The implementing rules and regulations (IRR) on the new wage increase for workers in the Western Visayas are expected to be out soon, labor leader Wennie Sancho said yesterday.
Sancho, who is the labor representative to the Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Board-Western Visayas, and secretary-general of the General Alliance of Workers Associations, said the board will meet on Wednesday to finalize the IRR on Wage Order No. 25, that will grant private sector workers in the region a salary increase ranging from P15 to P30.
He added that the wage increase will take effect tomorrow.
He reiterated his appeal to employers not to wait for the IRR before implementing the wage increase since it is retroactive.
He added that the management will be held accountable for non-compliance of the new wage order.
Sancho also said they are expecting the business sector to file an appeal on the implementation of the wage order.
“We are ready to answer their appeal. But their appeal can’t restrain the implementation of the wage hike,” he said.
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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