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Is this true?

Sameer Tattan

I UNDERSTAND that workers, employees and managers in the business and public sectors, since July 2007, have been paying a monthly one per cent of salary to support the unemployed. I think it is deducted along with 3pc accidental insurance for expats by GOSI. Bahrainis pay 6pc plus 1pc, and another 1pc is collected from all business entities including khubiz, tea and water shops.

According to my calculations, accumulated fund for the six months of 2007 totalled BD20 million, in 2008 BD38m, in 2009 BD55m and by the end of 2017 reached BD585m. Only minimal amounts were needed to support the unemployed and the rest, I thinks lies untouched and useless.

We work hard to earn our agreed salary and need every single dinar of it to pay for our living, feed our families and teach our children, and now to pay for the increase in prices of petrol, electricity and water. We should never be held responsible to feed the unemployed. Unemployment is the responsibility of the state and like in the past a provision must be made from income of expat work permits totalling BD60m yearly.

Can someone in government make good their position and refund us the BD585m?

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