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Shura team to look into grievances of workers

400 Omani employees of contracting companies working for oil companies were on strike

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Muscat: A team from Oman’s 84-member elected Shura is looking into the grievances of Omani employees in the oil and gas sector following a strike last month by employees of contractors engaged by the oil companies in the country.

Nearly 400 Omani employees of contracting companies, working for oil companies, had gone on strike demanding among other things pension plan, more salary, risk allowance and better working conditions. The strike was called illegal and workers were sacked and subsequently reinstated in a deal brokered by Shura members, Manpower Ministry and other officials.

The Shura team, headed by Deputy Chairman Salim Bin Ali al Kaabi, held a meeting with the representatives of workers in the oil and gas sector and representatives of the Omani Workers’ Union to discuss the demands of the oil and gas sector workers.

During the meeting, the participants discussed establishing a labour court for speedy hearing and judgments and promulgating a law for oil and gas sector that regulates the relationship between workers and the company.