Riyadh: The Philippines authorities have blacklisted four Saudi construction companies for laying off 11,000 workers.
The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) banned Saudi Binladin Group, Saudi Oger, Mohammed Al-Meajel and Mohammed Hamed Al-Burqash and Bros from recruiting workers, Manila Bulletin reported on Friday.
In a statement to Manila Bulletin newspaper, POEA Administrator Hans Cacdac said that other companies are also being probed for possible violation of POEA regulations for Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs).
The four suspended firms are among the nine financially troubled Saudi companies which have been reported by the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) to have ‘displaced’ at least 11,000 OFWs.
Cacdac issued the clarification after migrant advocate group, United Overseas Filipinos Worldwide (U-OFW), claimed they received reports that some of the nine companies were still able to recruit Filipino workers despite their financial woes, reported local Arabic daily Al-Marsd.