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16 July 2018

Gulf Petrochemical Industries Company (GPIC) President Dr. Abdulrahman Jawahery and members of the Executive Management received Egyptian General Federation of Trade Unions Chairman H.E. Mr. Jibali Al Maraghi, who is now on a visit to Bahrain.

Bahrain Free Labour Unions Federation President Mr. Yaqoob Yousef Mohammed and officials were also present on the occasion.

Dr. Jawahery said the visit would server to further strengthen the strong ties between the two countries and praised the important role played by the Egyptian body in achieving a balance between the interests of workers and their job requirements.

Dr. Jawahery spoke of the position of the Federation during the political crisis in Egypt and the challenges it faced at all levels. He said the federation proved its patriotism by standing behind the leadership and displaying its commitment to continue production while maintaining the stability of the homeland.

He praised the long experience and rich history of trade union work in Egypt and applauded the democratic atmosphere and transparency of labor elections in the country, during which there was healthy competition between representatives of workers who sought to promote labour gains and support stability and economic growth.

Dr. Jawahery said the visit was an opportunity to meet with leaders of the Bahrain Free Labour Unions Federation and exchange views on the possibility of enhancing bilateral relations and benefiting from the expertise. He stressed the importance of continuing such communication between Arab Labour Unions because of their influence in supporting efforts aimed at improving level of workers in.

H.E. Mr. Al Maraghi thanked Dr. Jawahery and the Chairman of the Bahrain Free Labour Unions Federation for the welcome and the hospitality and said he was impressed with the company's development and commitment towards its workforce. He also praised the relationship between GPIC Labour Union and Management and the high level of coordination and respect between them. He said the Labour Union is one of the best trade unions in the Arab world.

He recalled the position the Union took during the extraordinary circumstances the Kingdom Bahrain witnesses when its members refused to succumb to pressure and did not involve themselves in political disputes.

He urged trade unions in the Arab world to make maximum use of Labour Union work in accordance with conditions in their countries and to creating conflict, political and sectarian quarrels while not paying attention to any partisan or ethnic affiliation.