Report ‘premature’ termination cases to embassy, Saudi OFWs advised


Amid persistent reports on the termination of Filipino workers in Saudi Arabia, Filipino workers who receive termination notices from their employers or who have been terminated without valid cause are advised to get in touch with the Philippine Overseas Labor Office (POLO) nearest their place of work (Riyadh, Jeddah and al-Khobar). POLO officers will provide the necessary assistance to the complainants.

These reports identify the Nitaqat system under the new Saudization policy as the reason for the recent incidents of termination of Filipino workers. The Saudi government has already announced that the Nitaqat system will start on 11 September 2011 and even then the companies who fail to comply with the Saudization targets (red-coded or yellow-coded companies) are given grace periods of 6 months and 9 months, respectively, from 11 June 2011, to improve their situation.

It is noted that the Nitaqat system honors existing work contracts. The sanction for non-complying companies will be the non-renewal of work permits of foreign workers, and not their illegal termination. This is the reason why the work permits of foreign workers in red-coded companies will not be renewed, and that the work permits of foreign workers in yellow-coded companies will be limited to 6 years.

Under the Saudi Labor Law, the employer can terminate the work contract in the following cases: (1) the worker assaults the employer or any of his superiors, (2) the worker fails to perform his essential obligations or obey legitimate orders from his superiors, (3) it is established that the worker committed a misconduct or act of dishonesty, (4) if the worker deliberately commits any act or default with the intent to cause material loss to the employer, (5) if the worker resorts to forgery to obtain his job, (6) if the worker is under probationary period, (7) if the worker is absent without valid reason, (8) if the worker unlawfully takes advantage of his position for personal gain, and (9) if the worker divulges work-related industrial or commercial secrets of the employer.

Affected workers are given the chance to refute the ground(s) for their termination. They can also file a complaint with the Saudi Labor Office for illegal termination.

The Filipino community is advised to regularly visit the Philippine Embassy website [www.philembassy-riyadh.org] for updates on the implementation of the Nitaqat system.

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10 thoughts on “Report ‘premature’ termination cases to embassy, Saudi OFWs advised

  1. impossible be ung taong naka watchlisst ay maaaring makalabas paa sa ibang bnsa? ano dapat gawin ko kasi nung tiningnan ko dun sa poea d pa raw siya naka alis pero my mga ebedensiya na pabaalikbalik d2 pinas..paaano ko malan un na d talaaga sya makaabalik uli o my posibilidadd na pati ung ssaudian magsampaa ng demanda dahil my gnagawa sya anumaalya..

    • Zoe,

      Anong kalseng watchlist? Anong kaso? Is the watchlist order it coming from the Bureau of Immigration? Kasi kung BI galing, bihira pong makalusot ang mga naka watchlist not unless kung may magic na nangyari.

      Bong

  2. Sir, mag 3 weeks n k d2 sa jeddah kaso ala p rin akong Iqama, gaano b ktagal makuha ung iqama k, 2 days p lng ako d2 nagpamedical n k

    hindi pla masyadong mahigpit d2 sa jeddah, nakikita k kasi mga OFW natin n nka jersey at long short ang suot

    • Boy,

      Antay antayin mo minsan kasi nasa Liaison Officer ang problema. Just kep me posted.

      Aminin ko hindi mahigpit masyado sa Jeddah dahil hindi residence ng Hari ang Jeddah. Pero mag-iingat parin kayo dahil ang mottawa ay walang pinipili na oras. Sabi nga nila, dito sa KSA timing timing lang ang lahat. Good Timing ka pag ang napasokan mo na employer ay maganda. Timing ka kung nakalusot kayo sa SADIKI at TSIKABEBS pero ang lahat ay nasa TIMING, pag Ma-timing na oras mo ng mahuli, KALABOS at nasa huli ang pag-sisisi.

      INGAT KAYO.

      Bong

  3. sir pabakasyon me ng sept.”10″,2011 til oct.12,2011, nasa green code status naman kami kaya lang baka di me pabalikin kahit may re-entry ako? if ever po pag-stamp ng “exit only” na cncv nila sa passport kahit na may re-netry visa ka pa. ano pong dapat gawin if ever na lagyan nila ng exit only despite may re-entry visa ka nga. cv po kc sa akin sa airport palang tumawag agad sa opisina namin, may magagawa pa ba kung sakali na istamp na nga “kung sakali’ ang passport visa ko ng exit only? salamat sir bong, mabuhay po!

  4. sir panu posakin 2months n wla pa akong iqama panu po ako makauwi nito red yung status ko untill kailn ba mtatatpos ang pg comply nila my posibilidad poba ako makauwi kht n 2months n expire iqama ko makakauwi paprin ba ako n d renew ang iqama ko slamt kc nalilito napo ako f panu makauwi n wlang iqama. anung months ba matapos ang pgcomply n mga company s bgung rules

    • Rich,

      Kung hindi maka pag comply ang inyong employer, ibig sabihin hindi na kailangan pang mag renew ng iqama.

      Basahin mo ang mga naka post Rich para madetalye sa iyo ang information, ok.

      Bong

  5. panu kung ung mismong sa mga boss sa establishment ang naguutos sau na magsinungaling ka..pede bang iterminate ng worker ang contract ng wala ng hihingiin na kabayadan ang employer???panu ung kaso na ung establishment ang mismong gumagawa ng alibi para maalis ka sa dating pinagtatrabahuhan mu dahil wala daw kinikita..like ung sitwasyon ko na halos 1month na kong walang trabaho dahil sa hinugot nla ko sa isang kasinungalingan na ginawa nla nag-email sila sa dati kong pinagtratrabahuhan na ako daw eh mgemergency leave dahil me sakit ang nanay ko…sa ganyang grounds ba pede ko iterminate ang contract ko ng wala ng hihingiin pang kapalit ang establishment na ito..

    maraming salamat sir bong…utang uta na lng talaga ko magpainterview…sawang sawa na ko

    • Noy,

      Napadala mo na ba ang sulat reklamo mo sa POEA? Dapat humanap ka ng paraan na mapasyalan mo ng personal ang POLO/OWWA office at mag file ka ng formal na reklamo or mag pa-guide ka kung paano mag complain sa Saudi Labor Office.

      Bong

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