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Along a fine of more than OMR 5,000 A workforce recruitment office is closed in Suhar

08/12/2019

The Primary Court in Suhar has recently ruled to close an office to recruit workers with a fine of OMR 5,300 due to engaging in an activity without obtaining a license and not to provide the service to the consumer properly, after a number of consumers in the Al Batinah North Governorate filed complaints against the office.

 

As for the details, the General Directorate of Consumer Protection in Al Batinah North Governorate has received several complaints against an office to recruit workers, as consumers reported that they contracted with the office to bring in workers for their homes, but the office continued to delay procurement of workers. It also refrained from returning the sums paid to consumers. After that, it became clear that the owner of the office was unaware of the problems that occur from the failure of female workers to come to consumers, as the second defendant who manages the office agrees with consumers. This confirms the office's lack of credibility and transparency in dealing with consumers.

 

Initial indications of complaints examination showed that the establishment is engaged in the activity of recruiting foreign workers without obtaining approval from the competent authority. By asking the first suspect, she stated that the second accused is the one who runs the activity, and makes agreements with the victims. She also indicated that it had purchased this activity from the third and fourth defendants who had previously been convicted of a misdemeanor assignment of a license without obtaining approval from the competent authority under the criminal ruling issued by the Primary Court in Suhar. It was also revealed through the examination of complaints that the office received the full amount agreed upon before providing the service, which is in violation of the Consumer Protection Law and its regulations that prohibit the receipt of the full amount before providing the service. Not to mention that they retrieved the workers and handed them over to a new sponsor without refunding the previous sponsors and ending their procedures. Accordingly, the judgments were issued and the facility was permanently closed.

 

The Public Authority for Consumer Protection calls the labour recruitment agencies to adhere to the laws that protect consumers’ rights and address some wrong practices that violate these laws, stressing that they will not fail to take the necessary action in order to protect the rights of consumers and save their money.

 

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 No one imagined that greed and deviousness would reach such a staggering level that thought exist only in movies and investigative drama shows , yet it became a stark reality when some merchants sought to make a profit on the account of health and safety of the young and adults alike utilizing the God-given intellect that they posses into destruction and evil instead of serving public good , the devious plan used ( Back to school ) season by carving holes inside books and hiding chewing tobacco inside in away from the inspectors notice targeting the younger generation with these destructive materials that effect the health , mind and safety of our kids .
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