Food condiment maker NutriAsia Inc. on Tuesday expressed solidarity with all its workers and its six service providers “who have contributed much to the company and the country.”
At the same time, the firm welcomed the decision of the Department of Labor and Employment Region 3 office, which confirmed that NAI and its service provider, the B-Mirk cooperative, is not involved in “endo” or contractualization.
Thelma Meneses, NutriAsia head of human resources and official spokesperson, appealed to all parties to put an end to the labor dispute.
“We welcome DoLE Region 3’s ruling about B-Mirk’s striking employees, who are still barricading our gates [of the factory in] Marilao [Bulacan] on its 31st day,” Meneses said.
“We also respect DoLE Region 3’s ruling regarding AsiaPro. As reiterated by [Labor] Usec. Joel Maglungsod, the regional level’s decision is not final and executory. We will invoke our right to appeal at the Office of the Secretary of Labor,” she added.
“Through our collective prayers, we humbly ask that all parties put this difficult chapter behind us, so we can all move forward,” said Meneses.
The six service providers of NutriAsia called on their striking employees to return to work, with Meneses expressing high hopes their operations will normalize again once the employees return.
As part of its humanitarian efforts, NutriAsia said it will provide financial assistance to help employees affected by the dispute.
DOLE-3’s decision found that NAI’s four other contractors—B-Mirk Multi-Purpose Cooperative (BMPC), Fast Services Corporation, Bison Security and Investigation Agency, City Service Corporation, and Manchester Engineering—were found to be generally compliant with labor laws.
BMPC was found to be compliant with general labor standards after submitting proof of compliance and refunding the unauthorized deductions for uniforms from 519 workers’ salary amounting to P806,353.11 on March 15, 2018.
NutriAsia also assured the public it will work hard to bring the labor dispute to a peaceful resolution.