Advance release of pay hike for teachers hit

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Thursday, May 5, 2011


A TEACHER'S group hit Thursday Malacanang's announcement that it would release the third tranche of salary increase for government workers in June, instead of July as originally scheduled.

France Castro, secretary general of the Alliance of Concerned Teachers (ACT), said President Benigno Aquino III's announcement falls short of their demand that the government should give the full amount covering the third and fourth tranches of the salary increase under the Salary Standardization Law-3 (SSL-3).

"This could have a great impact if President Aquino gives the whole remaining balance of salary increase, which involved two remaining tranches this year and next year to all government employees, including public school teachers," Castro said.

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The release of full amount, he said, is more than necessary given the continuous increase in the prices of basic commodities and public services such as transportation.

At the same time, the militant teacher rebuked the President for what they said is credit-grabbing when he announced the release of the amount.

"The President was not with us in our campaign for the P9,000 across the-board salary increase," Castro said.

ACT's demand was also echoed by another teachers' group, saying the advance payment of the two tranches would be a clear manifestation of the government's intent to alleviate the plight of the ordinary public sector workers.

"We still have less than P3,000 increase, but that would be divided into two years, we appeal that said amount be given in full this July. We are also in solidarity with other some government employees' groups who called for a P,6000 salary increase," said Benjo Basbas of Teachers Dignity Coalition.

Under the SSL, the entry-level position of public school teachers will reach a total of P18,549 next year, but Basas said the government should not wait for next year and instead implement the wage increase now. (AH/Sunnex)

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