MANILA – A P157 wage increase petition will be filed next week by labor groups for Metro Manila workers.
The Trade Union Congress of the Philippines (TUCP) said, this is due to the increasing poverty, the declining value of minimum daily wage and the rising cost of basic goods and services.
The group argued that the real value of the current P491 daily minimum wage is only P361.30.
This is lower than the 2015 poverty threshold standard amount of P393 a day needed by a family of five to survive.
The labor group also submitted a proposal to President Rodrigo Duterte for the program Labor Empowerment and Assistance Program (LEAP)
They are asking the government for a monthly P500 subsidy that could be added for their food.
“Sadlak na po ang kahirapan ng ating mga manggagawa kung kayat sabay po naming hihingiin ito as I said kay Pangulong Duterte at sa wage board (Our workers are trapped in poverty that is why we will ask for both at the same time from President Duterte and the wage board),” ALU-TUCP Spokesperson Alan Tanjusay said.
The group estimates that the government will spend around P24 billion pesos for the subsidy of 4 million minimum wage earners.
Last year, the labor group had asked P154 wage increase but the board granted only P10.
The Employers Confederation of the Philippines will look at the consumer price index as basis for their position on the matter.
They will also wait for the decision of the wage board. — Rey Pelayo | UNTV News & Rescue
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