By Sarah Townsend
Restructure will see some staff switch roles and others made redundant as part of a major cost-cutting drive
Up to 30 percent of Bahrain parliament employees face losing their jobs under a restructuring plan launched in response to stringent budget cuts.
Details of the plan are to be revealed in the coming days, reported Gulf Daily News on Thursday, but it is thought to involve merging some government departments, instating department heads on a rotational basis, changing job descriptions and make necessary redundancies.
“We have 280 employees and more than 30 percent are not put in posts or jobs that suit them,” parliament secretary-general Abdulla Al Dossary was quoted as saying.
“A new employment structure has been completed in line with the needs of our future vision, taking into account our previous challenges and observations.
“Details are expected within the next few days and they will involve merging numerous departments together…while removing those unneeded (staff).”
Up to 80 employees could lose their jobs under the plans, which are part of cost cutting measures adopted by the government in the face of an expanding budget deficit and mounting public debt.
Meanwhile, a hiring freeze has been imposed with immediate effect and staff have been banned from having any political affiliation.
Said Al Dossary: “We have to correct things. Professionalism is necessary while ensuring our employees have no political affiliation with any society, ideology or group so they provide services to all in a just, proper manner.”
Bahrain’s deficit is expected to reach BD1.504 billion this year and BD1.505 billion in 2016, it was reported last month.
Earlier this week the Bahrain government approved the national budget for 2015 and 2016 following lengthy delays.