The memorandum from the Office of the President directing all presidential appointees to resign could affect the approval of a wage increase for Western Visayas and Negros Occidental , Wennie Sancho, General Alliance of Workers Association secretary-general, said yesterday.
That is because the labor and management representatives on the Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Board that decides on wage hike petitions are presidential appointees, said Sancho who sits as labor's representative in the Western Visayas RTWPB.
Labor groups are asking that the Western Visayas RTWPB includes Negros Occidental, which was formerly part of WV, in its wage hike decisions. That is because a RTWPB has yet to be created for the Negros Island Region, which Negros Occidental is now a part of, Sancho said.
Sancho said the proposal for P11.50 wage hike might not even make it to final consultation if the presidential appointees on the RTWPB have to resign.
The Office of the President issued the Memorandum Circular Number 4, series of 2016 – signed by Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea – directing all presidential appointees to tender their unqualified courtesy resignations within seven calendar days.
The circular was then reiterated in another memorandum issued by the Department of Labor and Employment and the National Wages and Productivity Commission, he said.
“We are asking for the president to let the wage increase consultation be over before acting on the resignations (of appointed officials),” he said.
If the salary increase petition in Region 6 will be set aside, there will be no chance for the workers in Negros Island to file for the same proposal since the Negros Island Region still has no wage board, he said.
Since there is an ultimatum, the RTWPB – 6 management and the labor representatives will submit their courtesy resignations, Sancho said.
Region 6 and Neg. Occ. are not the only ones under this dilemma, he said, the labor sector in Cebu which is applying for salary increase is also affected.
It is not certain whether the last WV wage increase consultation will be conducted in Aklan in September, as the resignations are due within this week.*KBC
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