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83pc vote in union polls

Bahrain News
Thu, 08 Feb 2018

EIGHTY-THREE per cent of a company’s workers voted in union elections despite alleged attempts to thwart participation, it was announced yesterday.

Eleven of the 21 candidates who contested Garmco Trade Union elections won a three-year term on the union’s board, said supervising committee chairwoman Hayat Abdulaziz.

Those who won seats included Ahmed Kadhem, Jaffar Ibrahim, Ahmed Abdulla, Ammar Hussain, Sayed Majeed Al Hulaibi, Ahmed Mohammed, Hood Mohammed, Mohsin Al Basri, Husain Jassim, Ali Mahdi and Fadhel Mohammed.

“The committee faced some challenges at the outset, the biggest being to encourage workers to vote,” said committee vice-chairman Nabeel Al Mahasna.

“Some people were trying, unofficially, to call on workers not to vote.

“But we succeeded in spreading awareness among the workers and convinced them that the elections were important.”

The remaining 10 candidates were placed as reserves.

The elections were monitored by Bahrain Transparency Association and General Federation of Bahrain Trade Unions trade union organisation assistant secretary general Abdulwahid Al Shehabi.