Some 830 workers in the service industry in CALABARZON will soon secure regular employment status.


This after the labor department issued a compliance order to Zenith Foods Corporation and its two service contractors – Staff Search Asia Service Cooperative and Sikap Cleaning and Sanitation Services, to regularize their workers following findings they were engaged in labor-only contracting activities.


Zenith Foods is the central commissary of Jollibee Foods Corporation which operates a food processing plant in Calamba, Laguna. It serves more than 800 Jollibee and Greenwich stores in and outside the Philippines.


Some of the violations noted in the compliance order include lack of substantial capital on the part of the contractors as the employees use the principal’s equipment and tools in the actual performance of their outsourced services.


The principals also exercise control and full authority in the performance of the work of the deployed workers, who work alongside regular employees of the principals and performing the same functions that are directly related to the main businesses.


Both the principal and the contractors were also found out to be violating general labor standards for non-payment of workers’ statutory benefits based on the joint assessments conducted by the labor laws compliance officers (LLCOs).


With noted violations, DOLE has also ordered Zenith Foods and Staff Search Asia Service Cooperative to pay around P1.2 million to 868 workers as a refund for the illegal deduction on their wages for the annual physical/medical examination.


END/Abegail De Vega

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