Some 704 workers of one of the leading hamburger chains in the country will soon get their regular employment status.

This after the labor department has ordered the Burger King or Perf Restaurants Inc. to regularize its workers in 44 store-branches in Metro Manila following findings of violations of general labor laws and standards.

Based on results of the joint assessment conducted by labor laws compliance officers (LLCOs), the Burger King and its five contractors were found engaged in labor-only contracting activities.

One of its contractors – Fusion Integrated Service Cooperative provides employment contracts to workers with probationary status without specifying the duration of their employment, which is a scheme that circumvents the right of workers to security of tenure.

The principal and its four other contractors, meanwhile have deployed workers, who are performing activities which are directly related to the main business operation of the food chain. The contractors also do not have substantial capital as the employees use the principal’s equipment and tools in the performance of their outsourced services.

Non-compliance with the Occupational Safety and Health Standards (OSHS) was also noted with the principal and contactors lacking with trained safety personnel and certified first aider.

Burger King and its contractors were also told by the labor department to immediately issue appointment letters and payroll reflecting the entitlements of the affected workers as regular employees.

END/Abegail De Vega

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