The demand for a P184 across-the-board daily wage increase for workers in Metro Manila will go through hard and rigorous study, Labor Undersecretary Joel Maglunsod said yesterday.
The Associated Labor Unions–Trade Union Congress of the Philippines (ALU-TUCP) has formally petitioned the Regional Wage and Productivity Board in the National Capital Region to correct disparities in basic pay and the grant of additional monetary benefits for Metro Manila workers.
“Alam naman natin na talagang maliit ang sahod ng ating mga manggagawa kaya ang mga labor groups are seeking for salary adjustment. Suportado natin ito pero dapat pag-aralan din ng mabuti kasi may epekto yan sa kabuuan. Sabi nga ni Presidente Duterte, kung dapat pag-aralan, pag-aralan,” Maglunsod said.
He added that extensive study and consultation between business, labor, and other concerned sectors are needed as the said proposed increase will give substantial relief to the workers and their families but will also have implications on the side of the business and employers.
“Ako, suportado ko talaga ang mga ipinaglalaban ng ating mga manggagawa, dahil karapatan nila na magkaroon ng sapat na sahod para sa kanilang pamilya. Ang DOLE as it stands will consider the request and tatalakayin ito sa ating Regional Wage bodies dahil under the law, ang pagtatakda ng increase ng ating mga workers ay through the Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Board,” Maglunsod explained.
The RTWPBs are mandated by law to determine and fix the minimum wage rates and structure applicable in a particular region.
The Board is composed of the DOLE regional director, regional directors of the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) and Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), and two representatives each from the worker and employer sectors as members.
The increase of minimum wage was among the major issues raised by workers during the labor dialogue with President Rodrigo Duterte on Labor Day.
END/ Abegail De Vega