Reports: Oman oil strikers returned to jobs

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MUSCAT, Oman (AP) — Oman's state media says nearly 400 workers in the country's oil industry are being reinstated after they were fired for staging strikes seeking better conditions and pay.

The Sunday reports say the deal was reached after high-level talks that included labor leaders in the Arabian peninsula nation. The official Oman News Agency says the country's Shura Council, the highest elected body, led negotiations.

The strike began last week among workers in the oil sector and in support services. The walkout threatened to undercut Oman's oil exports, which are small in comparison with neighboring Gulf states but critical to Oman's economy.

Labor unrest was part of Arab Spring-inspired protests last year in Oman.

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