Oman oil workers go on strike

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Hundreds of employees at Oman's state-owned Petroleum Development Oman refinery went on strike on Tuesday (March 15th) to demand better pay, Reuters reported.

The workers protested at the company building in Muscat and in two oil and gas fields, saying they would continue to strike until their wages improve.

Oil constitutes 70% of Oman's national income, with refineries producing 800,000 barrels per day. Petroleum Development Oman produces 80% of the national total.

The Omani government owns 60% of the company and Holland-based Shell 30%, with the remainder held by private companies.

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