SPC offers 830 contract workers permanent jobs

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SPC offers 830 contract workers permanent jobs

SPC Group has offered 830 temporary contract workers permanent positions, the company announced Thursday.

The company said the employees were all originally hired by an outsourcing agency to work at SPC’s bread plant in Pyeongtaek, Gyeonggi, but were directly hired by headquarters as permanent employees on Wednesday. Their roles in the factory varied from producing dough and coffee beans to deliveries and logistics.

The new employees will receive the higher wages and upgraded welfare benefits offered to salaried employees, including more rewards for long service and a vacation bonus which was not provided in their previous positions.

The food giant, which runs multiple food and beverage chains, came under scrutiny last year for allegations it mistreated outsourced bakers that were hired on temporary contracts. The company promised to make amends and has been keeping up efforts to improve the job quality of its workers.

SPC said Thursday that 2,000 temporary workers engaging in logistics, sales and office work were hired by the company’s headquarters since July 2017. In December, the company established a subsidiary to hire 5,300 bakers that were originally employed through outsourcing agencies.

It stressed that more than 9,000 people have joined the company since last year, either as new recruits or outsourced workers that were transferred to full employees.

“We plan to actively take part in the government job initiative, expanding directly-hired employees and new recruits,” said an SPC Group spokesman. “We’ll do our best to increase the quantity and quality of jobs [in the company] by improving policies and work environments.”


BY SONG KYOUNG-SON [song.kyoungson@joongang.co.kr]

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