ALU pushes for P90 wage hike-A A +A
Friday, October 11, 2013
THE Associated Labor Unions (ALU) yesterday filed a petition asking the Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Board (RTWPB) to grant a P90 across the board daily wage increase for all workers in Central Visayas (CV).
The petition signed by Ferdinand Jumapao, ALU director on membership recruitment and services department, stated that the P90 daily increase is essential if workers are to cope with the increasing prices of commodities and cost of living.
The increase is also important to meet the basic needs of their families.
According to the petition, the amount of P90 daily is needed by all employees, not only those who are receiving the minimum wage. He said all workers are equally at the disadvantaged because of the price wage developments.
“The distortion provision in wage orders is cumbersome, does not respond to the needs of other workers, and is unjust,” read the petition.
The petition added that workers and their families, despite gains in the economy and productivity, have not been granted a single peso in real wage increase since 1989 when Republic Act 6727, or The Wage Rationalization Act was implemented.
The law mandates RTWPB, either in motu proprio or through petitions, to determine and fix minimum wages and to undertake studies, researches and surveys necessary to the attainment of their functions and objectives.
The last wage order was given on Dec. 7, 2012 in the amount of P22.
ALU said this wage hike, however, had been overtaken by the continuing increases in the prices of oil and its products, liquefied petroleum gas, utilities and basic goods and services.
“Due to the continuing increases in deregulated oil prices, automatic adjustments in rates of utilities (electricity, water), and the resulting general increases in prices, among others, consumer prices are expected to rise further by another nine percent. This would require an additional adjustment in wages,” the petition stated.
Art Barrit, ALU director for education, said the economic growth of 7.3 percent for the entire country and more than nine percent in Central Visayas as reported by the National Economic and Development Authority did not trickle down to ordinary Filipinos, specifically the workers.
“How could you appreciate growth rate with the scarcity of food on the table of the workers? We hope that the announcement of economic managers that the best is yet to come will be in the form of wage increase so that the workers will be on board,” Barrit said.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on October 11, 2013.