By Lubna Hamdan
The decision is part of the country’s measures to tackle its national debt issue
Oman’s Ministry of Finance has indefinitely cut bonuses for government employees as part of a plan to cut the county’s national debt, reported Muscat Daily.
All initiatives with over 40% government ownership have been instructed by the ministry to implement the decision until further notice.
Oman’s budget deficit has grown past RO3 billion this year due to falling oil revenues.
According to the publication, most government employees will not contest to the decision as they recognize that the country is going through difficult financial times.
Najat al Busaidy, a senior therapist at the Armed Forces Hospital said, “I agree that bonus is a form of recognition for hard work and a way to encourage employees to perform in a much professional manner with better future productivity. Yet… as Omani citizens, we stand to support our country’s economic status through understanding and accepting the current financial situation in a positive way rather than being upset or by being not thankful to our government.”
Nevertheless, some employees called the decision “short-sighted” and unfair.
Salem al Mashani, former Majlis A’Shura member, said most partly-owned government companies are making enough profits and should not be holding back employee bonuses.
“Bonuses are a way to reward employees who have excelled, which is why they deserve it,” he said.
On the other hand, an official from the Oman Airports Management Company said employees should be happy that “their jobs are safe” as the year has not been great for national business.
The Minister Responsible for Financial Affairs, His Eminency Darwish al Balushi, urged workers to join hands to tackle the crisis.