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Fri 26 Dec 2008 12:00 PM

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Bahrain pledges to protect jobs amid global crisis

Labour minister says gov't is 'doing our best' to ensure slowdown does not hit workers.

All efforts are being made to ensure jobs in Bahrain are safe despite the global financial crisis, a government minister has pledged.

Labour Minister Dr Majeed al-Alawi said leaders in the Gulf state were "doing our best" to ensure no workers are made redundant during the economic turmoil that has killed off hundreds of thousands of jobs worldwide.

"The unemployment ghost will continue haunting us, as it haunts other countries due to the financial crisis the world is going through. However, here in Bahrain we are doing our best to ensure that none are made jobless because of it," he assured the nation’s workforce," he said in comments published in Gulf Daily News on Friday.

"We are trying our best to keep unemployment levels at their lowest, despite the external and changeable factors affecting the market," he added.

Alawi was speaking at a ceremony to honour outstanding private sector employees.

A total of 111 private sector employees, 18 leading entrepreneurs and companies and six pioneers were honoured at the event.

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