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