Seasons With Work and Seasons Without Pay

by: Ma. Lyn C. Torres

Publication Date: March 10, 2017
Length: 6 pages
Product ID#: 1-009-100

Core Disciplines: International Business, Operations Management/Supply Chain, Strategy & Management

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Permex is one of the largest tuna and sardine processors in the Philippines, employing 2,000 workers and producing varied canned sardine products for export and local use. A government-imposed Fish Ban occurs annually from December 1 to March 1 to give fish time to spawn and grow to the right size before harvest. With the fish ban over, Edgar Lim, plant manager at Permex, re-starts production but faces a problem: where are the workers? This year, many workers have not returned to the sardine factories. Mr. Lim, who is also the President of the Sardine Canning Industry, must determine the cause of the worker shortage and solve it.

Teaching Objectives

After reading and discussing the material, students should:

  • Identify the challenges facing the sardine canning industry.
  • Compare and contrast the impact to the sardine canning industry of the lower number of workers returning after the three-month fish ban.
  • Propose solutions to address the sustainability of production during the three-month breeding season.