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Oman – Ministry imposes strike and collective bargaining agreement limitations

11 November 2013

The Omani Ministry of Manpower has made some amendments to its decision on organising collective bargaining and peaceful strike action, reports the Oman Observer. According to the new amendments, striking or inciting such actions at oil establishments, refineries, ports, and airports has been banned. The new amended comes into effect today.

Under the new resolution issued by Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser al Bakri, Minister of Manpower, it is prohibited to strike or instigate strikes at establishments that provide essential public services, or at oil facilities, oil refineries, ports, and airports.

The Sheikh advised that in the case of any demands by workers in these establishments a committee will be formed. It must be chaired by the representative of the ministry and a representative from each of the Oman Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the public labour union, and representatives of the parties of dispute shall study the demands.

The committee, in accordance with the decision, has the right to use any other party or authority to discuss the demands of labourers to reach an agreement. If the committee reaches an agreement, it must be codified and signed by all parties and file a copy to the ministry. If the issue is not solved within three weeks, the committee shall transmit the case to the competent authority.

In all cases, employees must continue working during the settlement of labour demands. The strike days in the listed establishments will be considered as days of unexcused absence and the employer has the right to take legal action against striking workers.

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