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Strengthening union power in Oman

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19 August, 2022In July, IndustriALL, in cooperation with the General Federation of Oman Workers (GFOW), organized a workshop on communication and negotiation skills. 25 unionists from the executive bodies of the sectoral labour federations and members of the women's committees participated.

The seminar focused on the right to collective bargaining through ILO standards, the role of trade unions in promoting social dialogue and collective bargaining, and communication and negotiation skills.

Ahmed bin Suhail Al-Ma’ashani, secretary of the sectorial federation of electricity sector, said:

“The training programme is very useful to unionists in the Sultanate as it enables the Sultanate’s unionists to gain various experiences."

Ishaq bin Juma Al Kharousi, GFOW vice president, said:

"This is the first visit by IndustriALL to the Sultanate, during which IndustriALL learned about our union work. We will develop this cooperation in order to strengthen union work in the sectors and develop the leadership skills of unions in the respective sectors."

Ahmed Kamel, IndustriALL MENA regional secretary, said:

“GFOW is taking positive steps to develop sectoral work and encourage women's participation in union work."

Last year, IndustriALL and GFOW organized an online training for the sectorial federations on industry 4.0, the impact of Covid-19 and international labour standards.