Muscat: Employers in Oman have been warned against hiring runaway expatriate workers, in compliance with the new law on “absconders”.
“It is not permissible to provide jobs to workers other than those contracted by the company", said the Ministry of Manpower in a statement.
According to Oman’s labour law, an employer other than the sponsor or work outside the jurisdiction of their job profile shall be punished both with jail and fine.
The minister has stepped inspections in cooperation with the Royal Oman Police (ROP) and the civic authorities to root out illegal workforce in the country, reported Oman Observer.
Raids are being carried out at different places, including offices, private organisations and specific dwellings where large groups of such workers reside.
44 expatriate workers, including 30 women, were rounded up in Seeb, Bausher and Muttrah for violating the provisions of labour law.
Last weekend, 377 expat workers were arrested in a pre-dawn swoop in Ruwi and Hamriya, carried out jointly by the ROP and the ministry officials.