Ma­jlis A’Shura, MoCI dis­cuss draft law on hid­den trade

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To study the draft law against hid­den trade, mem­bers of the Eco­nomic Com­mit­tee in Ma­jlis A’Shura hosted a team from the Min­istry of Com­merce and In­dus­try (MoCI) on Mon­day.

The law will deal with mat­ters re­lated to hid­den trade such as penal­ties and vi­o­la­tions.

The meet­ing dis­cussed the rea­sons for hid­den trade and its forms and its im­pact on the Omani econ­omy due to re­mit­tance of money by work­ers. It re­viewed the so­cial chal­lenges re­sult­ing from the grow­ing num­bers of ex­pa­tri­ates in the coun­try.

The Min­istry of Man­power had re­cently re­ferred an em­ployer to the Pub­lic Pros­e­cu­tion for vi­o­lat­ing the labour law. The em­ployer had al­lowed his em­ploy­ees to work for oth­ers il­le­gally. The min­istry said, ‘He had reg­is­tered 63 com­pa­nies and al­lowed all 524 em­ploy­ees to work for oth­ers il­le­gally.’

In May, the min­istry had re­ferred eight cit­i­zens to the Pub­lic Pros­e­cu­tion, in­clud­ing a woman, who had reg­is­tered above 600 com­pa­nies with 5,349 ex­pa­tri­ate work­ers.

The work­ers were left free to work any­where they could find jobs on the con­di­tion of monthly pay­ment to em­ploy­ers.

The min­istry had stopped deal­ing with these com­pa­nies.

Ar­ti­cle 18 of the Omani Labour Law states that an em­ployer is pro­hib­ited from al­low­ing any non-Omani worker to work for oth­ers.

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