The Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Board should make an impact evaluation on the economic situation of the workers who returned to work under the new normal, local labor leader Wennie Sancho said.
Sancho, secretary-general of the General Alliance of Workers Associations and labor representative to RTWPB, said yesterday that he raised these concerns in a meeting with the Board, which should also conduct an evaluation on management, “considering the altered working environment with 50 to 70 percent operational capacity and the effects on the sustainability of their business vis-à-vis the assurance of their workers’ continuity of employment.”
He said there is a need to know what types of flexible working arrangements are applied under the new normal, how many workers were retained in Western Visayas, and what support will the government give to those who lost their jobs.
“Wage subsidies should be operationalized to support both labor and management. Government vehicles should also be utilized to transport workers to their workplaces if their employers cannot afford to hire a shuttle bus or vehicles for them,” Sancho said.
He said tripartite consultations should be conducted by the National Wages Productivity Commission to revise programs and enable the RTWPBs to make interventions in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic and its impact on wage and productivity.*
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