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ALU-TUCP vs. National Whether or not the This case is a Petition for Certiorari, which Yes, the petitioners were properly characterized as
Labor Relations petitioners were properly assailed the Resolution of the National Labor “project employees”. A project employee is assigned to
Commission and National characterized as “project Relations Commission (NLRC) declaring the carry out a specific project or undertaking wherein the
Steel Corporation, 234 employees” rather than petitioners as project employees of private duration and scope of such is determined at the time the
SCRA 678 “regular employees” of respondent National Steel Corporation (NSC). employee was engaged for that project. The project or
National Steel Petitioners were employed by NSC in connection undertaking referred to above may or may not be
Corporation. with its Five Year Expansion Program (FAYEP I within the regular business of the corporation but it
& II) for varying lengths of time when they were must be identifiably separate and distinct from the
separated from NSC's service thus they filed ordinary or regular business operations of the
complaints for unfair labor practice, employer. The particular component projects embraced
regularization and monetary benefits with the in the FAYEP I and II, wherein the petitioners were
NLRC. After the hearing, the Labor Arbiter assigned, were distinguishable from the regular or
declared the petitioners as “regular project ordinary business of NSC, there work was limited to
employees” who shall continue their employment one or another of the specific component projects
as such for as long as the project exists and who which made up the FAYEP I and II. There was nothing
shall be entitled to the salary of a regular in the record to show that the petitioners were hired for,
employee. Both parties appealed the decision, or in fact assigned to, other purposes such as for
which was later affirmed with modifications by operating or maintaining the old, or previously installed
the NLRC declaring that the petitioners were and commissioned, steel-making machinery and
“project employees” and set aside the award to equipment, or for selling the finished steel products.
the petitioners of the same benefits enjoyed by Moreover, the petitioners' claim that should be
regular employees for lack of legal and factual qualified as regular employees because they have
basis. The petitioners then invoke Article 280 of rendered more that six years of service to NSC lacks
the Labor Code arguing that they are “regular” legal basis. The proviso in the second paragraph of
employees because their jobs are necessary, Article 280 of the Labor Code which states that an
desirable and work-related to NSC's main employee who has served for at least one year shall be
business and also because they have rendered considered a regular employee relates to casual
service for six years or more to NSC. employees and not to project employees.