THE Trade Union Congress of the Philippines (TUCP) Central Visayas filed a P386 increase in workers’ wages on Tuesday, May 7.
The labor group cited poverty and malnutrition among workers as supervening conditions that necessitate an increase.
Raymond Mendoza, TUCP president, joined other labor officials in submitting the petition to the Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Board (RTWPB) 7.
The proposed wage hike will raise the minimum wage rate in Central Visayas to P772.
Eva Arcos, TUCP national vice president for education, said the present P386 minimum wage rate in the region cannot even support a family’s basic needs including electricity, water and food. This is even worse for a family who has to pay rent on a monthly basis.
The group said the recent increase in transport fare will be an added burden to an already distressed workforce.
Nora Analyn Demetrio-Diego, TUCP Partylist second nominee, said they are hopeful that the proposed increase will be approved or at the least half of the proposed minimum wage rate equivalent to P193.
The last wage increase for private workers in the region was in August 2018 ranging from P10 to P20. (From HBL of SuperBalita Cebu, VLA)