Labor group pushes P125 pay hike

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Monday, December 16, 2013

ON THE heels of the massive power rate hike in Metro Manila, labor group Kilusang Mayo Uno (KMU) challenged the government to approve the proposed P125 pay increase to prove that it also cares for the workers and not just the capitalists.

According to the labor group, the government needs to show that it is also pro-worker by allowing them to earn more and keep in step with the increases in the prices of basic goods.

"The Aquino government has consistently upheld the interests of big capitalists over the interests of workers," KMU chairman Elmer Labog said.

"The recent price surge that the Aquino government has been pushing for will make workers’ families even poorer and hungrier. The price surge must be stopped and a P125 across-the-board wage hike must be approved immediately," he added.

Labog said the best way to do it is by having the P125 across-the-board wage increase bill passed.

AnakPawis party-list Representative Fernando Hicap has already re-filed the P125 Wage Hike Bill or House Bill 253.

In the coming months, the Manila Electric Company is set to raise electricity rates by more than P4 per kilowatt hour. (HDT/Sunnex)

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