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Bahrain strike may be called off today

February 13, 2008 13:21 IST

Over 2,000 workers, including 1,400 Indians, who went on strike five days ago in Bahrain said they have reached a verbal agreement with company representatives for a hike in their salary, paving the way for work to resume at the country's largest development project.

"The company representative verbally agreed to increase our salaries. But we are waiting for them to give it in writing," one of the agitating worker told the Tribune on Tuesday.

Over 2,000 workers, including 1,400 Indians, went on strike on Saturday at Durrat Al Bahrain residential development and resort, headed by G P Zachariades.

An official from the General Federation of Bahrain Trade Unions was

doing the negotiations on our behalf, a worker was quoted as saying in Bahrain tribune.

More than 1,300 workers put their tools down on Saturday demanding a minimum monthly salary of BD100, saying they currently receive just BD57 a month. They had also planned to march around 30km from their accommodation to the labour ministry on Sunday, but were locked inside the labour camp where they have been effectively held prisoner ever since.

The men were joined in their strike by another 500 workers at a different GPZ labour camp in West Eker two days ago.

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