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1 Aug 2022

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Migrant-Rights.org

Bahrain: Migrant workers paid below suggested min. wage amid increasing living costs despite highest pvt. sector profit in years, says Migrant-Rights.org

"While private sector profits soar, migrants in Bahrain struggle with low wages and rising living costs", 29 Jun 2022

The rising cost of living and poor labour practices has made low-income migrant workers even more vulnerable in Bahrain.

...Though Bahraini companies in key sectors are seeing substantial profits, wages for migrant workers remain stagnant and out of pace with the rising cost of living.

...the General Federation of Bahrain Trade Unions (GFTBU) renewed calls to raise the minimum wage for Bahraini workers to BD700 BD (US$1,857), stressing “that anything below this salary does not meet life’s obligations” in Bahrain today.

Bahrain has no minimum wage for non-nationals and private sector workers, and migrant workers earn far below the minimum living wage suggested by the GFTBU. According to Bahrain’s Social Insurance Organisation, 71% of expatriates working in Bahrain’s private sector today earn less than BD200 (US$ 530) a month. MR recently spoke with a number of workers from various sectors who reported wages as low as BD60 (US$158), and to others who have not received any pay adjustments in over six years.

During the first quarter of 2022, the net profits of Bahrain-listed companies increased by 62% year-on-year, reflecting a profit increase in key sectors...