29 August 2012
Group hails 98 OFWs for winning their case vs. Saudi company
Al-Swayeh Filipino workers and other Migrants staged a protest inside their labor camp in Riyadh, February 2012 (Migrante-KSA file photo)
Migrante-Middle East (M-ME) hailed the ninety-eight overseas Filipino workers who have filed a labor case against their employer at the Saudi labor court for ‘not giving up their fight and standing for their rights as migrant workers.’
Last week, the distress OFWs received a favorable decision from the Saudi Labor court that ordered their employer, Al Swayeh Company, to pay the OFWs unpaid wages, and end of service benefits.
“The 98 OFWs, with the support of their kin in the Philippines and Migrante-Saudi Arabia, have had a good fight and did not give up standing for their rights,” said John Leonard Monterona, Migrante-Middle East regional coordinator.
Monterona added if not of the active participation of the 98 OFWs who have staged several protest actions such as stopping their work, and a 1-day hunger strike to press the Philippine Labor officials in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia to closely follow their case, then their victory could have been delayed further and would not get the attention of Saudi authorities. http://migranteme.blogspot.
In fact, Monterona noted the Pakistanis, Indians, and migrants of other nationalities have already been paid of their entitlements and some were repatriated home ahead of the OFWs because of their respective embassies prompt assistance given to them.
Monterona said, ‘We are seeking clarification to Riyadh-based Labor Attache Albert Valenciano who have sent his report to DoLE secretary Baldoz that the OFWs have already received a total of Saudi Rials 1,090,785 (roughly P12,281,729), whereas the OFWs are expecting to receive a little more than 3-M Saudi rials as per their overall computations.”
“Notably, there is a big discrepancy to the amount in which the OFWs are expecting to receive than what their Saudi company has already given them. We want this to be followed up closely by POLO-Riyadh,” Monterona averred.
Monterona said most of the 98 OFWs conveyed their plea to be repatriated as soon as they have received their rightful unpaid salaries and end of service benefits.
John Leonard Monterona, regional coordinator
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