Middle East Research and Information Project: Critical Coverage of the Middle East Since 1971

Labor activism has been a major feature of political life in Bahrain, going back to early industrial activities following the discovery of oil in 1928-1932. [1] These early efforts absorbed many destitute pearl divers, peasants and freed slaves, and paved the way for a new stratum of middlemen from among the pearl merchant families. The new economic activities gave additional impetus to British efforts to build the skeleton of a local government administration capable of coping with the social and economic transformation of the island. [2]

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'Abd al-Hadi Khalaf "Labor Movements in Bahrain," Middle East Report Online, May 04, 1985.