Congress to launch investigation against Nutri Asia
The Congress is set to launch an investigation on Nutri Asia, Inc. and its alleged abusive working environment.
To be specific, a resolution was filed yesterday by Bayan Muna Representative Carlos Isagani Zarate, ACT Teachers Rep. Antonio Tinio and France Castro, Gabriela Rep. Emmi de Jesus and Arlene Brosas, Anakpawis Rep. Ariel Casilao, and Kabataan Rep. Sarah Elago so they could look into the working conditions within Nutri Asia that led to protests of its workers.
The resolution will particularly allow the government to find out for itself Nutri Asia’s condemnable labor practices, which includes labor-only contracting, busting, illegal dismissal of 75 employees, among others.
Owned by Filipino-Chinese businessman Joselito Campos, NutriAsia is the company that manufactures the brands like Datu Puti, Silver Swan, Mang Tomas, UFC Banana Catsup, Papa Banana Catsup, Golden Fiesta, Locally Blended Juice Drink and Locally Merci Buco.
To date, the value of the company is said to be around P16.8 billion.
“Ngayong araw (Hunyo 27) naghain ang Makabayan bloc ng panukalang resolusyon for investigation ‘yung sa usapin ng violation ng workers’ rights ng NutriAsia. Naalala po natin ‘yung mga contractual, endo employees ng NutriAsia ay naka-strike ngayon dahil nga sa tinanggal sila sa trabaho,” Zarates said.
In February, the government said that NutriAsia, along with their contractors — namely, B-Mirk, Alternative Network Resources Unlimited Multipurpose Cooperative, and Serbiz Multi-Purpose Cooperative — were found “violating labor laws and general labor standards, and engaged in labor-only contracting activities.”
Months after that, workers of B-Mirk went on a protest due to sudden displacement and poor working conditions.
Based on reports, of 1,500 employees working for B-Mirk — which operates a plant in Bulacan — only 100 are regular employees.