Omani turtles, workers hurt by privatisation


This video is about one of the many turtle nesting beaches at Ras al Hadd in Oman.

From the World Socialist Web Site today:

Omani turtle sanctuary strike

Around 40 staff at the Ras Al Jinz Scientific Research Centre continued their strike for a second day Monday.

“We had given notice to the management on April 8, and since we didn’t get a reply for 20 days we decided to go on strike,” Nasser Al Zedjali, an assistant guide, told Gulf News.

The staff action halted all turtle watching activities at the turtle reserve. Al Zedjali said that soon after control of the turtle reserve was transferred to a commercial entity, the employees were promised better conditions.

But instead, no new guides were appointed and the number of tourists permitted to watch turtles hatching was increased from 80 to 100 a night to about 180 to 200.

Al Zedjali said more visitors could keep turtles away, but “No one seems to be bothered as their only aim is to make money.”

Promised increments and bonuses were not given in the last four years.

Green turtles nest at Ras al-Jinz.

This video from the USA is called “Teamsters and Turtles Together“: Andre Benjamin in Battle in Seattle.

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  1. Senate tears up big city public transport tender plan

    Tuesday 08 May 2012

    Amsterdam, Rotterdam and The Hague may be able to keep their public transport services in house because the senate has voted against legislation to force through privatisation, news agency Novum said on Tuesday.

    The 10 senators representing the anti-Islam PVV voted with the opposition to halt the legislation which requires the big three cities to allow private firms to compete to supply tram, bus and metro services.

    The three cities have been fighting the proposal since it was first mooted in 2000. Although most local and regional transport services are now contracted out, parliament supported the cities’ refusal to comply, saying their services were too complex.

    Transport minister Melanie Schultz van Haegen continued to press ahead with the plans, saying the move would improve efficiency and cut costs by a total €120m.

    Now the cabinet has fallen and the PVV is no longer part of the governing alliance, PVV senators were free to vote against the plan. It is unclear whether the three cities will now halt the tender process.

    Bus companies in the three cities went on strike several times in protest at the plans.

    © DutchNews.nl

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    “Over a thousand employees of companies under contract with Petroleum Development Oman (PDO) and Oxy Oman have been on strike for the last four days,” reported the Gulf News, May 27.

    The companies affected by the strike include Attila Do&;an, Al Turkey, STS, and Wood Group. The workers’ demands include 400 Omani riyals (Dh3,804) basic salary, risk allowance and the provision of a pension.

    Employees of nine contractors were on strike in Foud oilfields. Four companies in Nimr and in other places were also affected.

    http://wsws.org/articles/2012/jun2012/wkrs-j01.shtml

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