Group calls for investigation of abusive work practices of Burger Machine
A group of workers is now calling on the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) to investigate fast food company Burger Machine for allegedly forcing its employees to work 48-hour to 100-hour shifts.
This was after a concerned citizen posted on Facebook the exploitative working conditions a Burger Machine employee has to go through for daily wages that are way below the prescribed rate for the National Capital Region.
The post is now making rounds in social media.
As a response, Respect Fast Food Workers’ Alliance is now urging DOLE to probe the case and penalize the company immediately should the investigation prove the allegations true.
“The DOLE should immediately inspect Burger Machine for forcing its employees to work non-stop for several days” Katherine Culaba, national coordinator of Respect Fast Food Workers’ Alliance, said in a statement.
According to Culaba, the alleged workers’ conditions in Burger Machine is among the worst in the country.
“We have reports of workers from different fast food establishments working beyond the prescribed eight hours with no overtime pay but by far this is the worst we’ve heard of,” Culaba said.
The group has interviewed several workers of Burger Machine with experiences identical to what the FB account user has posted.
“These workers are made to pay for discrepancies in the company’s inventory, deducting the equivalent amount of the ‘lost items’ from their regular wages – not to mention they’re underpaid to begin with,” Culaba further said.
Here is the said Facebook post that has now been shared more than 70,000 times: