Oman issues human rights handbook for workers amid labor abuse claims

Oman issues human rights handbook for workers amid labor abuse claims
Concrete works at a construction site in Oman, Nov. 29, 2015. (Shutterstock)
Updated 11 January 2018

Oman issues human rights handbook for workers amid labor abuse claims

Oman issues human rights handbook for workers amid labor abuse claims

DUBAI: A handbook on human rights has been issued for expat workers in Oman after a series of complaints were made claiming abuse, Times of Oman reported on Wednesday.
The guide outlines various ways of resolving complaints made by workers against their employers.
The information for migrant workers includes advice not to take illegal actions, such as “leaving work, going on strike or running away,” as these actions could lead to legal actions being taken against them. Instead the guide suggests workers discuss problems with their employer first.
“The OHRC received and monitored a number of labor cases related to the non-Omani labor force in recent times,” an Oman Human Rights Commission spokesman explained. They added: “Most of these cases involved domestic workers and other labor issues relating to salaries, adequate housing, and other rights.”
It also states that labor syndicates and trade unions should be involved. According to the report, there are more than 230 syndicates and trade unions in Oman.
In situations where people have been brought into the country illegally through human trafficking or are used illegally beyond the terms of their employment contract, the handbook advises that people should approach the National Committee for Combating Human Trafficking.