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'File 8/16 Bahrain Intelligence Summary' [‎34r] (67/108)

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The record is made up of 1 file (53 folios). It was created in 1 Jan 1945-31 Dec 1945. 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 object of carrying out this survey is to discover the
best route for a railway to run from Mecca to Ffuscat
crossing the Trucial Coast The historic term used by the British to refer to the Gulf coast of Trucial Oman, now called United Arab Emirates. .’
137. LABOUR TROUBLES - BAPCO .
Some 30 South African employees of the Bahrain
Petroleum Company submitted a demand in mid-August for
increases in pay and a general rise in the rates payable
to South Africans to bring them into line viith those of
Canadian and - eventually - American employees of the
Company. Attempts to negotiate with the employees indi
vidually were met with a refusal to discuss terms except
through representatives of the strikers.
Eventually, some 20 South Africans, nearly all
of whom were operators in the refinery, stayed away from
work and on the 25th August the Company discharged them
for cause.
The employees refused to accept transportation
and a large deputation waited on the Assistant Political
Agent that day to air their grievances. After discussions
lasting several hours with three representative spokesmen
and also with Mr. ward Anderson, the Chief Local Represent
ative, the strikers decided to accept transportation back
to South Africa where they apparently intend taking legal
advice to remedy their contention that discharge for cause
was not warranted.
So ended the first organised attempt in Bapco of
non-American employees to obtain for themselves the same
rates of pay as for American personnel. The problem is not
new and the same difficulties have arisen from this question
in other oil companies.
The strike and dismissal of so many operators
resulted in the shutting down of two crude stills and one
reformer in the Refinery.
138. LABOUR TROUBLES - DHAHRAN .
The strike of Italian workers in Aramco was no
sooner settled than a general strike of Arab employees
was declared.
The American Vice-Consul in Dhahran, Mr. Birge,
informed the Assistant 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. that the strikers
were ordered by His Majesty the King to return to work and
delegates from the Oil Company, the strikers, and Saudi
officials met to discuss their grievances. Mr. Birge
anticipates the Company having to make some concessions in
increases of rates of pay to their employees but the result
of meetings of representatives is not known as yet.
139. ' PERILS OF THE DEEP .
On the 30th August, a local fisherman was brought
ashore near the Agency An office of the British Government and, earlier, of the East India Company. for burial. He had been killed by a
small sword-fish that leapt over the net with which he and
fifty others were dragging the
stomach.
deep and
impaled him in the
140. METEOROLOGICAL.
Maximum temperature
104°F.
on 17.8.1945.
Minimum temperature
81°F.
on 23.8.1945.
Maximum humidity
99%
on 26.8.1945.
Minimum humidity
49%
on 17.8.1945.
Sd./-
R.E.R. BIRD,
NS. for 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. , Bahrain.

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The file contains fortnightly intelligence summaries produced by the Political Agency An office of the British Government and, earlier, of the East India Company. at Bahrain for the year 1945. The reports, marked as secret, were sent to the Government of India, the 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. , and numerous diplomatic, political, and military offices in the Middle East. Each report is numbered from 1 to 24 and covers a two week period.

The reports are divided into short sections that relate to a particular subject, often closely connected to the Second World War. Contained within the file is intelligence on the following:

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1 file (53 folios)
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The file is arranged chronologically.

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Foliation: the main foliation sequence (used for referencing) commences at the front cover with 1, and terminates at the inside back cover with 54; these numbers are written in pencil, are circled, and are located in the top right corner of the recto The front of a sheet of paper or leaf, often abbreviated to 'r'. side of each folio. An additional foliation sequence is present in parallel between ff 2-13; these numbers are also written in pencil, but are not circled, and are located in the same position as the main sequence.

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