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Bahrain: Smelter Alba allegedly in violation of labour law over holiday dispute; includes company comments

Following the announcement that 9th December was to be a holiday, a dispute arose between employees and management at smelting firm Alba.

Workers allege that they should have been paid for working on the holiday, but the company instead granted 2,000 employees a compensatory day off. Employees were therefore not paid overtime, but had a day added to their annual leave, in violation of labour law.

The company denied the allegations, saying it had offered shift employees the option of a compensatory day off or application for overtime.

Business & Human Rights Resource Centre approached Alba to invite them to respond to the allegations; they did not respond.

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Company non-response
13 January 2020

Alba did not respond to allegations re labour law violations

20 December 2019

Fresh row erupts at Alba over non-payment of overtime wages

Author: Sandeep Singh Grewal, GDN Online (Bahrain)

Workers claim they should be paid for having worked on December 9 which was declared a holiday...

Instead, the company reportedly granted a compensatory day off for around 2,000 employees...

The two unions at the company – the Alba Trade Union (ATU) and the Alba Labour Union (ALU) – have now urged the management to reconsider its decision...

"we learned that the company did not pay the shift workers overtime for that particular day but added a day to their annual leave,” [an ALU member] claimed.

The unionist alleged the company had violated the labour law by not paying overtime to its employees for the extra hours worked...

Alba said it had offered shift employees the option of a compensatory day off or apply for overtime.

“Alba gave December 9 as a public holiday for regular day employees despite being a non-governmental company,” said an Alba official...

“Alba has given [shift employees] the option to either apply for overtime or have one day credited into their annual leave balance.”

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