(MENAFN - Muscat Daily) The Municipal Council has proposed changes in the Omani Labour Law and do away with the rule that requires employers of absconding expatriate workers, including housemaids, to wait for six months before hiring new replacements.
''To protect the rights of employers, the Municipal Council has suggested to the Ministry of Manpower (MoM) to allow employers to soon bring in other expatriate workers as replacements to those reported as absconding,'' a Muscat Municipality official said.
''The council wants MoM to treat absconding workers as those who have already left the country so that employers become eligible to hire again. The council is also calling for the need to intensify penalties on arrested absconders in order to protect the rights of employers,'' the official said.
A majority of absconding workers are housemaids. ''There has been a call to have coordination between MoM and police centres regarding absconding housemaids and to demand the ministry to be flexible towards citizens and determine a penalty to deter housemaids from absconding,'' the official said.
''After my housemaid absconded, I was told to wait for six months and asked to pay for her ticket so that she could be deported after arrest. First, you lose a worker, then you pay for her air ticket and also wait for six months to be able to hire again. This is unfair and authorities need to review the law,'' said Fuad al Farsi, a private sector employee.
The council is also studying a proposal for a ban on employing housemaids of some nationalities and open doors for those from other countries inste