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Terminate expats from expired contracts: Oman ministerial committee
November 12, 2015 | 7:16 PM
 
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Muscat: Terminate expats from contracts that have expired or from contracts with reduced scope, said the text of the agreement issued by the ministerial committee formed by the Council of Ministers to look into layoffs in oil and gas sector.

"Appoint Omanis in place of expats at any other contracts won by the company while taking into consideration the matching of experiences and efficiencies in the replacement programme," the text added.

"In response to the decision of the council of ministers, the ministerial committee that was delegated by the Council of Ministers to consider some oil and gas companies and contractors' reduction of the number of Omani employees due to the effects of oil prices slump on business sector met on Thursday," said a ONA report.

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Details of agreement below

After detailed discussions of the proposed solutions and their effect on the national economy and the development of national manpower and in a bid to create healthy environment that attracts investments to the private sector, an agreement has been reached with the stakeholders on the measures that should be taken by these companies. They are as follows:



First : sub-contractors / the contractors who had sub contracts from the main contractors. Before taking any decision to reduce national manpower, they should comply with the following procedures

1- Terminate the expatriate workers who are related to the expired contracts or related to the contracts whose scope has been reduced.

2- Appoint the national manpower in place of the expatriate workers at any other contracts won by the company while taking into consideration the matching of experiences and efficiencies in the replacement program.

3- Submit to the main contractor a detailed list detailing the national manpower that could not be absorbed. The list should show the employee's details, practical experience and academic qualifications. It should also include data on the expatriates whose services have been terminated.

Second : Main contractors

The main contractors who have direct contracts from the production companies should follow the following procedures before taking any decision to reduce national manpower :

1- Terminate the expatriate workers who are related to the expired contracts or related to contracts whose scope has been reduced.

2- Appoint the national manpower in place of the expatriate workers at any other contracts won by the company while taking into consideration the matching of experiences and efficiencies in the replacement program.

3- Revise the procedures the sub contractor has taken to reduce the number of national manpower to ensure that they meet the said requirements and to appoint the national manpower in place of the expatriate workers at the company businesses or at any other sub contracts won by the company while taking into consideration the matching of experiences and efficiencies in the replacement program.

4- Submit to the production company a detailed list detailing the national manpower that could not be absorbed. The list should show the employee's details, practical experience and academic qualifications. It should also include data on the expatriates whose services have been terminated.

Third : Oil and Gas Production Companies .

They are required to abide by the following procedures:

1- Terminate the expatriate workers who are related to the expired contracts or contracts whose scope has been reduced.

2- Appoint the national manpower in place of the expatriate workers at any other contracts won by the company while taking into consideration the matching of experiences and efficiencies in the replacement program.

3- Revise the procedures the main contractor has taken to reduce the number of national manpower to ensure that they meet the said requirements and to appoint the national manpower in place of the expatriate workers at the company businesses or at any other contracts won by the company while taking into consideration the matching of experiences and efficiencies in the replacement program.

4- Submit a notice to the technical teams at least two months before the expiry employment contract of the national manpower that could not be absorbed. This notice should show the employee's details, practical experience and the academic qualifications. It should also include data on the expatriates whose services have been terminated.

The ministerial committee agreed on the measures that will be taken by the technical team delegated with the task of considering the national manpower that were not absorbed by the above mentioned companies. They are as follows:

1- Revise the reduction of national manpower made by the production companies and ensure that these companies complied with the above procedures.

2- Implement an option to appoint and train national manpower to absorb them at the private sector organizations either through direct appointment of skilled workers or involve them in training and rehabilitation program for the semi-skilled workers before re-appointing them if necessary. The company (the employer) will be advised of the financial implications of the same.

3- The employer will bear the financial consequences associated with the implementation of the appointment procedures as per the notice sent by the technical team.

The committee will continue its follow up of these aspects regularly to ensure implementing the best solutions that maintain the interests of the national manpower.

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