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Overseas Health Insurance News: No severance packages for Gulf Air expats

Expatriates who are made redundant from the national carrier of Bahrain, Gulf Air, will not be entitled to a severance packages, it has emerged.

In an attempt to cut costs at the airline which is having financial problems, a certain amount of restructuring is to be undertaken but local pilots will not lose their jobs.

A report, which has been published outlining the cuts suggests that as many as 1,800 jobs could be lost as a government bailout of BD185 million (£302 million) is sought.

The issues were discussed in a closed meeting featuring a number of executives, officials and trade union members as well as Kamal Ahmed, the transportation minister.

Mohammad Mahdi, spokesman for the GATU trade union, told Gulf Daily News: "Mr Ahmed emphasised that Bahrainis should have large [severance] packages if Gulf Air is going for restructuring and that non-Bahrainis will not be given [severance] packages because they are on contract."

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