Pinoy locked up in Saudi hotel room for failing to pay his bill

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  1. sobore
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    http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/stor...-saudi-hotel-room-for-failing-to-pay-his-bill

    A Filipino engineer in Saudi Arabia was locked up in his room for four days because he failed to pay his bill, the news site Emirates 24/7 said.

    Quoting a Alsaudeh newspaper report, Emirates 24/7 said the Filipino was staying in a hotel in the eastern region with a couple of friends and did not expected the bill to be so high.

    When his friends left and the engineer was about to pay the bill, he found out that his money was not enough.

    The Filipino was short of nearly SR11,000, the report said.

    An Egyptian employee of the hotel locked the Filipino in his room for four days and gave him food from under the door.

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  2. LIH Prem
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    are they going to make him pay for the extra 4 days and the food?

    incredible but unfortunately not unique in the way that Filipino OFWs are treated.

    -David
     
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    Considering that foreign workers are basically slaves in that part of the world, he probably got lucky with the treatment he received.
     
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  4. If a western Country put out a call for every Philippine worker in Saudi, there would be an immediate stampede.
     
  5. LIH Prem
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    It's not like the US has a great record either, but at least in Western countries they have some basic rights, though it may be hard for them to access them.

    http://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/2010/September/10-crt-1048.html

    this case was about thai workers, many that used their homelands as collateral to pay the fees they were charged to get jobs in Hawaii, the case was botched by the US Attorney.

    http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/08/05/us-farm-case-hawaii-idUSTRE7740EL20110805

    and lots more of these if you search.

    -David
     
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  6. Canada has a foreign workers program that guarantees workers will receive the same benefits and salaries as other equal employees. The pay check of such a worker must be within 15% of the normal wage for that occupation. Provinces that are in need of skilled workers have set up departments within their labor ministries to monitor the program.

    In terms of Philippine workers Canada has signed accords with the Philippine authority that oversees recruiting agencies and has required the approved agencies to register in Canada so thye can be also subject to Canadian law.
     
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    All good, but I believe that Filipino OFWs have to pay about a $5,000 fee to those agencies in order to get an entry level job in Canada. Which is similar to what they would pay to get an OFW assignment in the US or the UK or other western countries. That fee goes directly to the agency who also gets paid by the companies they recruit for. Everybody gets their cut in that game. The only ones that don't are the workers. Exploitation is the name of the game in the Pinoy OFW business.

    I have no doubt that Canada is probably one of the better places.

    -David
     
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  8. I am getting involved in bringing Philippine skilled labor to Canada for a group of companies in the oil patch and the rules of the game are no placement fees from employees. This is a rule that will also be put in place by the provincial governments because it is against Canadian law to pay for a job.
     
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    Most companies and lots of countries have those rules, yet it does not stop the exploitation from happening in the Philippines. Talk to the workers when they are here. They may not call them placement fees, they will disguise them as something else.

    -David
     
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  10. I will be back in manila to get into much more detailed discussions with recruiters and we will make them sign a declaration about exactly what charges the employee will have to pay. We will pay the transportation costs to Canada and will demand a full costing of the work done in the Philippines to get the employee ready to travel.
     
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    A noble effort indeed. I hope you are successful in your efforts, and can help the workers in not getting scammed by the middle-men/women.
     
  12. Thanks. Fortunately I live in a Country that seriously frowns on abuse of labor as do the group of Companies I am involved with..
     
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