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Ministry crackdown helps curb labour law violations
October 09, 2013 , 9 : 59 am GST
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In a move to streamline the expatriate manpower employment and recruitment, the Ministry of Manpower has announced that companies employing expatriate manpower but violating the Labour Law will face strict action.
According to the Ministry of Manpower, companies employing expatriate manpower and found violating the Labour Law and Ministerial Decrees would face stringent measures as stated in Article 114 of the Labour Law.
The Article 114 states that fines will be imposed on violators — expatriates violating the law would be deported and the companies found in violation would be banned from hiring expatriate manpower for one year.
"This new move will help streamline the expatriate manpower recruitment. There are a large number of fictitious companies operating in Oman. This was pointed out at a recent high-level meeting also. The only thing these companies do is that they provide the so-called 'Free Visas'. So, through this announcement, the issue of 'Free Visas' will come to an end," PE Lalachen, associate legal consultant at Khalifa Al Hinai Law firm, told the
Times of Oman.
"The majority of the 'Free Visas' workers fail to follow the Labour Law and eventually they become violators," he added.
The latest figures indicate that the inspection teams have apprehended 10,149 expatriate workers violating the provisions of the Omani Labour Law in various governorates during the first nine months of this year.
Talking about the undocumented expatriate workforce in the country, Salem Bin Saeed Al Badi, Director-General for Labour Welfare at the Manpower Ministry, recently said that most of these people were working as car cleaners, roadside hawkers, illegally transporting passengers, or selling vegetable and fruits on the roadside, mainly along the highways.
He added that the raids carried out by the ministry, sometimes with the help of security forces, were also aimed at ensuring that the jobs set aside for Omani nationals are not usurped by the expatriates. "We also find that many such workers are not working for their original employers in violations of the country's residency laws," he pointed out.
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