Lulu workers launch stir in Oman

View of a Lulu hypermarket in Darsait, Muscat. Photo - Senia L via Flickr under Creative Commons License

Muscat: Omanis working at Wadi Kabir Lulu are on strike, calling for bonuses, better salaries and other facilities, amid reports that other outlets have also been affected.

The strikes started on Thursday, and yesterday, staff at the branch spoke to the Times
of Oman.

"We need bonuses and a better payment package. We submitted our request in January 2014, but so far, they have not responded positively. So, we started our strike. It will go on indefinitely until (the problem is) resolved. Even in the Holy Month of Ramadan, we will go ahead with the strike if our demands are not met," national employees striking in Wadi Kabir Lulu told Times of Oman. "We feel dejected," the striking workers said, adding that they are in touch with government authorities regarding their demands.

The employees taking action have occupied cash counters as part of the strike, leaving only two open at the Wadi Kabir outlet.

"We left the two counters open so as not to hinder the business," they added. Workers have raised "on strike" placards and have also pinned badges on their clothes that read: "We are on strike for our rights."

Meanwhile, a top official in charge of Lulu's operations in Oman has not responded to repeated phone calls and text messages from the Times of Oman seeking a comment on their side of the issue.

On their part, consumers have stated that the strike has affected them. "As only a few counters are open, we have to stand in long queues to complete our purchases," the buyers said.

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Whatever the reason, whether this strike was justified or not, it has sent a very negative message to the foreign investors across the world. Oman needs a lot of foreign investments for it to grow and diverse from oil based economy for a brighter future and such incidences will be a great hinderance. The workers should have gone to the ministry of manpower with their complaints rather than doing this hoolalla. For sure the ministry would have found a amicable solution without all this negative potrayal of oman as investment destination.

in response to Mahmoud Al Harrasis post: look who is talking about human rights. there are lot of expats working in your country and not at all paid by their local sponsors. on the contrary they are left alone to make their earning and livelihood. from the meagre amount what they earn by putting in their hard work, they have to pay to their sponsors a monthly fees. As per omani labor laws this is forbidden. when they are caught locals just wash off their hands saying that these workers are absconding. In a way this is called HUMAN TRAFICKING.

Can anybody here explain clearly what exactly the strikers demand and what they are currently receiving?

It should be solved soon. Everyone will suffer from it including strikers. If its possible newspaper should print their demands as well.

cashiers! what do they expect ! 1000 rials salary for each!

Can u people pls tell me if expats are gone from this country what will happen ?

Exparts r there thats y this country is growing up its not indians who help this country there r so many country people who has been working in oman. If expats leave oman can u people tell what will happen to the shopping mall ? In lulu 80 percent of expats do shopping from that bussiness.

Strike is their right but should go through proper channel.End of the day customers are in trouble.

Is it a coincidence that most of the administration jobs are occupied by expats?? And locals work in the lower jobs!! Ooo yah there are no qualified locals and all the qualified expats come from one particular country or one particular region from that country .. investors should play a part in developing the country and its citizens not only filling their pockets

Very bad .. ...

Yesterday I had to went in Ibri LULU Hypermarket. there all cash counters were closed as the strike of the Omani employees. I was there for 2 hours, waited for someone but nobody responded.