Business groups in Western Visayas have assured workers in the region that they will implement the new wage increase, business leader Frank Carbon said yesterday.
Carbon, chief executive officer of the Metro Bacolod Chamber of Commerce and Industry, said the management did not file an appeal on the new wage order.
They were given 10 days to file their appeal with the National Wages Productivity Commission after the new wage order was published in a newspaper on November 11.
Wage Order No. 25, that took effect Tuesday, will grant private sector workers in the region a salary increase ranging from P15 to P30.
“We will comply. We can afford the wage increase. What we are seeking is the reclassification of the employee’s bracket, as it should be based on the number of employees,” Carbon said.
He said they are appealing to the management of medium and large corporations to comply with the implementation of the increase. “We are also asking them to actually add more to the salary increase,” he added.
He said the wage hike will also improve job opportunities and the economy.
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 the implementing rules and regulations on the new wage increase for workers in Western Visayas were already forwarded to Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III yesterday.
He reiterated his call to the employers to implement the salary increase since 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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