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Regulation and customs in Bahrain : Social dialogue

Social Dialogue and Involvement of Social Partners
Bahrainis have the right to set up independent unions, but workers must give a two weeks' notice before striking and strikes are prohibited in a number of economic sectors. Trade unions are not allowed in the public sector, but public sector workers may join unions in the private sector. Harassment of unionized workers is not uncommon, and although the law prohibits employers from dismissing an employee for union activities, in practice many violations have been reported. In the political and civil unrest of 2011, for example, thousands of Bahraini employees were dismissed from their jobs in the private and public sectors. Wrongfully dismissed workers have since been reinstated, following the recommendations of the Bahrain Independent Commission of Inquiry (BICI).
Unions
General Federation of Bahraini Trade Unions
Bahrain Free Labour Unions Federation
Batelco Trade Union
Unionisation Rate
Approximately 3% of workers are unionised and this number has been increasing since the new trade union legislation was passed in 2002.
Labour Regulation Bodies
Labour Market Regulatory Authority
Tamkeen (Labour Fund)

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