Bahrain's Alba says 319 employees reinstated

Aluminium giant says 220 people sacked during protests back at work, others to return soon
Bahrain's Alba says 319 employees reinstated
Flashback to Bahrain uprising in March 2011 (Getty Images)
By Andy Sambidge
Mon 30 Apr 2012 06:02 PM

Bahrain Aluminium, which owns the world's fourth-largest aluminum smelter, said on Monday that more than 300 employees have been reinstated after being sacked amid protests last year.

The company said in a statement that 220 people have already returned to work and Alba is in the process of finding suitable positions for the remainder.

Incentives, such as a five percent increase in salary, have been announced for those who volunteered to rotate their positions in the plant, Alba added.

In February, the Gulf Kingdom's Labour Ministry said a total of 937 workers sacked for their roles in last year's Bahrain uprisings had been reinstated.

Out of a total of 2,462 employees who were dismissed, another 608 have been welcomed back by companies and are in the process of being reinstated, the ministry said.

Alba made the announcement ahead of International Labour Day on May 1, saying it was in line with directives issued by King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa.

Laurent Schmitt, Alba's chief executive, added: "We aim to provide the reinstated employees with proper opportunities for them to grow in the organisation - this adjustment might take some time as the company has to work on internal mobility for its workforce."

Hamad Alshaibeh, Alba's head of employee relations, said: "Alba recorded a high number of reinstatements in response to the directives issued by the leadership. 319 employees were reinstated out of which 220 have already returned to work."

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