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200 Oman private sector workers protest for pay rise

Private sector workers urge Omani ruler to ensure a pay rise that matches an increase for state employees

200 Oman private sector workers protest for pay rise
OMAN PROTESTS: Private sector workers make up around 19 percent of workers in Oman (Getty Images)

Around 200 private sector

workers staged a sit-in around government buildings in Oman's

capital on Thursday, urging the Gulf Arab state's ruler to

ensure a pay rise that matches an increase for state employees.

Sultan Qaboos Bin Said, who has ruled Oman for 40 years,

ordered a pay rise last week for civil servants and government

pensioners, in a move to calm protesters demanding better wages.

Private sector workers make up around 19 percent of workers

in Oman. They say they are excluded from benefits the sultan has

been using to coax Omanis off the streets, as workers at public

and private companies continue to stage sit-ins and strikes over

wages, including at two oil refineries last Sunday.

"What about people like us working for the private sector?

The government must provide funding for the private sector to

get us a raise, too," said Mohammed Al Tiwani, a protester

sitting outside Muscat's ministerial buildings.

There were also protesters outside the headquarters of the

Shura Council, Oman's quasi-parliamentary advisory body.

"It is not fair to look after government employees and

forget the private sector," protester Hamed Marhoon said.

Wealthy Gulf Arab oil producers launched a $20bn aid

package this month for their less prosperous neighbours Oman and

Bahrain - a job-generating measure that should enable the two

countries to upgrade their housing and infrastructure.

Sultan Qaboos also promised in March to cede some

legislative powers to the partially elected Oman Council, which

has previously only acted as an advisory body. At present, only

the sultan and his cabinet can make laws. No further information

has been given as to when powers would be transferred.

hh 8 years ago

PDO, Omantel, Dhofar Power Company, Oman Air, Dhofar Bank, Bank Muscat etc

All these companies have Expat CEOs , CFOs and HR managers,

Request to HM is to remove them and appoint Omanis in there place