Around 1,000 workers of Nutri-Asia Inc., one of the country’s biggest producers and distributors of condiments and a variety of food products will soon get their regular employment status.
Nutri-Asia and its three contractors – Alternative Network Resources Unlimited Multipurpose Cooperative, Serbiz Multi-Purpose Cooperative, and B-Mirk Enterprises Corporation — were found violating labor laws and general labor standards, and engaged in labor-only contracting activities.
In a compliance order issued by DOLE Regional Office 4A Director Zenaida Angara-Campita, the companies were directed to give regular employment status to 914 of their workers. The order cited a number of violations including the exercise by the principal (Nurti-Asia) of full authority over the deployed workers in the performance of their assigned jobs, as well as the lack of substantial capital on the part of the contractors as evidenced by the employees’ use of the principal’s equipment and tools in performing their outsourced services.
During inspection, compliance officers also found some violations of Occupational Safety and Health Standards such as the non-provision of personal protective equipment (PPEs) to the workers, and the non-conduct of Work Environment Measure in the premises.
Inspectors likewise noted the absence of safety officers, nurses and first aider that are necessary in cases of emergency. The workplace also did not provide for a clinic for employees.
Other findings include violations of the general labor standards such as illegal deduction for the workers’ uniforms and underpayment of basic wages and other wage-related benefits.
Nutri Asia Inc. manufactures condiments and other cooking products.
The company’s products are used in households and restaurants worldwide. It markets and sells its products through a network of distributors in Europe, the Middle East, Asia, the Pacific, and North America.