Oman


‘Shut the factories flouting norms’



Muscat: Nabhan Al Batashi, vice president of the General Federation of the Omani Trade Union, said there are some factories that should be immediately shut down to address the serious impact on the health of their workers due to the working conditions.

Al Batashi was referring to the recent findings of the team formed by the Ministry of Manpower, the Oman Chamber of Commerce and Industry, and the General Federation of the Omani Trade Union.

The team uncovered blatant irregularities in some of the plants operating in the wilayat of Sohar, with regard to occupational health and safety in these plants.

The team also found vast quantities of toxins to which workers were exposed to on a daily basis.

Al Batashi added that if the company were to reveal the results of medical tests for the workers, several precancerous cases due to unhealthy work conditions and the high rate of pollution in the area would be found. "Such companies do not even give the workers basic facilities, such as dining rooms and toilets," remarked Al Batashi.

Al Batashi pointed out that the smallest measure that could be adopted by the relevant authorities would be to shut down such plants where the health of the workers was being compromised, no matter what wages are offered to them.

Such visits to companies aim to ensure their compliance with Omani Labour Law and to educate workers and trade unions of their rights and duties.

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