The Wefaq Opposition group in strife-torn Bahrain claim that hundreds of workers (most Shia Muslims) have been fired by the employees in retaliation for going on strike in March and supporting the protests against the Sunni ruling dynasty.
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According to media reports, officials at leading companies Bahrain Telecommunications Company (Batelco), Gulf Air, Bahrain Airport Services and APM Terminals Bahrain have laid off more than 200 of their workers due to the March strike. On the whole, Wefaq, estimates, about 1000 workers (almost all of them Shias) have been fired.
In addition, Bahrain Petroleum (Bapco) is expected to announce hundreds of layoffs, having just fired the head of its laborers union
Bahraini unions called a general strike in mid-March to express support for the pro-democracy demonstrators. The strike was however called off on March 22.
“It’s illegal in Bahrain and anywhere else in the world to just strike. You have to give two weeks’ notice to your employer,” one executive told Reuters.