>> Abandoned for months in dessert camps and now, sent packing with no pay. Thousands of foreign workers stranded by this Saudi employers as the Kingdom itself has an economic slump. After the fall in the price of crude oil. These migrants work for construction giants Saudi Oger. The family company of former Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri.
They haven't been paid since January and in July, they stopped receiving food, electricity and medical services. Living conditions are squalid, but they say they wont budge.>> The situation is very bad. The food is not good. Also here, cleaning system is not good. Otherwise, we're too much problems.
Medical problems, many personnel are sick and they cannot go hospital because no have the insurance. Therefore they cannot treatment here.>> Shocked home countries sending help. Philippines Labor Secretary, Silvestre Bello arriving in Riyadh to demand fair treatment. His counterparts from India and Pakistan have already done the same.
Saudi depends on foreign labor and the government has defended its decision to allow workers to return home.>> If we have ten million foreign workers, ten million foreign workers not complaining and you have only 30,000 in one company. This should not be generalized. The labor ministry says, it will follow up wage claims and has offered workers free flights home.
But most here say at this point, they can't afford to leave without their pay.