‘WE WON’T CUT EX­PAT WORK PER­MITS IF COM­PA­NIES HIRE OMA­NIS’

Em­ploy­ers who ig­nore Oman­i­sa­tion tar­gets risk hav­ing their ex­pat work visas can­celled

Times of Oman - - FRONT PAGE - Times News Ser­vice

The is­su­ing of work per­mits won’t be stopped if vi­o­lat­ing com­pa­nies meet the re­quired Oman­i­sa­tion tar­gets, the Min­istry of Man­power has said.

The an­nounce­ment comes in the back­drop of the Min­istry of Man­power’s rev­e­la­tion that 161 com­pa­nies had been pe­nalised for not em­ploy­ing a sin­gle Omani worker.

Ac­tion has been taken against es­tab­lish­ments em­ploy­ing up to 40 peo­ple each and 6,959 peo­ple in all, for not hir­ing Omani na­tion­als, the Min­istry of Man­power re­vealed .

More­over, an of­fi­cial at the Min­istry of Man­power told the Times of Oman that the min­istry will not deal with th­ese com­pa­nies as long as they vi­o­late the Oman­i­sa­tion tar­get rule.

“They have to rec­tify the sit­u­a­tion. Vi­o­lat­ing com­pa­nies are re­quired to speed up the process and work to achieve the re­quired Oman­i­sa­tion rate, be­cause a de­lay will cause ter­mi­na­tion of work per­mits for their em­ploy­ees,” the of­fi­cial said.

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