are made to clean tanks that are almost 100 feet deep, which are highly risky. We don’t want to work, we want to go home,” claimed another worker.

Officials from the General Federation of Bahrain Trade Unions (GFBTU) have reportedly contacted the company, diplomats, and labour and human rights officials in order to help solve the case.

They urged the Labour and Social Development Ministry and the Labour Market Regulatory Authority to take responsibility in protecting migrant workers’ rights.

Neither the company nor the Indian Embassy gave a comment.