Jollibee ordered to regularize more than 6K workers

MANILA The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) has ordered Jollibee Foods Corp. (JFC) to regularize 6,482 workers deployed by its two contractors.

In a statement Wednesday, DOLE National Capital Region (NCR) Director Henry John Jalbuena said he has also directed the Filipino fast food giant to refund illegally collected payments to 426 affected workers in the amount of PHP15.43 million for Coop Share, Coop Christmas Party Paluwagan Fund, and Coop Savings Fund.

Likewise, five of its contractors were also ordered to return unlawful wage deductions, bonds, donations, shares and other illegal payment collections to 412 affected workers amounting to PHP4.13 million.

Leading the list of liable contractors are Citiwide Basic Commodities and Manpower Services, Inc. with a total financial obligation of PHP1.85 million to 40 workers for refund on cash bond for motorcycle rentals, and unpaid service incentive leaves and holiday pay.

Generation One Resource Service and Multi-Purpose Cooperative was likewise ordered to refund share capital, cooperative shares, membership fees, damayan fund, and compensate the unpaid holiday pay earnings of 287 workers with a total of PHP1.18 million.

Collected coop shares and uniform costs were also directed to be returned to 24 workers with a total amount of PHP440,300 by the Integral Care Formation Service Cooperative while a total of PHP464,012 was ordered to be refunded to 47 workers of Toptrend Service Corp. for motorcycle rentals.

Jalbuena said the order also accounts MetroGuards Security Agency Corp. to return donations and reimburse unpaid holiday pay earnings of 14 workers amounting to PHP199,905.

The labor department has earlier issued a compliance order to Burger King, directing it to regularize 704 workers deployed by its three contractors.

Meanwhile, the department has set schedules to inspect McDonalds and Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) to ensure their compliance with labor laws.

Last month, a mandatory conference was conducted by the DOLE Makati and Pasay Field Offices with the management of Chowking with succeeding dialogues set this month.

Another mandatory conference with the management of Mang Inasal is also set with the DOLE Quezon City Field Office.

Source: Philippine News Agency

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