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Sun 24 Aug 2008 07:54 AM

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Bahrain cracks down on illegal workers

Army of inspectors poised to start tour of companies to root out rogue employees, say officials.

An army of labour inspectors will soon be scouring companies throughout Bahrain to find illegal workers.

Rogue employers will face heavy fines or even prison sentences, the Labour Market Regulatory Authority (LMRA) has warned.

Seventy LMRA inspectors will inspect work places to eliminate any illegal practices in the labour market, and they have the right to enter places of work during working hours, day or night, reported the Gulf Daily News on Sunday.

Employers face an imprisonment for a period of at least three months, and not exceeding one year plus a fine while illegal workers caught will be deported.

Among the inspectors are lawyers and other professionally qualified people who have undergone extensive training at the LMRA.

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