P80 pay hike in Davao Region sought

Subscribe Now April 10, 2013 at 10:27pm

A labor group is asking the Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Board (RTWPB) in Davao Region to increase the minimum wage of workers in the region by P80.

In its petition filed in Davao City, the Trade Union Congress of the Philippines (TUCP) asked the regional wage board to adjust the minimum wage to P381 citing the actual lower buying capacity of the basic salary.

"There is a need to grant an P80 wage increase to help restore the purchasing power of the workers' wages in Region 11 and to give workers a fair share in the region's economic development," said the TUCP.

Eva Arcos, TUCP national vice president for education, said another reason to grant the petition is because the current minimum wage in the region of P301 only has a buying capacity of P216.24.

"A minimum wage earners' daily take home pay is pegged at P266.66 after deductions of SSS, PhilHealth and Pag-Ibig contributions and the withholding tax," Arcos said.

The TUCP also stressed that the amount they are asking to the regional wage board is not baseless.

Based on TUCP’s computation, P13.09 is from the actual increase in CPI; P19.57 from the projected change in the cost of living especially with the expected repercussions of the power crisis in Mindanao, with P2-4/kwh increase in power rates, increasing tuition fees, transport fares, health care costs and the inflationary effects of election spending; and P48 from the P2/year share in GRDP since 1989 that there were no increases in real wage.

Last year, the RTWPB approved Wage Order XI-17 mandating a P15 increase in cost of living allowance to all minimum wage earners in the private sector, with P5 effective January 1, 2012 and P10 effective May 1, 2012

This was despite TUCP asking for a P75 pay increase. (HDT/Sunnex)

Source: sunstar.com.ph

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