Guv: More jobs needed, not higher wages

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Friday, May 2, 2014


NEGROS Occidental Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr. said the government and the private sector should create more jobs rather than give higher pay, because expensive labor cost will scare off investors.

Marañon shared his sentiment after the Trade Union Congress of the Philippines (TUCP) filed a petition for salary increase of P135 per day during the observance of the Labor Day on Thursday.

The governor said no investor will come to the Philippines if the P135-wage increase petition is approved.

"If you are working hard you can earn double than the minimum wage. Jobless people are undignified," Marañon said.

Groups of militant workers staged on Thursday a rally at the Bacolod Plaza to demand for the implementation of the increase in salary.

“We are not celebrating the Labor Day instead, we are protesting the Aquino administration for failure to address the labor problem nationwide,” Bayan-Negros secretary general Christian Tuayon said.

Kilusang Mayo Uno spokesperson Ronald Ian Evidente said the workers are still struggling and poverty continues to get worse.

Evidente said most of the workers are hungry, because of the small amount of wage they earn.

Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on May 02, 2014.

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