Government workers unmoved by salary increase

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Wednesday, May 4, 2011


PROGRESSIVE state workers are belittling the third tranche of salary increase promised by President Benigno Aquino III on Labor Day.

Confederation for Unity Recognition and Advancement of Government Employees-CAR (Courage-CAR) regional coordinator Jo Perez said the additional P6,000 in their salary is more beneficial to them than what was promised by Aquino.

The group also belittled the P7,574 minimum monthly pay, claiming it is not enough for a family of six members to survive in a month as this does not include mandatory deductions such as taxes, GSIS, Pagibig and Philhealth premiums and contributions.

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Aquino earlier promised advanced implementation of the third tranche of the Salary Standardization Law amounting to P2.8 billion, which will come from personal services savings, especially those generated by determining the actual filled positions of certain agencies.

Department of Budget and Management Regional Director Liza Fangsilat said this is on top of the P19.46 billion already appropriated for the increase of government workers' pay from July 1 to December 31.

Estimates from Courage showed a family of six needs P28,710 a month to course through the increasing cost of living exacerbated by the almost weekly fuel increases.

The Aquino administration believes the early implementation of third tranche of the SSL and the early release of mid-year bonuses will help government employees cope with rising costs of commodities.

They will also get their scheduled salary increases in time for school opening on June 2011.

Meanwhile, Kilusang Mayo Uno, in a statement, added the non-wage benefits the present administration promised is only a band-aid solution to workers' problems.

They said a significant wage increase such as the P125 across-the-board wage increase is more realistic to that proposed by the regional wage boards which they claimed as pro-employers.

The group added they are dismayed with the decision of the regional wage boards claiming there are no existing supervening conditions on the prices of basic and prime commodities that would warrant an increase either in the cost of living allowance or the basic pay.

Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on May 04, 2011.

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