The Sorry Plights of Overseas Filipino Workers in Saudi Arabia

The Sorry Plights of Overseas Filipino Workers in Saudi Arabia

Damman : Saudi Arabia | Mar 10, 2012 at 9:58 PM PST
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Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) in Al Khobar, Saudi Arabia have been facing difficult situations, which include but not limited to the following:

  • Being placed under probation more than once

  • Not furnished a copy of their employment contract
  • Terminated from work without due process
  • Transferred to a branch or division/department with either same or another position without their permission
  • Demoted — or assigned to a position of lower rank – without a valid justification
  • Illegal withholding of salaries, or unlawful salary deductions
  • Not permitted to go back to work after suffering from a lingering but curable illness
  • Delayed release of salaries and benefits due them
  • Their companies do not follow the required prescription of offenses and penalty
  • Working overtime without appropriate pay
  • Doing a job other than what is being stipulated in their contract
  • Their actual salaries do not match with the salaries originally agreed or specified in their employment offer letter
  • Victims of “broken promises” of converting their status from single to family
  • End of Service Benefits (EOSB) — referred to in the Philippines as Separation Pay or Severance Pay — is computed not according to law
  • Their companies do not have well-defined policies, or they are not properly oriented with company policies
  • Unfair labor practices and treatment; racial discrimination

Only very few of OFWs reported their situations to the Labor Office, claiming that they do not want to engage in a legal battle with their companies that are ready to face them in court should they lodge a complaint against them.

Danilo Tao-tuan Naraja is based in Riyadh, Riad, Saudi Arabia, and is a Stringer on Allvoices.
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