Palace defends P10-hike on NCR minumum wage-A A +A
Saturday, September 7, 2013
MALACANANG defended Saturday the P10-increase in the salary of minimum wage earners in Metro Manila, saying that the government has to balance the interest of both the workers and the employers.
In an interview over dzRB Radyo ng Bayan, deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte said that the Regional Tripartite Wage and Productivity Board of the National Capital Region (RTWPB-NCR) had to consider also the concerns of the employers to ensure that businesses would not close shop.
"So it's always a delicate balance that has to be considered in these cases," she said.
Labor groups have been criticizing the wage increase that the RTWPB-NCR has granted with the workers in Metro Manila.
The militant Partido ng Manggagawa (PM) slammed the P10-wage hike, saying it was a "cruel Napoles joke" inflicted on the workers.
"Janet Napoles steals P10 billion from the people's money and the government offers P10 in coins to workers as a consolation. While the people's attention is focused on the billion peso pork barrel scam, the wage board thinks it can quietly dupe workers with a measly pay increase," said PM spokesperson Wilson Fortaleza.
Kilusang Mayo Uno (KMU) regarded the wage adjustment as an insult to Filipino workers who are already suffering from worsening hunger and poverty.
It reiterated the call for the P125-across-the-board wage hike.
Trade Union Congress of the Philippines (TUCP) said the wage board's decision was outrageous as this could not buy a half kilo of rice.
The P10-increase would bring the minimum wage in the NCR to P466. (SDR/Sunnex)