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Private sector employment to be made attractive

Oman’s Manpower Minister promises to introduce quality Omanisation programme

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Muscat: Oman will introduce quality Omanisation (Nationalisation of workforce) and make employment terms at the private sector attractive for the national manpower, according to the Manpower Minister, Shaikh Abdullah Bin Nasser Al Bakri.

Speaking during a meeting with Oman’s Labour Union officials on Sunday, the Manpower Minister also said that stringent steps would be taken to intensify labour inspection for the better working environment for the private sector employees.

“We are looking at achieving more stability at the workplace,” he added.

Al Bakri also hoped that the labour disputes in the private sector would be cut down and more incentives provided to the workers.

The minister is optimistic, government-owned Oman News Agency reported, that the new steps to be taken by the Manpower Ministry will have a positive impact on the national economy and the country in general.

He exhorted labour unions to exert more efforts for the welfare of workers. At the same time advised employees to be punctual and upholding the shared interests of all production stakeholders at the Omani labour market.

The meeting discussed a number of issues of interest for private sector workers such as their demands for better salaries, vacations, social insurance, stability at the workplace and the recent amendments made to the Omani Labour Law.

Al Bakri pointed out the meeting backs efforts to develop the social insurance law and pension entitlements.

The Minister of Manpower commended the efforts that have been made to raise public awareness about the important role of organised labour union action in addressing the concerns of private sector workers, improving their social and economic status, advising them to honour their obligations towards the achievement of growth of the establishments they work for, as well as their country.

Al Bakri said that an agreement has been reached with an international house of expertise to conduct a study to evaluate everything related to investments or post retirement salaries. He pointed out that the outcome of the study may be submitted during the first week of next year.