Pinoy trailer truck drivers get salaries after complaining to POLO Riyadh

Three Filipino trailer truck drivers finally received their salaries for June after complaining to the Philippine Overseas Labor Office in Riyadh (POLO Riyadh).

Pero may bawas na SAR50 dahil daw sa Eid Al Adha holiday (but there was a deduction of 50 Saudi Arabian Riyal because of the Eid Al Adan holiday),” said Moises Guevara (a.k.a. Villy Perez Barroga) who spoke on behalf of two other Pinoy drivers, Roberto Mapili and Christopel Lopes.

The three were working for Masafat Al Madinah, which is owned by Shryan Al Qubani who has about 20 trailer trucks.

With the deduction, each driver received SAR1,450 instead of the SAR1,500 basic pay agreed upon by the Philippines and Saudi Arabia.

Barroga did not explain why there was a deduction in their salaries when they should have received at least their full pay since they worked on a holiday.

Eid Al Adha commemorates the willingness of Prophet Ibrahim (Abraham) to sacrifice his son Ismael as an act of obedience to God.

Barroga, who comes from Isabela, claimed their salaries had always been delayed since they arrived in the Kingdom on Feb. 16, 2021.

Tuloy naaantala ang pagpapadala  namin ng pera sa pamilya namin sa Pilipinas,” he said.

(As a result, our  remittances to our families in the Philippines are also delayed.) 

He  added that, aside from their salaries, they were not getting other benefits from the company like  health insurance and overtime pay.

Earlier, the drivers also complained that their employer forced  them to enter Riyadh, the Kingdom’s capital, to deliver goods even if the city’s truck ban was in effect, which is from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.

The drivers’ complaint was sent to Rafael E. Seguis, former Philippine Ambassador to Saudi Arabia and Yemen who is now with the Geneva-based (Switzerland) Center for Humanitarian Dialogue.

Seguis referred the  case to attaché at the Assistance to Nationals Section Saifodin “Ding” Manalao of the Philippine Embassy in Riyadh who, in turn, referred it to POLO Riyadh.

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