Bahrain: Security Solutions faces allegations of racial discrimination, irregular wages, non-payment of holiday & overtime pay for African workers; incl. co. & client responses
In February 2020, Migrant-Rights.org published a letter from a worker at Security Solutions in Bahrain who alleged a number of labour abuses against the security giant, including non-payment of wages and end-of-service benefits, terminating the visa of a worker because he had asked to return home for a vacation without providing him with an air ticket, systematic discrimination against some workers on the basis of nationality - routinely paying Asian workers higher than Africa workers for the same work, and not permitting African workers to have a day off and not paying them overtime. The worker provided Migrant-Rights.org with a copy of his contract, which evidences some of the allegations. By Migrant-Rights.org's assessment it is in violation of the labour law, as it includes indemnity, overtime, holidays, leave salary, and other provisions as a monthly allowance of 30 BD.
Business & Human Rights Resource Centre contacted Security Solutions and its clients Bahrain Airport Co. (BAC), Bahrain ART Hotel & Resort, hotel brand Rotana, and communications company Zain regarding the allegations and invited them to respond. Security Solutions' response can be read in full below. BAC and Zain both engaged with the security provider to investigate the allegations. Rotana responded to state that they no longer had a management agreement with the hotel allegedly provided with Security Solutions workers and that they were not made aware of the allegations during the contract's existence. They did not respond to our highlighting that the issues are alleged to be systemic and longstanding. The ART Hotel & Resort did not respond.