A labor leader in Negros Occidental slammed the National Wages and Productivity Commission for its alleged “delayed action” on the new wage order for Western Visayas.
The new wage order that was approved on October 22 grants private sector workers in the region a salary increase ranging from P15 to P30.
But for Wennie Sancho, labor representative to the Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Board-Western Visayas and secretary-general of the General Alliance of Workers Associations, the labor sector was “frustrated” because the NWPC has yet to review the order.
It was submitted to NWPC three weeks ago for review, but it has not yet acted on it, he said. “They have no power to reverse or block the order,” he added.
He said they are urging the NWPC to expedite the review so the new wage order can be published by November 15, so it will be effective on December 1, or 15 days after publication in a newspaper of regional circulation.
“We are hoping that the new wage increase can be implemented on December 1, just in time for Christmas,” Sancho said.
He also said they will write to the NWPC, requesting that the long-awaited wage order be expedited.
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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