Bahrain under pressure for expat worker deaths compensation

Published:  13 Nov at 6 PM
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Following the deaths of two expat workers in Bahrain last week, campaigners are urging the Bahraini government to set up a compensation package scheme for workers killed on the job.

The two sanitation workers died and another was badly injured when explosives hidden in rubbish bins in an expat residential suburb were detonated.Other Asians working in the sanitation department are now living in fear, with the Migrant Workers Protection Society (MWPS) urging the government to immediately proceed with a compensation package.

The society believes workers will be reassured by the thought that, in the case of further deaths or injuries, their families will be left financially secure. A senior official with the MWOS stated that a compensation scheme is essential for those killed or injured in accidents in the workplace or in accommodation tragedies such as the recent fire in East Riffa in which 10 Bangladeshis lost their lives.

As many as 12 fatal accidents in the workplace were reported during the first three months of 2012. According to the MWPS spokesman, the incidents highlight the vulnerability of migrant workers who arrive in the emirate to better their lives and the lives of their families at home.

The organisation is also calling on employers in the sanitation sector to actively protect their staff against injury, death and intimidation by anti-government thugs. Their suggestions include providing comprehensive training and a high standard of protective clothing.
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