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2,200 Indian workers end strike in Bahrain

india Updated: Apr 13, 2008 19:33 IST

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More than 2,200 Indian construction workers in Bahrain, who were on strike, have agreed to return to work after getting promises for pay rise.

The workers were due to report to work at 5 am on Saturday, but they did not until the afternoon after the company agreed to increase their salaries.

The Indians, who work for Dubai-based Al Hamad Construction and Development, refused to go to work at various labour camps in Bahrain, said media reports.

The labourers, who receive a monthly salary ranging from USD 159 to USD 238, were angered when the company announced an across-the-board $26 increase, saying it was not enough to cope with the rising cost of living. Now the increase would range between $26 to $79.

An Indian Embassy official said that they could not interfere unless the workers filed a complaint with them. Labour Ministry professional development programme committee chief Ahmad Al Khabbaz said that no complaint has been registered with them, though they were checking on the matter.