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Following our story last week, that Omani companies will be threatened with blacklisting, if they don’t hire locals. The Ministry of Manpower has identified a total 575 workers violating the labour law during the period from the 2nd to the 8th February. The violators included 480 commercial workers, 41 farm workers and 54 housemaids and their equivalents according to the Times of Oman.
The weekly report shows that 556 workers were arrested, including 206 absconding workers, 336 astray workers and those without documents, while 14 workers were referred from other departments.
The Governorate of Muscat witnessed the most number of workers violating the law with 281, followed by the Governorate of North Al Sharqiyah with 72 workers.
According to the report “the concerned departments at the Manpower Ministry will take the necessary measures against the offending workers”. This can include deportation.
Indeed the same report showed that 226 expatriate workers were deported from the Sultanate for violating provisions of the labour law and the ministerial decisions executing the law last week.