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26 Nov 2018

Times of Oman

Oman: Trade union urges employers to comply with decent housing standards

"Ensure workers get proper housing: Oman's trade union", 26 November 2018

Employers who provide substandard living quarters for workers are being targeted by Oman’s trade union federation. “Improving the living condition of workers is the obligation of the employer,” a spokesman for the General Federation of Oman Trade Unions said... When employers provide housing, they must abide by the standards and specifications listed in the Occupational Safety Regulations governed by the Labour Code in Ministerial Decision 286/2008. “These standards regulate bathroom conditions, workers’ sleeping areas, areas designated for serving food, ventilation systems, and a space for changing clothes,” said Al Busaidi... Muhammad and Hani are workers who recounted their suffering to the federation with regard to their accommodation.“We live in a narrow room with a length of 5 metres and a width of 4 metres, where we sleep, sit and eat. There are four or five people in a room with no windows at all, and we share toilets... When we asked the company to provide decent accommodation, they deducted our wages, which are already low”...“Housing conditions for workers are more likely to improve if there is a trade union in the company because the role of the trade union will be to monitor the extent to which the company is complying with the regulations listed in the labour law,” Al Busaidi said...