Muscat: Thousands of South Asian labourers working on the expansion of Muscat airport resumed work yesterday after authorities agreed to improve safety conditions at the site, workers said. A company official and workers said thousands of labourers had downed tools on Tuesday demanding better safety conditions after a colleague was killed in an accident. But the company said the workers were given the day off to mourn for the deceased colleague.
"We are assured by the company that an investigation is being conducted and safety issues will be improved at the airport," Mohan Raman, a BEB worker said. "That is the reason we are back to work today."
Mike Lewis, BEB project director, confirmed the workers had returned to work, but denied the work stoppage was a strike. "We gave them a day off yesterday to mourn for one of their colleagues out of compassion," he said yesterday.