Oman Air staff stage protest

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DUBAI, United Arab Emirates – Employees of Oman’s national airline are protesting in front of the company’s headquarters in a rare expression of labor unrest in the strategically important Gulf state.

The Associated Press reports that the Oman Air demonstration Sunday calling for improved working conditions follows days of protests elsewhere in Oman urging political reforms. Oman and the island nation of Bahrain have seen some of the biggest outbursts in the Gulf as part of the Arab world’s wave of unrest.

The carrier’s chief officer for corporate affairs Philippe Georgiou says flights have not been disrupted by the demonstration.

He says the airline is willing to listen to protesters, who come from a number of different departments and have a range of demands.