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DOLE orders regularization of 750 workers in CALABARZON

POLITIKO DOLE REGULAR EMPLOYEES WORKERS CALABARZON Jan 10, 2018 @ 8:31

Some 750 workers in science-and-technology firms in the Cavite-Laguna-Batangas-Rizal-Quezon (Calabarzon) region will now become regular employees, on orders of the Department of Labor and Employment.

The DOLE’s Regional Office 4A, in a series of compliance orders, said the employers of the 750 were found to be violating the right of workers to security of tenure.

In Laguna, the DOLE ordered Cirtek Advanced Technologies Solutions Inc., Du Pont Far East Inc., and Fuji Electric Philippines Inc. to regularize 737 workers.

DOLE compliance officers who inspected the companies last year noted they were engaged in labor-only contracting activities.

“Some of the violations include lack of substantial capital on the part of the contractors as the employees use the principal’s equipment and tools in the actual performance of their outsourced services,” it said (https://www.dole.gov.ph/ro_polo_updates/view/1466).

Cirtek Advanced Technologies and Solutions Inc. is a manufacturing solutions partner for telecommunications, satellite communications, and semiconductor test boards.

Du Pont Far East Inc. is an innovation firm that repackages fungicides, herbicides, and insecticides.

Fuji Electric Philippines Inc. is a Japanese electronic firm making power semiconductors and other essential electronic devices forvindustrial equipment, automobiles, information equipment, and new energy.

Also, DOLE noted the principals exercise control and authority in the work of the deployed workers, who work alongside regular employees.

The deployed workers also performed the same functions that are directly related to the main businesses, the DOLE said.

Inspection teams also found the three companies did not comply with Occupational Safety and Health Standards, as they had no valid permits to operate mechanical and electrical equipment.

Worse for Cirtek Advanced Technologies Solutions Inc. and Fuji Electric Philippines Inc., they were found to not have valid fire safety inspection certificates.

Meanwhile, in Quezon, DOLE ordered Lucena-based mobile provider Viewers Mobile Inc. to settle unpaid benefits to its workers.

The DOLE found the firm to be violating general labor standards of non-payment of workers statutory benefits.

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