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Oman court staff on strike for third day

Hearings largely unaffected as secretarial staff stay away from work

  • By Sunil K. Vaidya, Bureau Chief
  • Published: 14:41 May 6, 2013
  • Gulf News

Muscat: A strike by administrative staff at the Oman courts has affected secretarial work although hearings are uninterrupted, a spokesperson of a reputed law firm in Oman said.

“Getting a typed copy of a judgement is delayed,” Amor Al Rashdi, officer manager at Khalifa Al Hinai Advocates and Legal Consultancy, told Gulf News.

He added that staff at courts across Oman had kept away from work for the third successive day and that all secretarial functions at the courts had been affected by the continuing strike.

The court staff are demanding better wages and improved working conditions. Employees of courts in Muscat and Seeb have gone on strike more than once in the past.

“We were promised in the past that our grievances would be looked into but the promises are not kept, forcing us to abstain from work again,” an employee said on condition of anonymity.

Al Rashdi said that, although the hearings were largely uninterrupted, the filing of cases in some courts had been affected.

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