The organisers of the Bahrain Grand Prix have reinstated employees who were dismissed for participating in country wide anti-government protests in 2011 which led to the cancellation of the race.
Following an independent review into the trouble, the circuit, on the orders of His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, has offered jobs back to workers who were fired, a statement confirmed.
“The Bahrain International Circuit today (Wednesday) announced that it has reinstated employees who had previously been dismissed following the protests carried out in 2011,” it read.
“The reinstatement is in accordance with the royal decree of His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa to implement the recommendations of the Bahrain Independent Commission of Inquiry.”
“The employees had been dismissed as they were deemed to be in breach of contract during the protests in Bahrain in 2011. Following the protests, His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa commissioned an independent inquiry to investigate the protests, the findings of which were published in November 2011. The independent report made a number of recommendations, which the Government pledged to implement by February 2012, which included recommendations with regard to the treatment of dismissed workers.
“The management team of the Bahrain International Circuit (“BIC”), which is the home of motorsport in the Middle East and host of the Formula 1 Bahrain Grand Prix, has already contacted and consulted with the relevant staff with regards to their reinstatement and it hopes to see all employees returning to work as soon as possible.”