White Christmas for Jollibee workers in Mimaropa

Date Posted: December 24th, 2017 11:39 AM

Some 500 workers of a giant food chain in MIRAROPA will have one of the best Christmases after the labor department ordered their employers to give them regular employment status.


This after Jollibee Foods Corporation and its contractors in nine branches in the region were found to be engaged in labor-only contracting activities.


Covered by a compliance order issued by DOLE Regional Office 4B Director Alvin Villamor were three Jollibee branches in Puerto Princesa City in Palawan, five in Oriental Mindoro and one in Romblon.


In the order, JFC and its three contractors were told to regularize 468 employees as the deployed workers are performing activities which are directly related to the main business operation of the food chain. The principal also exercises full authority in the performance of work of the outsourced employees.


Labor inspectors in the region noted violations including the lack of substantial capital of the contractors as the deployed employees use the principal’s equipment and tools in the performance of the outsourced services.


Non-compliance with the Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) Standards was also noted with contractors lacking trained safety officers and failing to submit OSH reports.


Aside from regularizing the workers, the DOLE regional office also ordered JFC and the contractors to pay unauthorized deductions amounting to P775,050 to the affected employees and provide proof of remittances with the SSS, Philhealth, and Pag-Ibig to secure workers’ social welfare benefits.


Jollibee and its contractors were also told to immediately issue appointment letters and payroll reflecting the entitlements of the affected workers as regular employees.


Jollibee is one of the largest fast food chains in the country, operating a nationwide network of over 750 stores. END/ Abegail De Vega
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