Crackdown on Illegal Workers

05 Mar 2015
POSTED BY Y Magazine

Expat workers caught working in roles other than those specified on their resident cards will be fined, jailed and deported in a fresh crackdown to find violators and streamline the labour market.

An expatriate found flouting Omani labour laws will be now jailed for one month and fined between RO400 and RO800, a source at the Ministry of Manpower has revealed.

“In most cases, the worker is duped and forced to work in a job other than the one mentioned on the resident card. The worker also lives in fear of losing his or her earnings,” Shaji Sebastin, a Muscat-based social worker, told a local newspaper recently.

Any employers who hire non-Omani workers in violation of the licence issued could be fined up to RO2,000 for each worker and those who intentionally let an expatriate work for someone else will spend up to a month in jail and will be fined RO1,000 per worker, or will be subject to one of the two punishments.

Between February 15 and 21, a joint team from the Ministry of Manpower, the Royal Oman Police and Muscat Municipality conducted raids that resulted in 467 expatriate workers being detained and 260 deported. Many private establishments, including expatriate-run schools, were penalised for violating the labour law.

In 2014, around 22,000 expatriate workers were arrested, while in 2013 the number of arrests was 17,000.

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