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Workers on strike in Bahrain

About 600 workers, including Indians, at a contracting firm stopped work for the 2nd time in 10 months to demand better pay.

india Updated: Mar 10, 2008 17:05 IST

About 600 workers, including Indians, at a contracting company in Bahrain stopped work for the second time in 10 months to demand higher pay.

Workers at the Mohammed Jalal company went on strike on Sunday, making the company the 12th to suffer from industrial unrest in five weeks.

Meanwhile, a strike by over 1,120 Asian workers including Indians, employed by construction conglomerate Haji Hassan Group in Bahrain, entered the second day on Monday.

"Our demand is very simple. The salaries of the Bahrainis should be raised by 2.5 per cent every year starting from this year and the expatriate workers' salaries by $66," said workers' trade union chairman Abdulla Mirza.

Mirza claimed that expatriates, who do unskilled and semi-skilled jobs receive a basic salary ranging from $132 to $184. The Bahraini staff, working as drivers and salesmen, receive $527 and other allowances.