Protesters complain that they are among the least-paid oil workers in the Gulf
About 200 workers at two
refineries staged demonstrations on Sunday, demanding higher
wages, as a series of concessions by Oman's veteran ruler Sultan
Qaboos bin Said have failed to quell discontent and unrest.
The protesters, along with those working in an oil field who
went on strike last week, have complained that they are among
the least-paid oil workers in the Gulf.
"We want higher pay, better pension, training, regular
promotions and more Omanis in the management team," Mohamed Al
Harthi, one of the protesters at the Muscat refinery, said.
The normally tranquil oil-producing nation at the mouth of
the Gulf was stunned by protests last month that left at least
one person dead in the industrial city of Sohar.
Oman produces about 800,000 barrels per day of oil, which
accounts for more than 70 percent of the sultanate's income.
The two affected refineries are the Muscat refinery, with an
output of 85,000 barrels per day, and the Sohar refinery,
producing 120,000 barrels per day.
The government has already declared it would double monthly
welfare payments and increase pension benefits for citizens.
On March 10, other Gulf Arab oil producers launched a $20
billion job-generating aid package for Bahrain and Oman, as both
face anti-government protests inspired by uprisings across the
Qaboos has fired 12 ministers since the protests against his
rule began, and so far has offered to cede some legislative
powers to the partly elected Oman Council, an advisory body.oil news from the UAE and Gulf countries, follow us on Twitter and Linkedin, like us on Facebook and subscribe to our YouTube page, which is updated daily.
Free food, less working hours, no question of failing for graduation, retirement after 10 years, free air fare like expats, pay parity like expats with less work, the wish list goes on... the hard work done by the Sultan for 40 years have gone down the drain within 2 months.