Bahrain: Trade unions and the struggle for democracy

MENA Solidarity Network

by David Binns (UCU London Retired Members)

MENA Solidarity’s Bahrain Briefing, posted on 21 May of this year, drew attention to the activities of a pro­-regime trade union network named the Bahrain Labour Union Free Federation (BLUFF). BLUFF emerged in 2012, in the aftermath of the Bahraini­Saudi joint state assault on democracy campaigners and independent labour movement organisations the preceding year. Leaders of the established General Federation of Bahraini Trade Unions (GFBTU) as well as the Bahraini Teachers’ Association (BTA) had denounced repressive state steps against pro­-democracy activists. In response, as the May Briefing noted, „attacks and victimisations of trade unionists increased over the following weeks”. These state actions included attempts to internationally isolate the GFBTU and dismissal of many among its leaders. Physical and legal attacks on BTA leaders in particular provoked international condemnation, not least from labour movement bodies.

BLUFF emerged in the midst of this struggle for…

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  1. Dear Popalumi,
    Hi, I’m David, author of the MENA Solidarity Bahrain article. Thank you for posting it on your blog. But I am very interested to know your own thoughts about what I wrote and your reasons for reposting. Please could you write to me at my email address (as provided) and share your views on the article?
    Thank you, and best wishes,
    David Binns

    • Imi pare rau ca iti raspund tirziu. Articolele de pe blogul tau le citesc si le dau mai departe pentru ca, ma simt solitara cu cei ce lupta pentru fiecare zi din viata,pentru ca ce nenorocire ca altii mereu si mereu sa storceasca atitea inimi in picioare si sa ii vezi mereu si mereu neputincios pe sticla.

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