Twenty Filipino migrant workers in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, were kicked out of their company accommodation after they refused to work because of unpaid salaries.

The Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs said in a statement that the workers had been recruited by a major Saudi recruitment agency and transferred to their present company, and then assigned to work as cleaners in hospitals and residential homes in Jeddah.

However, they were reportedly not paid their salaries and food allowances for two months. They refused to return to work until they got paid. The company then removed the workers from their company-provided accommodation.

Officials at the Philippine Consulate in Jeddah took custody of the 20 Filipinos, who are now being taken care of at a shelter run by the Philippine Overseas Labor Office.

POLO is making arrangements for the repatriation of the Filipinos in coordination with a recruitment agency in the Philippines.