NCR pay hike effective Friday-A A +A
Tuesday, October 1, 2013
THE National Wages and Productivity Commission (NWPC) announced that the P10 increase in minimum wage in Metro Manila is already set to take effect on Friday, October 4.
In a statement, the NWPC reminded employers that beginning October 4, the new daily minimum wage rate in the National Capital Region (NCR) shall be P466 in non-agriculture industry and P429 for workers in agriculture, private hospitals with 100 bed capacity, retail/service with 15 or less workers, and manufacturing with 10 or less workers.
"The increase covers all minimum wage earners in the private sector in NCR regardless of their position, designation, or status of employment and irrespective of the method by which they are paid," said NWPC citing provisions in NCR Wage Order No. 18.
Aside from additional pay, the order also provides that P15 of the current P30 Cost of Living Allowance (Cola) shall be integrated into basic pay starting January 1 of next year.
Excluded from the order, though, are household helpers, persons in the personal service of another, and workers of duly registered Barangay Micro Business Enterprises (BMBEs).
Also, the NWPC said exemptions from the wage order may be sought by distressed establishments, retail/service establishments regularly employing not more than 10 workers, establishments whose total assets including those arising from loans but exclusive of the land.
The pay hike is expected to take effect despite the looming appeal set to be filed by the Trade Union Congress of the Philippines (TUCP) to the Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Board – National Capital Region (RTWPB-NCR).
TUCP spokesman Alan Tanjusay said that they are still inclined to file an appeal despite their failure to meet the deadline set by the NCR wage board.
The NWPC noted that the filing of appeal shall be made not later than September 29 as the NCR Wage Order No. 18 provides for the filing of an appeal inside 10 days from publication of the order.
"Hindi naman kami natatakot na ma-dismiss dahil sa technicality dahil maiintindihan naman kami ng wage board… Appeals like this must be sound so that the wage board will listen to us," said Tanjusay.
"We are exhausting new and best possible arguments in offering our appeal. Appeals like this must be sound so that the wage board will listen to us," he added.
The group is pushing for an P85 additional pay for minimum earners in Metro Manila. (HDT/FP/Sunnex)