GDN: LABOUR Minister Jameel Humaidan yesterday met International Labour Organisation (ILO) Juan Somavia on the sidelines of the 100th session of the organisation, in Geneva, Switzerland.
He gave an update on positive developments reflecting normalisation of life in the kingdom and the His Majesty King Hamad's call to a multi-party dialogue engaging all segments of the social spectrum.
He pointed out efforts aimed at bolstering confidence and strengthening national unity to ensure the success of the dialogue.
The minister outlined latest developments in addressing the sackings of employees in the wake of recent unrest.
He said steps had been taken to avert any arbitrary sackings without any legal justification. "These steps have already yielded results as many sacked workers have already been reinstated," he said.
He announced that more sacked workers would be reinstated within the coming days, reaffirming Bahrain's commitment to international labour conventions.
The minister discussed with the ILO chief Bahrain's success in overcoming recent setbacks and addressing their repercussions.
Mr Humaidan cited measures undertaken to support owners of private companies, particularly small and medium businesses. He pointed out concessions provided for them to overcome difficulties they are facing due to the recent crisis and preserve their productivity and competitiveness.
He stressed the contribution of these companies in stabilising the labour market and ensuring decent working opportunities for job-seekers.