Duterte gov't orders Jollibee to regularize over 6,000 workers

As the government continues its crackdown on labor contractualization, the Department of Labor and Employment on Wednesday, 4 April 2018, ordered Jollibee Foods Corporation to have more than 6,000 of its workers to attain REGULAR status of employment instead of being hired under short-term contracts.
In a statement, DOLE National Capital Region Director Henry John Jalbuena said that his office directed the popular fast food company to regularize 6,842 workers deployed by its 2 Contractors.
The Labor Department also issued a compliance order to Perf Restaurants Inc., subsidizing Burger King, to also regularize its 704 workers under 3 Contractors.

DOLE scrutinized Jollibee’s P15 Million in “illegally collected payments” to refund to its 426 workers from the company’s Cooperative Share, Christmas ‘Paluwagan Fund’, and Savings Fund.”

It also listed 5 of Jollibee’s contractors accounted to a total outstanding balance of P4,137,158.15 involved in "unlawful wage deductions, bonds, donations, shares, and other illegal payment collections" to which they owe to 412 workers.

These contractors include Citiwide Basic Commodities and Manpower Services, Incorporated and Toptrend Service Corporation with the highest obligation of P1,853,578 and P464,012, respectively, which they owe to a total of 87 workers for unpaid service incentive leaves, holiday pays and cash bonds for motorcycle rentals.

With an obligation to pay at least P1 Million worth of unpaid holiday earnings to 287 workers, Generation One Resource Service and Multi-Purpose Cooperative falls in second and was also ordered to repay accumulated share capitals, cooperative shares, membership fees, and Damayan fund.

Integral Care Formation Service Cooperative is obliged with P440,300 of collected cooperative shares and uniform costs to 24 workers.

Lastly, MetroGuards Security Agency Corporation owes a total of P199,905 to 14 workers of their unpaid holiday pay earnings.

Meanwhile, its direct fast food rival McDonalds never practiced contractualization since it set foot in the Philippines’ shores and has quoted to “always adopted a direct hiring policy”. McDonalds also claimed that it had been consistently compliant with DOLE’s labor, occupational safety, and health standards.

DOLE says it has also initiated dialogues with the management of Chowking, Mang Inasal and KFC for the same initiative.


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