The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) announced on Monday that it was setting to scale down the deployment of new hires to Saudi Arabia starting 2020 due to continued failure of the Gulf state to address their violations against Filipino migrant workers, who thus far have claims of at least P4.6 billion.
“The purpose of this scaling down is to call the attention of the Saudi government to what we consider as slow action to the plight of our workers … whose monetary claims have yet to be settled,” Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III told reporters.
This 2019 alone, more than 300 overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) who work in several construction and oil companies in Saudia Arabia have not yet received salaries from their employers since April, added Bello.
Saudi Aramco, the world’s largest oil producer, is one of the main contractors that should hold accountable for more than 200 OWFs there.
These affected workers are part of the 13,000 OFWs who were repatriated in August 2016 by DOLE after they weren’t given their due for up to two years.
Around 9,000 of these migrant workers have yet to receive their claims, according to Bello.