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28 Feb 2021


Letter re labour abuses among workers at Security Solutions, Bahrain

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I’ve worked for Security Solutions Co WLL for two years as a security guard... I took a loan of  BD350 to pay for the recruitment fees...

[Security Solutions] did not pay me for my labour during the months of October and November 2020. When I told my employer that my two-year contract was ending in December 2020 and that I wanted to go back home for vacation... the employer terminated my visa in December without settling my due wages and giving me end-of-service benefit. 

The company even refused to provide me with an air ticket... the sponsor told our labour camp boss to remove me from their accommodation...

the company pays workers based on their nationality – Asian workers are always paid higher than Africans for the same work, the managers are also racist...

The African workers in the company don’t get a single day off.  During the two years in which I worked with the company, I only got the day off when I got sick. We worked non-stop for 12 hours a day, sometimes our transportation came late and we ended up working 16 hours without overtime...

It was only when I went to the Ministry with a social worker that the authorities considered my complaints, but even when they registered my complaint, I never heard from them again...

As of today, I am still waiting for my return ticket and completely dependent on others for basic necessities.