A labor leader in Negros Occidental has warned employers in the Western Visayas to implement the new wage order or they will face penalties.
Wennie Sancho, labor representative to the Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Board-Western Visayas and secretary-general of the General Alliance of Workers Associations, said yesterday that the National Wages and Productivity Commission has already published the new wage order in a newspaper on November 11.
He added that the wage increase will take effect on November 27, or 15 days after publication.
Wage Order No. 25, that was approved by RTWPB-Western Visayas on October 22, granted private sector workers in the region a salary increase ranging from P15 to P30.
“We appeal to the employers to implement the wage increase. Otherwise, there will be labor inspectors who will visit their establishments to see to it that the order is implemented. There’s a penal provision in the wage order,” Sancho pointed out.
He said the minimum wage earners have been waiting for the salary increase to materialize.
“Although it’s not substantial, it will give the workers something to get by, especially because Christmas is approaching. It will supplement their meager income,” he added.
He said the regional wage board will meet on November 21 for the formulation of the implementing rules and regulations, that is expected to be completed in a month.
He added that employers should not wait for the IRR in implementing the wage increase as it is retroactive.
Under the new wage order, workers in non-agriculture, industrial, and commercial establishments with more than 10 employees will earn at least P395 daily, or P30 higher than the previous P365.
Non-agricultural workers in establishments with 10 workers and less will have a daily minimum wage of P310 from P295, while agriculture workers will earn P315 daily, from P295.*
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