Bahrain: 300 employees of Bahrain Motors Co. strike to demand delayed salaries; includes company response

In December 2018, around 300 migrant construction workers employed by Bahrain Motors Co. took strike action alleging unpaid wages for a total of four months.

On publishing the Allegations Tracker of Labour Abuse Against Migrant Workers in the Gulf, Business & Human Rights Resource Centre invited Bahrain Motors to respond to the allegations. The company reported that the delay in wage payments was due to outstanding payments owed by clients. In the meantime the company owners had since paid all outstanding wages, and ensured that workers had access to food and suitable accommodation within the company headquarters.

In addition, the Bahrain Labour Market Regulatory Authority (LMRA) had assisted Bahrain Motors in obtaining outstanding payment from government clients. This has remedied the cash flow problem and the company state that there should no longer be delayed wage payments to workers.

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Company response
20 January 2020

Bahrain Motors Co. responded to allegations that it had not paid workers for four months

Bahrain Motors Company W.L.L (BMC) has always honored their commitments towards salary payments... the company went through some financial issues from the end of 2018 with outstanding dues from clients... this directly affected the cash flow of the company and its inability to pay salaries on time.

... the owners of the company have used their personal fund to help... and have recently organized food to all workers... their accommodation is provided with running electricity and water...

we are hopeful that our financial situation will improve within this year and that there should no longer be any delayed salary payments to our workers.

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Article
5 December 2018

300 workers strike in unpaid wages row

Author: Sandeep Singh Grewal, GDN Online

More than 300 workers of a construction firm downed tools yesterday in a row over unpaid wages.

The labourers gathered at the Bahrain Motors Company’s headquarters in Hafeera demanding pending wages.

Police arrived at the scene and tried to control the crowd.

“There are Indian, Pakistani and Bangladeshi workers who have not received their salaries for four months now,” said a worker who only identified himself as Alam.

“We have no money and it’s difficult to survive.”

Company officials could not be reached for comment yesterday.

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