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Bacolod City, Philippines Saturday, June 16, 2018
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‘Wage hike not enough’
BY MARK L. GARCIA

 

For a militant group in Negros Occidental, the P26.50 increase in daily wages is not enough.

Kilusang Mayo Uno Secretary-General Noli Rosales said that despite the announcement of the new wage order last week, they are still dismayed as it is still not enough, the P750 national minimum wage being proposed in Congress should be implemented instead.

Rosales said KMU is dismayed at the decision of the Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Board of Western Visayas as they were expecting that the increase will be almost half of the proposed P150 increase by the labor group.

In an interview this week, he said that the employers still won in this new wage order as the P26.50 increase in salaries is not enough for the workers as an increase in prices of goods continues.

Wage Order No. 24 of the RTWBP states that there will be an increase ranging from P13.50 to P41.50 in the daily minimum wage, including a cost of living allowance (COLA) of up to P15.

Instead of pushing for the increase, Rosales said that the workers should push for the P750 national minimum wage that was passed by the Makabayan Block in Congress through House Bill 7787.

“House Bill 7787 should be supported and the RTWPB should also be abolished as the increase is not substantial enough for the needs of minimum wage earners in the province,” Rosales said.

“There is a continuous move to increase in the prices of goods so the increase is not enough,” he said, adding that KMU plans to talk to other labor groups in the province to create a unified petition regarding this new wage order.

He also said employers should not blame only the increase of wages for the increase of production costs in their businesses but also other factors that also hiked them with the implementation of tax reform for acceleration and inclusion law (TRAIN).

Rosales said wage increase should not be the reason why business establishments will retrench employees,as they should also look at their expenses for electricity, and water, among others that were affected by TRAIN.

Apart from uniform minimum wages in the country, the abolition of TRAIN should also be pushed, as it has burdened, the workers even more, he added.

Rosales also said that KMU, together with its affiliate organizations will hold a protest at the Department of Labor and Employment-Neg .Occ. a compound in Bacolod City next week to air their sentiments on this new wage order.*MLG

 

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