Series of protests eyed to push for wage hike-A A +A
Monday, September 16, 2013
LABOR sector representative to the Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Board (RTWPB) Wennie Sancho said the labor force may again take to the streets to push for salary increase.
He said they are also against the P10 wage increase announced by Department of Labor and Employment (Dole) Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz.
Sancho reiterated the position of the labor sector against the two-tiered increase in Western Visayas region as stated by Dole Regional Director Ponciano Ligutom of which the MWPC is already resolved with.
He explained that two-tiered increase is performance-based that instead of a wage order, what will be issued is a wage advisory. But the problem is, it is voluntary on the part of management, Sancho added.
He said that with this, management cannot be compelled to implement the increase to the detriment of the labor force. However, Sancho pointed out that there is a pending wage petition that has to be addressed by the RTWPB.
The wage petition that is asking for at least a minimum of about P100 increase should be resolved first, Sancho pointed out. It should be addressed whether there is a wage increase or not, he added.
Sancho said that with the present wage situation, the labor force can hardly feed their families. With this situation, the labor force will be forced to again bring their sentiments to the streets.
Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on September 16, 2013.