Court staff call off their strike



Muscat: Normalcy returned to court proceedings yesterday when Saturday's strike by a few administrative staff members came to an end.

According to sources, hearings of cases in courts at Buraimi, Seeb, Sohar, Ibri, Bidyah and Adam were partially affected for the last two days since the employees responsible for recording the proceedings were on strike.

"They have now suspended the strike. However, they may resume the strike if their demands are not met within one month,"  the  source informed.

The striking employees had demanded the implementation of assurances made in Royal Decree No. 10\2012, which contains 11 Articles that regularise the management of judiciary affairs. The decree primarily focuses on the working mechanism of the courts, independence of the judiciary, and administrative decisions related to improvements in salaries and labour regulations in the courts.

In addition to the implementation of the Royal decree, the striking employees had made other demands such as improvements in the wage system, introduction of equal opportunities, and cancellation of Grade Five in the civil services.

Some of the pending cases had been suspended due to the strike, and cases that didn't need an immediate hearing were postponed at the start of the strike.

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