More than 1,000 overseas Filipino workers (OFW) in Al Khobar, Saudi Arabia have been displaced after they were locked out by their employer, Azmeel Contracting Corporation.
Labor Secretary Bello III, Overseas Workers Welfare Administrator Hans Leo Cacdac and several officials from the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), Department of Health(DOH) already flew to Al Khobar to help in the repatriation of the affected OFWs.
“Makikipag-usap ako sa minister of labor ng Saudi Arabia para sa pagpapauwi ng ating mga OFW at hilingin ang tulong ng pamahalaan ng Saudi para sa paghahanap ng trabaho sa ibang lugar, gayundin ang tulong-legal para sa mga monetary claims ng mga manggagawa mula sa kanilang employer,” said Bello.
Based on the report received by OWWA, Azmeel Contracting Corporation excluded its employees from their place of work after the Saudi government froze its assets.
Before the lockout incident, the employer failed to pay the workers’ four months wages, which led the workers to protest.
The government has sent an initial US$50,000 financial aid to the affected OFWs. — Yssa Jalmasco