Union slams expat-only pay rise

Batelco comes under fire after salary increases for foreign staff are not extended to Bahrani employees.

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By  Lynne Roberts Published  May 18, 2008

Batelco has come under fire from its trade union after it said it would increase the salaries of its expatriate employees without extending the offer to local staff.

The decision, announced last week by the Bahraini telecom, was a “dangerous development”, and a “clear violation of the international labour convention concerning discrimination”, the union said in a statement reported by UAE daily Gulf News.

The telecom had announced a pay rise to staff from 16 nationalities to offset the effect of the falling US dollar, to which the kingdom's currency is pegged, and spiralling prices in a bid to prevent them from leaving the company.

“A total of 92 foreigners benefited from a 10-11% increase in their salaries whereas the fall of the Bahrain dinar against their currencies was about 7.5%,” the company said.

“Last year we increased the salaries of 84% of staff, regardless of their nationalities, and this year, we have given increases ranging between 5 and 20% to 50 Bahrainis.”

3402 days ago
S.Salman

Here in Bahrain the expats getting high salaries (three time more than the locals) plus the allowances "e.g transportation, accommdation, school fees, health schem, emmigration, & more". So, expats need more than this pamper. The salaries increment Batelco talks about is the annual increment which the expats getting it as well.

3412 days ago
Taher Moinuddin

Why is this comment coming now when the increment is only to the Expatriates. There was a time in Saudi Arabia when all the Government sector employees were given a raise of 15 % flat and this was not extended to the expatriates. Though some of the expatriates asked but the answer was "This is how it is" The time is coming when the expatriate labor will not be available for the salaries which they are drawing now because of the inflation, falling dollar and the better salaries offered in their own countries (eastern especially) Anyway the local employees are currently drawing higher salaries than expats for the same job ( sometimes three times as much). So I think it is fair enough that BATELCO is trying to bridge the gap though it is not that big enough to create an alarm.

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