Muscat – In an effort to combat hidden trade and illegal expatriate workers, Ministry of Labour (MoL) and the Security and Safety Corporation signed an agreement on Monday to establish an inspection unit with the objective of improving inspection operations and enhancing efficiency in performing related tasks.
The agreement was signed by H E Dr Mahad bin Said Ba’owain, Minister of Labour, and Maj Gen Abdullah bin Ali al Harthi, Chairman of Board of Directors of Security and Safety Corporation, at MoL headquarters.
The agreement aligns with government directives to bolster the inspection efforts by supplementing these with security support services. It also involves the adoption of new policies to organise the Omani labour market with the aim of intensifying inspection campaigns on non-compliant establishments and undocumented labour, and streamlining procedures preceding inspection operations.
Represented by the Directorate General of Labour Welfare, MoL is working to foster improved relations among stakeholders through coordinated field visits to private sector facilities. The goal is to ensure compliance with lab-our laws and execution of ministerial decisions, as well as addressing violations of regulations. Additionally, the agreement will fortify the Omani economy and attract investments.
According to H E Ba’owain, inspection work requires a high level of competence. The agreement with Security and Safety Corporation aligns with national objectives, while organising the Omani labour market and accelerating procedures for integration among state institutions.
On his part, Harthi informed that the agreement would be fulfilled alongside training for hum-an resources and logistical readiness to facilitate integration of relevant authorities. The agreement also opens up job opportunities in the security and safety sector, contributing to labour market developments and stability.
According to MoL data, 5,724 expatriates were arrested in Muscat in the first half of 2023 for labour law violations; 3,887 were subsequently deported.