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Oman deports 88 expats for labour law violations

Inspections by Ministry of Manpower also saw 45 people arrested

Oman deports 88 expats for labour law violations

Oman's Ministry of Manpower revealed that the action was taken following visits by an inspection team in Muscat.

Eighty eight expat works have been deported from Oman and a further 45 have been arrested by the Ministry of Manpower for breaking labour laws.

An online statement from the ministry revealed that the action was taken following visits by an inspection team in Muscat.

The statement said: “The Ministry, during the period February 2 - 8, 2020, deported 88 violating workforce who were arrested in inspection campaigns to implement the provisions of the labour laws and the regulation of the labour market.

“The ministry, represented by the joint inspection team in Muscat, carried out on Saturday an inspection campaign at Mawaleh Central Market of vegetables and fruits and neighbouring stores, where 45 workforce have been arrested for violation of the Labour Law.

“The legal procedures are being completed in this regard.”

It was announced last week that expats in Oman, who are employed as sales representatives (sales promoter) or purchasing representatives will not have their working visas renewed, under fresh guidelines issues by the country’s Ministry of Manpower.

In November last year, Oman ruled out issuing visas to expat construction workers and cleaners for six months.

While Oman’s Ministry of Manpower extended a temporary visa ban on hiring expats for six months, beginning on August 5, to include four more professions.

It applies to jobs in IT, accounting and finance, sales and marketing, management and human resources, insurance, media, medical, airports and engineering.