Cap on lawyers’ le­gal fees for low-paid work­ers

A pact was signed by the Gen­eral Fed­er­a­tion of Omani Trade Unions and the Omani Lawyers As­so­ci­a­tion to set a max­i­mum limit for the at­tor­ney fees

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MUS­CAT: Le­gal fees for low­paid work­ers have been capped, fol­low­ing an agree­ment be­tween lawyers and Oman’s trade union body.

If you earn less than OMR400, you don’t have to worry too much about lawyer’s fees – in case any dis­pute arises at the work­place.

The agree­ment signed by the Gen­eral Fed­er­a­tion of Omani Trade Unions (GFOTU) and the Omani Lawyers As­so­ci­a­tion sets a max­i­mum limit for at­tor­ney fees: OMR200 for pre­lim­i­nary level, OMR100 for ap­peal level, and OMR100 for high level. Be­sides, the ad­vance pay­ment shall not ex­ceed 50 per cent of the to­tal value of the agreed fees.

The in­di­vid­u­als who will ben­e­fit are mem­bers of the ad­min­is­tra­tion of the trade union and work­ers af­fil­i­ated to it whose salary was less than OMR400.

The deal was signed for the lawyers by Dr. Mo­hammed Al Zad­jali, Chair­man of the Board of Direc­tors of the As­so­ci­a­tion.

The GFOTU signed four other agree­ments and me­moran­dums of un­der­stand­ing—with the Oman So­ci­ety for Pe­tro­leum Ser­vices As­so­ci­a­tion (Opal), the Al­izz Is­lamic Bank, the Sher­a­ton Ho­tel, and Risk Man­age­ment Ser­vices (RMS).

The agree­ment with Opal was signed by the So­ci­ety’s Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fi­cer, Musal­lam AlMan­thari, and en­vis­ages co­op­er­a­tion in the set­tle­ment of labour and trade dis­putes that may arise in en­ter­prises in oil con­ces­sions.

The deal with RMS was for re­duc­tions in the rates of com­pre­hen­sive in­sur­ance of ve­hi­cles and third-party in­sur­ance, in­sur­ance against personal ac­ci­dents, in­sur­ance of do­mes­tic work­ers, as well as health in­sur­ance. It will ben­e­fit mem­bers of GFOTU’s ad­min­is­tra­tion and trade union mem­bers, in­clud­ing their spouses as a first stage.

The MoU signed by GFOTU and Al­izz Is­lamic Bank fo­cused on the pro­vi­sion of bank­ing ben­e­fits and fa­cil­i­ties to the fed­er­a­tion and its af­fil­i­ates.

Un­der the pact with Sher­a­ton Ho­tel, mem­bers of the ad­min­is­tra­tive bodies of trade unions and em­ploy­ees of the Gen­eral Union re­ceive spe­cific dis­counts on room rates, a 20 per cent re­duc­tion on ho­tel restau­rant bills and a 30 per cent dis­count on health club and gym sub­scrip­tions.

FEE CURBS: The deal was signed for the lawyers by Dr. Mo­hammed Al Zad­jali, Chair­man of the Board of Direc­tors of the As­so­ci­a­tion.

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