Saudi Oger to return Pakistani workers' passports
Saudi Oger’s Pakistani workers have been given the option to remain in the kingdom to work for other sponsors, or to leave for home on final exit visas
Saudi Oger will return its Pakistani workers' passports so that they can transfer their residency visa to other sponsors, or return home, according to Saudi Arabia's Ministry of Labor and Social Development.
Abdullah Bin Mohammed Al-Olayan, director of the ministry, also said the company, which has been heavily affected by the slowdown in the kingdom's construction sector, will calculate all of its financial debts, Saudi Gazette reported.
Al-Olayan said the Pakistani workers were given the option to either remain in the kingdom to work for other sponsors or leave for home on final exit visas.
The ministry will pay for the transfer fees, charges of the final exit visa, and the flights. Costs will later be deducted from Saudi Oger.
Al-Olayan said: “The [residency visa] transfer will be done without the consent of Saudi Oger, their original sponsor.
“The main problem facing the option of the workers joining new employers is the exaggerated salaries they ask for. The workers are used to receiving high pay from Saudi Oger. They are not willing to accept less from any new employer,” he added.
Al-Olayan made the statements following a meeting at the Pakistani Consulate in Jeddah, with the visiting Pakistani Minister of Overseas Workers and Human Resources, Pir Sayed Sadaruddin Shah Rashidi.
During the meeting, a Saudi Oger representative confirmed that the company will return workers' passports and issue letters ascertaining their financial rights.
According to local media, the contractor owes its employees salaries amounting to $800m (SAR3bn), in addition to dues owed to contractors and exporters, and money to be repaid for loans from local and international banks.