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Sep 10, 2007
Indian Workers in Bahrain May Be Underpaid
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The Indian Embassy in Bahrain warned that Indians who are currently employed in the said country must exercise caution before accepting a salary offer for a certain job. They should not be easily lured with the offer of a high salary without examining the real value of the wage they will receive.

Before accepting job offer, the Indian workers were advised to consider the following: the present strong and rising value of the Indian rupee, the high cost of living in Bahrain, and the possibility of no salary increase for years

Ambassador Balkrishna Shetty said that workers must see to it that the salary being offered will be adequate to cope with the high cost of living in Bahrain. In working abroad, the goal and the expected benefits of a worker must be clear from the start.

 

The Ambassador said, "When a person is offered a job with a salary of a few hundred dinars, his accommodation will cost him more than half this amount. In such cases, what is the point of leaving behind your homeland to work in a foreign country?

 

In lieu with this, there had been earlier reports that India is set to propose a minimum wage for workers in Bahrain. As a response to this, Dr Majeed Al Alawi, Labour Minister and Labour Market Regulatory Authority chairman of Bahrain said that the kingdom is currently putting into practice relevant legislation and laws committed to international treaties.

 

Al Alawi said that the Bahraini employer and foreign workers will agree upon the subject of minimum wage without the intrusion of any country. Mr Shetty said India is not trying to meddle with Bahrain laws. Their proposal is based on the quality of life possible for a minimum wage earner with regard to the cost of living in Bahrain.

 

Mr. Shetty said, "Companies and establishments in Bahrain which fail to pay a decent salary may not get good workers from India in future. It is almost impossible to live in Bahrain on BD40 a month - no one can these days. For years the salaries in Bahrain have not increased though the cost of living has gone up considerably. The minimum wage to be decided should be not only for labourers but for all working Indians, irrespective of their profession.


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