Muscat: The Committee to Address the Status of the Discharged National Manpower held its meeting with 12 establishments distributed among the various sectors. The number of the national workforce that the team was able to ensure continued work at the establishments reached 2,493 Omani workers.
A statement issued online by Ministry of Labour said, "The Committee to Address the Status of the Discharged National Manpower, represented by Muscat Work Team at the General Office of the Ministry of Labour, held its meeting with 12 establishments distributed in the construction sector, the travel and tourism sector, the oil and gas sector and the service sector. The number of national manpower that the team was able to ensure continued work in the establishments reached 2,493 Omani workers."
The Committee to Address the Status of the National Workforce who have terminated their services continues to hold its meetings on a weekly basis within the framework of the efforts made by the Ministry of Labour to stabilize the national workforce and ensure its continuity in work, especially in the current and exceptional circumstances and based on Ministerial Resolution No. 25/2020 to establish a committee to follow up and consider the decisions of the national workforce who have terminated their services from work and appropriate solutions, and Ministerial Resolution No.124/2020 defining the committee's work mechanisms and forming work teams in the governorates in accordance with the decisions of the Supreme Committee.
Salem bin Said Al Badi, Director General of Labor Welfare and Head of the Work Team in Muscat Governorate stated that the work team, in the presence of all its members representing the Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Investment Promotion, the Ministry of Energy and Minerals, the Ministry of Finance, the General Federation of Oman Workers and the Oman Chamber of Commerce and Industry, managed with the cooperation of representatives of the establishments from the governorate to maintain the continuity of the forces National workers in their jobs. The number of national manpower that enables the work team today to ensure the continuation of their work in the establishments has reached 2,493 Omani workers, whether with the approval of the establishment to accommodate workers in its projects or other branches of its work or by reducing its wages not exceeding the minimum wage.
The Director-General of Labour Welfare indicated that the work team formed from all the relevant authorities deals with the requests submitted to it quickly as the team holds its meetings on a weekly basis and listens to the justifications of the establishments and takes its decisions with the consensus of all parties.
Ali bin Salem Al Kasibi, director of legal affairs at Oman Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the chamber’s representative in this committee, said that the work team has been making all continuous efforts over a period of nearly eight months in converging views between employers and workers. The committee was able to balance the interests of the two parties in a way that preserves business stability and achieves the interest of society. He added that from this standpoint, we hope that the committee will be able, with more powers, to enable it to settle these differences through direct friendly negotiations with the participation of all production parties.
Yousef Al-Busaidi, Head of the Negotiations and Disputes Department of the General Federation of the Oman Workers, pointed out that since the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic and its economic impact on the establishments and companies of the private sector with its various economic activities and in implementation of the decisions of the Supreme Committee related to workers in the private sector, the team was able in Muscat through its periodic meetings with private sector establishments and companies to identify the phenomenon of ending the services of the national workforce collectively and limiting them.
"This team was able to reach appropriate solutions by directing companies to continue the national workforce in them or by re-distributing workers to projects," he added.