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Bahrain outlaws sponsorship Gulf round-up

Dubai: Bahrain has outlawed sponsors who are misusing their authority by falsely claiming legal rights over foreign workers.

There is no such legal term as sponsorship in Bahrain and the government is determined to stamp out this unofficial practice, said Interior Ministry Under-Secretary for Nationality, Passports and Residence Shaikh Rashid bin Khalifa Al Khalifa recently.

Sponsors do not exist in the Bahrain law and the title had been invented by rogue employers who have tarnished the country’s image, he said at the Labour Market Regulatory Authority (LMRA) festival at the Bahrain International Exhibition Centre.

“Over the years, some of the employers started misusing their authority by employing people without any contract and holding onto their passports,” Shaikh Rashid was quoted as saying in the Gulf Daily News.

Labour offices

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has decided to open labour offices in India and other countries to recruit workers in an effort to end the role of recruitment agencies.

The UAE and India have agreed to get rid of recruitment agencies by opening labour offices in India, Minister for Overseas Affairs Vayalar Ravi said after a meeting with UAE Minister for Labour Ali bin Abdullah Al Kaabi recently. The offices will also educate overseas workers about UAE’s labour laws and customs before they travel to the country. — PTI

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