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DOLE orders Burger King to regularize 704 workers

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The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) has ordered fast food giant Burger King to regularize its 704 workers amid reports of several violations of general labor law and standards.

DOLE on March 28 mandated Burger King to give workers from its 44 branches in Metro Manila a regular employment status.

This was following the joint assessment conducted by labor law compliance officers, wherein the burger chain was found to practice labor-only contracting activities.

Despite their contracts having probationary status, the documents did not indicate the specific duration of their employment, DOLE said. The department stressed this scheme circumvents the right of workers to security of tenure.

“The principal and its four other contractors have deployed workers, who are performing activities, which are directly related to the main business operation of the food chain,” it said.

The department said that the contractors also do not have substantial capital as the employees use the principal’s equipment and tools in the performance of their outsourced services.

The principal and contactors were found to be non-compliant with the Occupational Safety and Health Standards for lacking trained safety personnel and a certified first aider.

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

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