Bahrain trade union condemns Indian worker’s death

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From IANS news agency in India:

Bahrain trade union condemns Indian’s death

Dubai, Oct 24. A trade union in Bahrain has condemned the death of an Indian man in a fire at a workshop in the Sitrah region of the Gulf nation.

Following the death of Jijo Varghese Cherian Oct 21 in a fire that broke out at the Al Namal Contracting and Trading Company in Nuwaidrat, where he was working, the General Federation of Bahrain Trade Unions (GFBTU) Wednesday expressed concern at the working conditions of the workshops across the country, the Gulf Daily News reported.

Labour ministry officials during their visit to the site reportedly found lapses in the company’s safety norms.

Cherian reportedly got trapped inside the pit of the workshop along with two of his colleagues – Aby Mathew and Thomas Parackal George – when the fire broke out.

His two colleagues managed to escape and tried to pull out Cherian but were beaten back by the flames and smoke.

Cherian, 21, suffered severe burns and succumbed to his injuries at Salmaniya Medical Complex in Manama.

“The GFBTU has repeatedly warned of these kind of tragedies, especially in high-risk workplaces such as workshops, garages and factories,” GFBTU assistant secretary-general Mohammed Mahdi was quoted as saying.

“To undertake our ethical and human roles, we in the GFBTU will hide no effort to monitor, analyse and report such cases aiming to reduce more victims at work environments,” he said.

Cherian’s body was repatriated to the south Indian state of Kerala Wednesday.

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12 thoughts on “Bahrain trade union condemns Indian worker’s death

  1. Expat worker dies after fall

    By ANIQA HAIDER , Posted on » Tuesday, October 29, 2013

    A SECOND expat worker has died on the job in the space of a week, taking the total death toll on Bahrain’s worksites to 24 since the start of the year.

    Bangladeshi Sohid Nadyaj died at Salmaniya Medical Complex (SMC) yesterday, a day after he was dragged off the second floor of a building under construction in Manama.

    He was using a pulley to haul up materials when the rope he was holding snapped and dragged him to the ground.

    Mr Nadyaj is the second pulley operator to have been killed in Bahrain in just over a month.

    Pakistani Irshadullah Muhammad Din, 32, died in similar circumstances on September 17.

    Labour Ministry inspection and labour unions director Ahmed Al Haiki told the GDN Mr Nadyaj was working illegally since he did not have a valid visa – and was not even qualified in construction.

    “He was an illegal worker and wasn’t aware of construction work,” said Mr Al Haiki. …

    “Some contracting and construction companies hire illegal workers to cut costs and pay them little, as they know they are illegal and won’t go to authorities to complain. …


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  3. Still waiting

    Posted on » Sunday, December 01, 2013

    On behalf of all the Indian crew of Bahrain Air, we all want to know why Bahrain’s Labour Ministry is not taking any legal steps against the owners of Bahrain Air regarding the balance 50 per cent of our salary which they still owe us.

    We all were just thrown out on the road without even giving us a return air ticket back to our country and our balance salary. We were told that we will be paid immediately but as of today there is no news from the owners of Bahrain Air or the union leader Mr Rouff.

    Is there any chance the Labour Ministry could intervene in this matter and let us know if there is any chance of us receiving our outstanding salary.

    Jayachandran (father of an air hostess)


  4. Bosses suck!

    Posted on » Sunday, March 09, 2014

    I worked in one of the major chain of hotels in Bahrain for more than 14 months. After I resigned upon getting a better offer, my employer charged BD250 for a visa, but didn’t pay me any gratuity and the ex-bosses are all busy trashing my name to all the clients I was fired for stealing. Why can’t people accept things and move on. Bahrain is a small country to go round telling people lies. Is this legal to charge your employees a visa fee when they were hired locally?

    Can I claim my money via legal way? Can anyone help? Dharma


  5. 25 years’ agony over travel ban

    By ANIQA HAIDER , Posted on » Sunday, May 18, 2014

    AN expat worker who has not seen his family for a quarter century is now seeking help from Bahrain’s leadership so that he can finally go home.

    Indian Parasuram Hublikar first came to Bahrain in 1976 to work as a garage mechanic, but a travel ban slapped on him in 1989 over an unpaid debt means he has not seen his family for 25 years.

    The 58-year-old first appeared in the GDN in 2011 appealing to the Indian Embassy to come to his aid, as he claims he has paid off his debts despite the travel ban that still hangs over his head to this day.

    “I haven’t seen my family for 25 years and I’m still struggling to sort out my issues and be with them,” said Mr Hublikar.

    “I now request Bahrain’s leadership to help me solve this problem and allow me to go back home.”

    Although Mr Hublikar claims to have paid off the BD1,037 debt he was originally taken to court over, he has lost the receipts proving the payments and is now penniless – relying on the support of friends to survive.

    His wife Jamuna works as a housemaid in Bangalore struggling to make ends meet and he does not even know what his 27-year-old son Jagdeesh looks like anymore, he told the GDN.

    “Last time I saw my family was in 1989 and I haven’t sent any money home since 1990,” he said.

    “My wife is working as a maid and my son was unable to go to school, as I didn’t have any money to send to them.

    “I have no permanent job and I do odd jobs to survive – I don’t know when this case will be over and the government will remove the ban so I can go home.”

    Mr Hublikar’s former employer, Mahmood Hassan Baqer, earlier confirmed to the GDN that all outstanding debts had been paid – but apparently there is insufficient evidence to prove this for the purposes of removing the travel ban.

    Indian Embassy officials have also confirmed that they are aware of Mr Hublikar’s plight, but said all they were able to do was put him in touch with a legal representative.


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