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2-05-2012 - Gulfnews by Sunil K. Vaidya

Omani staff at Ras Al Jinz Turtle Resort go on strike

Muscat: Omani staff at the Ras Al Jinz Turtle Reserve went on a strike Sunday paralysing all turtle watching activities at the beach on the eastern side of the country.

A staff member at the resort, owned by Omran and run by a private operator, confirmed with Gulf News that they had stopped taking bookings from Monday.

"The Omani staff has certain demands for some time but since there was no response to their demands, they have gone on strike," a source told Gulf News.

"A strike by employees of Ras Al-Jinz Scientific Centre started today," Wael Al Lawati, CEO of Omran, told Gulf news in a statement emailed late Sunday.

He added that the strike followed extensive discussions held with staff in the presence of Omran management, ROP, Ministry of Manpower & Ministry of Tourism over the past two weeks.

"The key demands made in the last meeting did not constitute a legal right to strike according to the Ministry of Manpower officials," he pointed out.

"However, staffs have decided to strike regardless. We are hopeful that a more constructive dialogue can commence soon," he said.

The hotel General Manager was not available for comment but a staff said that the strike issue didn't concern the resort operators.

None of the striking employees were available for comment from the resort located 240-km east to Muscat.


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