International Trade Union Confederation issues “urgent” warning on Bahrain

Bahrain: Urgent ITUC Mission Warns of Slide into Dictatorship

Bahrain: Urgent ITUC Mission Warns of Slide into Dictatorship
18 April 2011: ITUC Deputy General Secretary Jaap Wienen, on an urgent visit to the Bahrain’s capital Manama this weekend, has pledged a comprehensive package of international actions in support of the fundamental rights of Bahrain’s working people, as the trade union movement in the Gulf country faces and all-out assault from the government.

“Bahrain is sliding rapidly towards absolute dictatorship, and the authorities seem intent on creating and deepening sectarian divisions. The Bahraini trade unions have been at the forefront of the movement for dialogue, peace and reconciliation, yet the government has clearly decided to try and destroy them. The international trade union movement will not simply stand by and allow this to happen. If the government does not change course, the global diplomatic and economic consequences will be severe,” said Wienen.

For link to the ITUC website and the full article on Bahrain click here http://www.ituc-csi.org/bahrain-urgent-ituc-mission-warns.html

To join the Labor Start Campaign and participate in a labor petition to the Bahrain Monarchy follow this link. http://www.labourstart.org/cgi-bin/solidarityforever/show_campaign.cgi?c=899

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3 Responses to International Trade Union Confederation issues “urgent” warning on Bahrain

  1. This is a good sign. I hope that there is greater awareness about what is going on in Bahrain.

  2. rawlinsview says:

    I agree Ben. Up to now the solidarity movement with Bahrain has been mostly based amongst the international Shia communities. This is logical as many of these communities also have experienced discrimination based upon their faiths and culture. In order to force the Saudis out, the movement will have to broaden its base and win solidarity from trades union movements and develop sympathy amongst working people and others who experience oppression world-wide.
    The London Independent article which I cited today estimates the worlds Shia community at 250 million people. As it is a matter of identity faith and culture, they will no doubt remain at the center of this struggle.
    Yet we should take our cues from the original February 14 movement which protested under the slogan “Not Shia, Not Sunni, Just Bahrain” and understand the non-sectarian, national-democratic character of this movement and its implications for the struggle for social rights and real democracy everywhere in the world.
    In Bahrain what is a tiny population, by geographic measures, has courageously taken on the core of the world’s powers and demanded its rights without resorting to widespread violence and in a manner that consciously calls for human solidarity everywhere.
    They are facing off against the worlds number one oil supplier and perhaps the world’s most reactionary government in Saudi Arabia, the greatest power of the colonial era in Great Britain, and the dominant imperial power of the contemporary epoch in the United States. Grasping the historical significance of this and joining their cause is obligatory to all who consider themselves progressive. The working class movement should recognize this and call their forces to action.

  3. violations of international work law and agreements of workers protection are continuing even after regime dialogue started in last time this month.

    Bahraini workers call international community to intervene to stop that.

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