Oman workers fight on


This video is called Omani protest 1 April 1 2011.

From the World Socialist Web Site:

Oman: Protests, demonstrations for better pay, against corruption

A rally took place May 9 in Muscat and a series of sit-ins were reported May 10 across Oman. According to Gulf News, the army “tightened security in Jalan Bani Bu Ali in the east where angry job seekers had vandalised property on Sunday [May 8].”

Sources cited by the news agency said safety and security staff at the Petroleum Development Oman’s (PDO) oilfields in Marmul and Faud picketed on the airstrip at these facilities. The fire safety staff at the oilfields reportedly went on strike, demanding better wages and contracts.

Gulf News cited a “posting on local social media web site Oman Sabla, staff of Oman Polypropylene, the company which is now part of the Oman Oil Refineries and Petroleum Industries (ORPI). Oman Refineries and Petrochemicals Company, Oman Polypropylene and Aromatics Oman were merged to form ORPI.

“Some pictures from the peaceful sit-in at the Sohar Industrial Port premises of the company have also been posted on the social media. According to some of the striking staff members, they want management to pay heed to the demands they made a month ago.

“They want parity of wages among all the three merged companies and want security and technical allowances. They are also demanding ‘Islamic Housing Loan’ to build houses for the employees. They also want the company to spell out policy regarding the bonus after the merger of the three companies to create new entity ORPI.”

On May 9, a demonstration of around 50 activists, took place outside the Housing Ministry in Al Khuwair, demanding action against those they have charged for corruption. The demonstrators also demanded improved social security benefits, as well as subsidised charges for the basic utilities such as electricity and water.

From Twitter yesterday:

Ebrahim Saeed:

Release of all detainees #Muscat #Sohar except three persons, no news about prisoners #Salalah 1200 detained so far #Oman

Bahrain: An official document reveals the invalidity of the accusations against doctors: here.

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