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'File 28/14 Labour employed by the Bahrain Petroleum Company Limited, Bahrain' [‎12r] (23/525)

The record is made up of 1 file (258 folios). It was created in 1 Nov 1935-9 Dec 1938. It was written in English. The original is part of the British Library: India Office The department of the British Government to which the Government of India reported between 1858 and 1947. The successor to the Court of Directors. Records and Private Papers.


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The Labour Roster of the Gomj^any aateci the 1st
Octoher 1935 shows 33 skilled and 12 semi-skilled
Indian employees, all of whom, if recruited in India,
appear to he affected hy the provisions of the Act
( vide Section 2 and Chapters IV and VI thereof), ana
with the erection of the refinery, the number is
likely to increase.
3. The Boster does not show any unskilled Indian
labour, and it is unlikely that the Company will
require to import unskilled Indian Labour. It may "be
noted, however, that under Section 10 (l) of the Indian
^migrption Act, the emigration of unskilled Indian
labour to Bahrain would be unlawful until the Govern
ment of India publish a notification rendering it
4. i t is not known ho i v. the Company recruit their
Indian skilled employees. Do they do it through an
agent in India? If so, and if he do^s not comply
with the provisions of the Indian Emigration Act he
would, of course, be liable to be proceeded against
by the Local Government in India. If the Company
engage them locally, i.e. in Bahrain, the provisions
of the Act would not apply.
5. In the case of Indian and British protected
skilled labour recruited locally it is desirable that
a proper form of contract should be entered into,
setting forth clearly the rights and liabilities of
both parties, including the point of compensation dealt
with in the correspondence with i~ajor Prior referred to
in paragraph 1 above. This will minimise the possibil
ty of suits'being brought in the Agency An office of the British Government and, earlier, of the East India Company. Courts for

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The file contains correspondence between the Bahrain Petroleum Company Limited (BAPCO) representative, the Adviser to the Governement of Bahrain, the Political Agent A mid-ranking political representative (equivalent to a Consul) from the diplomatic corps of the Government of India or one of its subordinate provincial governments, in charge of a Political Agency. at Bahrain and the Political Resident A senior ranking political representative (equivalent to a Consul General) from the diplomatic corps of the Government of India or one of its subordinate provincial governments, in charge of a Political Residency. in the Persian Gulf Historically used by the British to refer to the sea area between the Arabian Peninsula and Iran. Often referred to as The Gulf or the Arabian Gulf. on the employment of Bahrain, Indian, British and American labour by BAPCO for the construction of the Refinery in Bahrain, and on the working conditions in the BAPCO camps. The file includes draft contracts and correspondence on cases of unlawful emigration from India and Persia to Bahrain and on the working conditions of Indian labour.

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1 file (258 folios)

The documents in the file are arranged in chronological order. There are notes at the end of the file (folios 231-259). The notes refer to documents within the file; they give a brief description of the correspondence with a reference number, which refers back to that correspondence in the file.

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The main foliation, which should be used for referencing, is circled in pencil, in the top right corner of the recto The front of a sheet of paper or leaf, often abbreviated to 'r'. of each folio. It begins on the front cover, on number 1, and ends on the last folio of writing, on number 259. There is another foliation sequence, not circled and incomplete.

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