Labor group seeks P100 emergency wage hike

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    LABOR group Defend Jobs Philippines yesterday filed a petition with the National Wages and Productivity Commission (NWPC) asking for a P100 emergency wage relief across-the-board increase for workers.

    “Amid a national public health emergency caused by the COVID-19 pandemic that caused existence of various supervening conditions, including the rising costs of basic commodities and services; record- high inflation rate; high poverty and hunger incidence rates; reduced value of real nominal wage; massive unemployment among others, we strongly believe that a P100 emergency wage relief across-the-board increase is indeed justified and necessary,” said Defend Jobs spokesman Christian Lloyd Magsoy.

    Magsoy said the existing minimum wage rates in different regions are no longer adequate to meet the rising cost of living.

    “The current P537 minimum wage in NCR is far comparable and definitely inadequate to cope with the current Family Living Wage. The present state of minimum wage all over the country is far beyond to meet this standard,” said Magsoy.

    “Granting our workers with new round of wage increase is long overdue,” Magsoy added.

    DOLE spokesman Rolly Francia said the NWPC and the regional wage boards need to act on the petition.

    “That is their right to file petition before the wage board. It is the appropriate body of government to evaluate the merits of the petition. So, we just wait,” Francia said.

    “The wage board is definitely aware of the urgency for that petition so we just have to wait for their action,” he added.

    Under the law, the NWPC is mandated to review regional wage levels set by the Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Boards (RTWPBs).

    The RTWPBs are mandated to determine and fix the minimum wage rates applicable in their respective regions, provinces, or industries, and to issue the corresponding wage orders.