Dole mulls to implement minimum wage

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Wednesday, April 4, 2012

THE Department of Labor and Employment (Dole) in Northern Mindanao is mulling to implement a minimum wage salary for bus drivers reportedly for the safety of the passengers.

Johnson G. Cañete, Dole regional director, said the minimum wage salary for bus transport was piloted in Manila since there are numerous accidents due to the style of bus operators, which was commission-basis.

“In the commission-basis, the more the passengers you have, the more money will be taken home by both the driver and the conductor,” Cañete said.


Citing on the experience of the National Capital Region (NCR), Cañete said the Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Board (RTWPB) in the region is mandated to conduct an initial study on this scheme.

He said they will be calling on the transport sector on April 20 for a dialogue to hear their side if operators are amenable to the proposal.

Cañete said the dialogue also hopes to know their issues and concerns.

“We will slowly conduct a dialogue in order to hear the side of the transport sector,” he said.

Cañete said some employers fear that once the new scheme is implemented, drivers would no longer strive to get more passengers citing that whether they have more or less passengers, they would still get their minimum wage salary.

“The problem with the commission-basis is the commuter and the safety of the public. Rampant accidents happened in Luzon because the drivers are competing with each other on the streets, particularly in EDSA,” he said.

Published in the Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro newspaper on April 04, 2012.

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