THE Trade Union Congress of the Philippines (TUCP) filed a petition on Monday asking the regional wage board to add P88 to the daily basic pay of agricultural and non-agricultural workers in Northern Mindanao.
The continuing increases in the prices of basic commodities warrant the hike of the pay in the region. Once approved, petitioner TUCP said the daily minimum wage for workers in the region will increase to P344.
In a petition, the TUCP asked the local office of the Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Board (RTWPB) to consider the continuing increases in the prices of basic commodities triggered by a series of price hike of gas and diesel, automatic adjustments in rates of electricity, and other utilities in studying their petition.
“The level of minimum wage is needed to restore the purchasing power of workers’ wages. The said rate increase will also give them a share in the region’s economic development,” said the petition.
The consumer price index (CPI) consumed by a typical Filipino family rose from 133.1 to 142.4 requires a P19.98 additional increase, thus prompted the TUCP to seek for the regional pay hike.
TUCP party-list Representative Raymund Mendoza said this pay hike must apply to all workers.
“The petition for a wage increase is timely since there are claims that the country is experiencing a favorable economic condition,” he said in a press conference on Monday.
Mendoza said that all workers in the region, regardless of the wage they receive, have been subjected to the same prices in the market and the same increases in prices of commodities.
Labor group leader Lemuel Oliveros, president of the Rural Transit Employees Union and National Executive Board member of TUCP, hopes for a win-win solution.
Michael Mendoza, ALU-TUCP national president, hopes the National Government will approve the petition citing that many of the workers would benefit from it.
Other labor groups, who expressed support, are the Rural Transit Employees Union, Cagayan Electric Power and Light Company Employees and Labor Union, Agrinanas Development Corporation Inc. Employees Union, Del Monte Philippines Employees Union, and AWATU-TUCP.
Last year, the TUCP also petitioned for an increase of P80 to the regional board in the minimum basic pay of workers which has remained pending and the government didn’t act on it.
“If they do not act on our petition, we will be forced to hold protest actions against them,” warned Nicandro Borja, TUCP regional vice president.