Oman to announce new labour laws in November

Solutions to Oman’s labour law issues – including the NOC – will be announced on November 20, Times of Oman has reported citing Deputy Secretary of the Supreme Council for Planning.

Talal Al Rahbi, deputy secretary general at the Supreme Council for Planning and General Coordinator of Tanfeedh, told the daily that solutions to issues regarding a number of manpower and labour laws were addressed in the second phase of Tanfeedh and these will be announced on November 20.

According to Al Rahbi, the implementation of these proposed amendments will begin in early 2017.

Seeking feedback on proposals

He added that the Omani government is also about to embark on the biggest survey in recent history by asking all Omanis for their feedback on detailed proposals.

After thorough negotiations for more than a month, significant changes are expected, he added.
Al Rahbi also mentioned that following the announcement, a survey will be carried out among the public to get feedback of the results presented at the exhibition.

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Mohammed Khaldi, a trade unionist in Oman, said: “The current sponsorship system should be either removed or reformed. It is not helping the workers. It has to change.”

The trade unionist added that the NOC option for expatriates should be removed.

“We are aware that the NOC is used as a tool of exploitation. It should be removed or certain changes have to be made,” the trade unionist added.

During the beginning of 2016, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) had eased its labour law in order to provide more mobility to foreign workers, and Qatar is expected to do the same on December 13 with a new labour law, which will be more labour-friendly and without NOC options.

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