QUEZON CITY, Philippines – Metro Manila workers will soon receive a P25 daily pay increase to their minimum wage.
The Trade Union Congress of the Philippines (TUCP) announced this on Wednesday (October 31) in a press conference in Quezon City.
ALU-TUCP Spokesperson Alan Tanjusay said the employers’ group immediately announced the decision right after the meeting with the Wage Board.
However, the labor union is not satisfied as they find the wage increase too low compared with their original pay hike request of P344 a day.
The labor group argued that in reality, they will only get P25 from the additional amount because the remaining P10 is already covering their cost of living allowance (COLA).
“Nag offer kami ng P100. Ang employers ay nag-offer ng P25. Pero noong nag-deadlock, nagbotohan. Lumabas nanalo ang P25 dahil nagkutsabaan ang employer (at) ang government representative sa wage board,” alleged Tanjusay.
With the additional amount, Metro Manila workers will receive P537 daily minimum wage once the Labor Department officially announces the pay hike. This include the P10 COLA.
But for the Employers’ Confederation of the Philippines (ECOP) said only 7% of the country’s workforce will benefit from the wage hike in Metro Manila. The group argued that even how low the wage increase would be, such as the P25, such measure still have impact on the employers’ sector.
“Mayroong mga mahihirapan. Mayroong hindi kaya iyan (so) magsasara, may magtatago, mayroon hindi magko-comply. Mayroon magda-downsize, magtataas ng presyo, mayroon naman iyong ibabawas,” explained ECOP representative Sergio Ortiz-Luis.
For his part, Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III said they have yet to receive the recommendation adding that he might announce the final amount of wage increase by Monday.
“Iyan ang sinasabi ko nga wala pang formal report coming from the Board. Kung meron mang ganung news ay baka leak yan ng mga members ng board pero officially wala pang sinasabi,” clarified Bello.
The TUCP, however, will appeal the new decision, and if necessary, they will file for another petition next month to seek for another pay increase especially because of the rising inflation. – Rey Pelayo / Marje Pelayo