New offices for labour disputes

LABOUR complaints can now be filed at two new offices opened by the country’s labour watchdog yesterday.

The ‘Labour Claims Departments’ at the Expat Protection Centre in Sehla and the Labour Market Regulatory Authority (LMRA) branch in Riffa will register all labour-related disputes, including non-payment of wages. Continue reading

New labour welfare projects to be launched in Bahrain

A NUMBER of labour-centric initiatives will be launched in Bahrain this year to safeguard the welfare of expatriate workers and employers.

The Labour Market Regulatory Authority (LMRA) is undertaking these programmes under the motto, ‘Leaving No-one Behind’, according to chief executive Ausamah Al Absi. Continue reading

New service to help distressed expatriate employees

A new initiative is being launched to streamline the process of helping distressed expatriate employees sue their employers.

Two special offices will be opened soon to assist an aggrieved worker compile all relevant documents and submit a complaint electronically on the same day to the Justice, Islamic Affairs and Endowments Ministry. Continue reading

30,000 sign up for flexi permit to legalise their stay in Bahrain

A TOTAL of 30,000 expatriates have legalised their stay in Bahrain over the past two years by signing up for flexible work permits.

The documents allow recipients to live in Bahrain and work as freelancers, providing services to a variety of employers on either a full-time or part-time basis. Continue reading

Fun and games initiative to boost morale of expatriate workers

AN initiative to boost the morale of Bahrain’s low-paid expat workers saw almost 1,000 come together for an action-packed day of activities yesterday. The ICRF Workers Day – Autumn Fest, organised by the Indian Community Relief Fund (ICRF), was held at the Indian School grounds, Isa Town. Continue reading

Bahrain’s record is impressive

AS we mark the World Day Against Trafficking in Persons, I, on behalf of the Embassy of the Philippines, the Republic of the Philippines and most of all, the over 50,000 overseas Filipinos living and working in Bahrain, extend congratulations on the Kingdom of Bahrain’s attainment of Tier 1 status in the US Department of State classification of States in Combating Trafficking in Persons. Continue reading

Bahrain to spearhead anti-trafficking drive

AN anti-human trafficking centre that will provide training to experts around the region is expected to open soon in Bahrain.

The state-of-the-art facility will have access to a digital database that contains details of victims, trafficking routes, court verdicts and other information to identify trends globally.

It is being spearheaded by the Labour Market Regulatory Authority (LMRA) in co-operation with the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). Continue reading

30 Filipinos sign up for flexi permit

A FIRST batch of undocumentedFilipino residents in Bahrain have legalised their stay, thanks to financial support provided by their own government.Manila has agreed to pay a substantial contribution towards their flexible work permits, which were launched by Bahrain’s Labour Market Regulatory Authority (LMRA) last year. Continue reading

Trafficking clamp success praised by top diplomat


BAHRAIN’S efforts to combat human trafficking, including the protection of alleged Filipina victims, has been praised by a top diplomat. Philippines Ambassador Alfonso Ver said the Labour Market Regulatory Authority (LMRA) has played a key role in addressing the “global scourge” through new programmes and intensified campaigns in the country. Continue reading