Oman is making a push to improve working conditions for over 16,000 expat workers despite extending the expat visa ban to four more professions.
The local government is working to give better conditions to expat workers in Northern Sharqiyah and has intensified its inspections of private establishments to ensure that companies comply with labour law regulations and standards.
These expatriates are working for 112 employers who have 3,441 firms.
We urge all employers to ensure that they comply with the applicable procedures of the labour law. We will take legal action against those found violating the law. We appeal to all institutions to cooperate in this matter"
In a statement, the Ministry of Manpower (MoM) said: "The ministry recently recalled 67 employers who have 1,479 commercial records, including 8,228 expat workers in order to correct the conditions of workers in their facilities within the framework of labour market regulation.
"In addition, 22 employees who registered a total of 1,100 commercial recorded with 2,599 expat workers were also recalled by the ministry to discuss the mechanisms of correcting their employees in the registered records."
The ministry added: "23 businessmen with 5,175 expat workers did not attend the scheduled meeting as such legal proceedings will be taken against them."
The government pledged to continue to regulate the job market in accordance with the Omani Labour Law through visits to private sector establishments.
'We urge all employers to ensure that they comply with the applicable procedures of the labour law. We will take legal action against those found violating the law. We appeal to all institutions to cooperate in this matter," MoM said.
However, as part of the country's omanisation process, the Ministry of Manpower has announced that the ban on visas for expatriate carpenters, metallurgy workers, blacksmiths and brick kiln workers, will be extended for a further six months from July 3.
A statement issued on Sunday said: "The period of ban on permits to bring temporary expatriate manpower into private sector establishments for the professions specified in Ministerial Decision No. 122/2014, shall continue for a period of six months from 3 July 2019."
The latest extension comes following the announcement of a visa ban at the end of January 2018 for expatriates in 87 professions across ten sectors, including information systems, engineering, aviation and certain technical professions.