Labour groups push for P334 minimum wage increase

23-Oct-2018 Intellasia | UNTV | 6:00 AM Print This Post

The Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Board-NCR started on Monday (October 22) its deliberation on the proposed P334 wage increase for private workers in Metro Manila.

The Associated Labour Unions-Trade Union Congress of the Philippines (ALU-TUCP) proposed in June a P320 wage hike which they later on revised to P334.

According to Alan Tanjusay, the national spokesperson of ALU-TUCP, the P320 proposed additional amount was based on the 5.2 percent inflation rate.

Because of the consecutive increases in inflation rate, the group decided to hike up the proposed amount to P334 citing the 6.2 percent rate in October.

“They will be able to cope with the rising inflation, rising cost of services at higit sa lahat they will be able to buy food that are very essential sa kanilang kalusugan, sa kanilang kalakasan bilang manggagawa so they would become more productive,” Tanjusay explained.

Once approved, the current minimum wage rate of P512 will be set to P846.

Tanjusay expects that the Board will release the approved wage rate before end of October. If that’s so, the new minimum wage rate will take effect on the second week of November.

Tanjusay argued that such proposal is reasonable to help workers make both ends meet for their families.

“Ang aming hinihingi ay hindi po luho hindi kami humihingi ng luxury hindi kami humihingi ng mga pambihirang hindi kinakailangan. ang aming hinihingi sa kanila ay yung tamang halaga na para mabuhay yung mga manggagawa at kaniyang pamilya,” he said.

The group added that it is high time for the imposition of a nationwide uniform wage rate citing that the prices of goods and services do not vary in every region.

They are also expecting a positive decision from the government on the issue of 14th month pay.

“Gusto namin at welcome namin ang panukala dahil sa panahon ngayon, kulang na yung 13th month pay bonus,” Tanjusay concluded. Marje Pelayo


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