PH's biggest trade union to file petition for minimum wage increase

PH's biggest trade union to file petition for minimum wage increase

PH's biggest trade union to file petition for minimum wage increase

The Trade Union Congress of the Philippines(TUCP)-Nagkaisa faction said it would file the petition for a P154 increase in daily minimum wage for private sector workers in the National Capital Region (NCR), or Metro Manila.

“[The] current minimum wage in the NCR is P481. But because of rising cost of services and increasing prices of basic goods, its purchasing power is P364 only,” TUCP-Nagkaisa spokesman Alan A. Tanjusay said in a text message yesterday.

The most recent wage order in the capital which took effect in April last year -- the law provides that the minimum wage can be raised only after a year from the last adjustment -- provided a P15 increase that took the daily minimum wage to P481 for non-agriculture workers and to P444 for those in farms, private hospitals with up to 100 beds, retail/service businesses with up to 15 workers and manufacturing establishments with less than 10 workers. TUCP-Nagkaisa had asked for a P136 raise in January last year.

Vicente R. Leogardo, Jr., director-general of the Employer’s Confederation of the Philippines and one of two management representatives in the Metro Manila’s wage board, said in a separate text that “[t]he board within 15 days from filing of petition shall conduct [a] public hearing...”

“Any party may file opposition on or before the initial hearing. Within 30 days after conclusion of [the] last hearing, the boards shall decide on the merits of the petition,” he added, declining to comment on the petition itself that will be filed today.

photo from verafiles.org

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