Labor group calls for passage of Wage Hike Bill

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Monday, April 28, 2014


THE Kilusang Mayo Uno (KMU)-Southern Mindanao reechoed its call for the passage of the House Bill 253 or the P125 Wage Hike Bill.

KMU-Southern Mindanao spokesperson Joel Maglunsod said on Monday that the passage of the bill has been stalled for decades after its proposal and the delay of its approval saw the continuing struggle for the country's labor force.

"Capitalists and the government won't allow it. But in the event that there is a campaign for the wage increase for our workers, the capitalists through the RTPWPB make various compromises and agreements that there should be hearings. There are P10 to P15 increases in the COLA (Cost of Living Allowance), mere alms," Maglunsod said.

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The KMU spokesperson also noted that the current minimum wage in the region of P301 is not enough to sustain a household with five members as the family living wage averages around P1,000 based on the research conducted by an independent research group Ibon Foundation.

"The P125-across-the-board wage hike is just one of our ways to bring back the purchasing power of the workers. The wage increase does not even take into account the constant inflation rate in our economy so at this point it is a minimal assistance to our labor force but at least there is still an increase. The Congress can't even give the P125 wage increase so how much more if we adjust it with the inflation?" Maglunsod said.

He added that if the legal battle with the congress for the passage of the bill fails, then they will take the battle to the streets with a series of protests.

KMU-Southern Mindanao along with other progressive groups in the region will conduct a rally on May 1 to intensify their call. The assembly will be at the Magsaysay Park and the protesters will march their way to Rizal Park in San Pedro St.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on April 29, 2014.

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