Oman Air 'bows to some demands' of striking staff

Representatives promised that salary issues will be addressed but not all demands met - report
Oman Air 'bows to some demands' of striking staff
An Oman Air cargo plane. (Getty Images)
By Andy Sambidge
Wed 09 Mar 2011 07:47 PM

Oman Air has bowed to some of the demands of their ground staff after their representatives met with senior managers of the company and the board of directors, it was reported on Wednesday.

The talks were called after ground staff called a strike on Sunday when about 200 employees either reported sick or refused to work, Times of Oman reported.

The paper said staff representatives were promised that, although not all the demands would be honoured, the financial ones would be accommodated.

“They promised us that our salaries will be raised with effect from March 1 by increasing some allowances though they told us that they needed more time to consider how much the increment will be,” one of the negotiators who represented Oman Air’s striking staff told the paper.

A senior official in Oman Air said the allowances and salary hike will be provided according to a study undertaken by the board of directors. 

Oman has seen some of the largest protests in the Gulf Arab region demanding political reforms, jobs, and improvement of salaries.

Oman Air, fully owned by the government, offers flights to Asian destinations such as Bangkok and Bangladesh's Chittagong, as well as European cities including Frankfurt and Paris.

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