By Leslie Ann Aquino
More employees of Jollibee Foods Corporation may also have to be regularized soon amid the ongoing inspections of the Department of Labor and Employment in different establishments.
Labor and Employment Secretary Silvestre Bello III explained that the recent order for JFC to regularize more than 6,000 of their workers is for Metro Manila only.
“I understand that’s Metro Manila only. On a nationwide basis, you can think of more than 10,000 to 50,000 considering the bulk of the employees of Jollibee,“ he said in an interview.
“Inspections has been going on and they’re now submitting own report on their respective regional heads,” Bello added.
He said the inspections are being conducted to check on labor compliance.
“I think other business establishments like Inasal, Chowking have been inspected already. Even SM is being inspected, everybody. We have to see to it that all are in compliance with labor standards,” said Bello.
DOLE-NCR Director Henry John Balbuena earlier ordered JFC to regularize 6,482 workers deployed by its two contractors.
JFC was also directed to refund illegally collected payments to 426 affected workers in the amount of P15,432,305.00 for Coop Share, Coop Christmas Party Paluwagan Fund, and Coop Savings Fund.
Five of its contractors were also ordered to return unlawful wage deductions, bonds, donations, shares and other illegal payment collections to 412 affected workers with a total amount of P4,137,158.15.
The list of liable contractors identified by the labor department are the following: Citiwide Basic Commodities and Manpower Services, Inc. with total financial obligation of P1,853,578.00 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 ordered to refund share capital, cooperative shares, membership fees, damayan fund, and compensate the unpaid holiday pay earnings of 287 workers with a total amount of P1,180,363.15.
Collected COOP Shares and uniform costs were also directed returned to 24 workers with a total amount of P440,300 by the Integral Care Formation Service Cooperative while a total of P464,012.00 was ordered to be refunded to 47 workers of Toptrend Service Corporation for motorcycle rentals.
The compliance order also accounts MetroGuards Security Agency Corporation to return donations and reimburse unpaid holiday pay earnings of 14 workers amounting to P199,905.00.
Bello said the decision of the regional director is still appealable.
“The order to regularize is immediate unless they will appeal, in which case it has to wait for our decision on their appeal,” he said.