(MENAFN - Muscat Daily) More than 10,000 Labour Law violators have been apprehended between January and September this year in raids conducted by joint inspection teams of the Ministry of Manpower (MoM), said Salem bin Said al Badi, director general of Labour Welfare at the MoM.
In a recent press statement, Badi said a total of 10,226 were arrested during this period from across all governorates.
Around 200 Labour Law violators, including women, were arrested in a raid in Darsait last week and hundreds were arrested in a previous raid in Muttrah. The offences for which the arrests were made included selling dates on roads, transporting passengers and goods, cleaning vehicles, selling fruits and vegetables and scrap metal illegally.
The inspection teams also arrested 315 Labour Law violators recently from Rustaq.
Badi confirmed that the inspections were carried as part of MoM's efforts to monitor the private sector and ensure that expatriate workforce adheres to provisions of the Labour Law.
The creation of the inspection teams was based on the ministerial decision No 102/95 to check the number of absconding expatriate workers.
Badi added that under Article 114 of the Labour Law, an expatriate found violating the law will be banned from entering the sultanate again and his sponsor will not be permitted to get another non-Omani worker for atleast two years.
He also said that the employers whose employees have been arrested during the raid should check with the join inspection team in Muscat governorate during office hours as soon as possible and should bring with them the required documents.