Higher Wages In Philppines Sought

August 7, 2007 at 4:52 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

MANILA, Philippines (Mindanao Examiner / 07 Aug) – The Trade Union Congress of the Philippines (TUCP) on Tuesday said it will appeal for a wage increase that is “substantially higher” than the P12 approved by the Metro Manila wage board.

“There is no question about this. We will definitely mount a vigorous appeal,” TUCP spokesperson Alex Aguilar said in a statement sent to the Mindanao Examiner.

Aguilar said that under the law, any increase sanctioned by a regional board may, upon appeal, be augmented by the National Wages and Productivity Commission (NWPC).

The NWPC is composed of the Secretary of Labor and Employment, as ex-officio chair; the director-general of the National Economic and Development Authority, as ex-officio vice chair; two representatives each from the labor and employer sectors; and the commission’s executive director.

“The P12-adjustment is ridiculously low and grossly inadequate,” Aguilar said.

“We expected much more, considering we petitioned for no less than P75. The P12-increase will not extend workers any material relief,” he added.

The regional board authorized a P12-increase in the statutory minimum wage for workers in the National Capital Region, effective after the publication of the new wage order.

The board also ordered the full integration of the existing P50 daily cost-of-living allowance (COLA) with the prevailing P300-minimum wage.This effectively raises the compulsory minimum wage to P362, to include the P12-increase.

The integration of the P50 daily COLA means that the amount, going forward, would be factored into the computation of other mandatory monetary benefits, such as overtime pay and the 13-month pay, receivable by workers.

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