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P1,007 minimum wage per day sought – Labor group

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  • The Trade Union Congress of the Philippines (TUCP) filed a petition on Monday seeking to raise the minimum wage for private workers in Metro Manila to P1,007.
  • TUCP urged a P470 wage increase from P500 to P537 per day in the National Capital Region in a petition filed with the Department of Labor and Employment’s Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Board (NCR).

MANILA, PHILIPPINES – The Trade Union Congress of the Philippines (TUCP) has filed a petition to raise the minimum wage for workers in the face of the continuing rise in oil prices.

In an interview this Monday on Teleradyo, TUCP spokesperson Alan Tanjusay said that the wage hike imposed by the group on workers in Metro Manila is Php470.

It will allegedly raise the minimum wage to PHP 1,007 per day from the current PHP 537.

“Non-negotiable po ito at baka pagalitan ho tayo ng mga manggagawa,” said Tanjusay.

(It is non-negotiable, and the workers may scold us.)

Tanjusay asserted that due to the increase in commodity prices, there is very little left in workers’ wages.

“Matagal-tagal na ring walang dagdag na sahod ‘yong mga manggagawa at napakaliit na ng take-home pay,” he said.

(For a long time, those workers had no extra wages and very little take-home pay.)

The TUCP hopes that before Semana Santa, the wage board will have a decision on this.  

After the petition is filed, the wage board is expected to convene a consultation with entrepreneurs and employers and a separate meeting with workers.  

In an online press conference, Labor spokesperson Rolly Francia said their agency supported the TUCP’s proposal to increase the minimum wage in Metro Manila.

Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello believes that the current minimum wage needs to be reviewed because it is no longer enough to meet the needs of workers, Francia said.  

Bello had earlier instructed the Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Board to expedite the study on raising the minimum wage.

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