For Several years the BWI has been working in the GCC countries with a view to defend the rights of all workers, most of whom are migrant workers.
From 9-12 February 2020, a historic BWI mission took place to Oman. It was led by General Secretary Ambet Yuson. Crescentia Mofokeng, Regional Representative for Africa and the Middle East Region, and MENA Coordinator Wassin Rifi also participated in the mission.
Yuson expressed condolences to the General Federation of Oman (GFOTU) and the people of Oman on the death of His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said. Yuson spoke of his majesty’s contributions to the country. He stressed his important, personal role in improving the respect for human rights, with special attention to important reforms in the area of trade union rights.
This Mission met with the Executive Board of the Federation led by the Chairman Nabhan Bin Ahmed Al-Battashi, who gave an overview of the Federation as well as its International affiliation, its openness to learn more about BWI and its work, and the achievements of the Trade Union Federation in Oman. It was created to represent all workers including migrant workers, who have voting rights. Nabhan Bin Ahmed Al-Battashi explained that one of the most important sectors of the Economy of Oman is the Construction Sector. The union president of the Construction Sector was also represented at the meeting.
Ambet Yuson explained the BWI and its work globally, especially in this region, and what has been achieved so far. He also expressed his congratulations to the Federation for the work they have done on behalf of all workers including migrant workers.
‘’We are open to exploring cooperation with the GFOTU and its affiliates in BWI Sectors to learn from each other, especially about the progress that the Omani Trade union has made,’’ said Ambet Yuson, BWI General Secretary
The second stop of the visit in Oman was the offices of the Department of Manpower where Yuson met with the representative and advisor to the Minister of Labour for planning, Mr. Mohamad Al Hanaei, who explained the work of the Ministry.
The BWI General Secretary was grateful for the success of the mission; the beginning of fruitful cooperation and sharing of experiences between the BWI and the GFOTU.