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Oman says to study reasons for worker strikes

Ministry of Manpower will look at why workers held a series of strikes between 2011-2014 to help better resolve disputes in the future

Oman says to study reasons for worker strikes
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Oman’s Ministry of Manpower would study a series of worker strikes between 2011 and 2014 to record their grievances, Muscat Daily reported.

The study would recommend solutions for the underlying causes to help prevent and resolve future strikes, a ministry official reportedly said.

He claimed all of the strikes were within the private sector.

“Workers in several private sector firms struck work, particularly in 2011, demanding pay rise, better work conditions, promotion and more annual leaves,” the official was quoted as saying.

In most cases, the workers’ demands were met during mediation led by the ministry.

“This helped bring stability in the industrial sector as strikes were settled amicably,” the official said. “Workers were happy that their demands were met, but we need to study that why they struck work in the first place.

“[The study] will recommend solutions underlying the causes of labour strikes.”

He said that study will provide scientific data and statistics based on research on strikes in the industrial sector between 2011 and 2014 and the most important demands.

“It will recommend a set of solutions from the point of view of workers and employers on how to settle disputes,” he was quoted as saying.

“This will help the ministry prepare long-terms strategies to solve labour disputes.”

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