Trade union pushes for wage hike in WV

BACOLOD CITY, May 3 (PNA) -– The Philippine Agricultural, Commercial and Industrial Workers’ Union-Trade Union Congress of the Philippines (PACIWU-TUCP) has filed a petition increasing the daily wages of workers in private sector in Western Visayas.

PACIWU-TUCP filed the petition Thursday before the Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Board (RTWPB) of Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE).

The petition seek to increase the present daily wage rate by P113.57 for commercial and industrial workers, P100.46 for workers in plantations of more than 24 hectares and P96.35 for those in less than 24 hectares.

The group’s national executive vice president Ronald Esponilla said the increases represent the lost daily wage of the workers based on the computation provided under Wage Order No. RB6-20 Series of 2012.

At present, the daily wage for commercial and industrial workers is pegged at P163.43, P144.55 for plantation workers in more than 24 hectares and P138.65 for plantation workers in less than 24 hectares.

Based on computation under the wage order, Esponilla said the nominal rates should have been P277.00, P245.00, and P235.00, respectively.

Under Wage Order No. 18 series of 2010, the daily wage pay is P277 per day including the P12 emergency cost of living allowance (ECOLA).

Considering the real value of the peso, and as confirmed by the National Statistics Office (NSO) in its 2012 report, the real value of P277 rate is only P163.70, the petition read.

The NSO report further said that the P277 daily rate should be added by P113.57 to make it P390.57 just to restore the real value of the peso for the daily wage of the workers, it added.

The gap between the nominal and real wages should be closed and the lost daily wage of the workers should be recovered, otherwise the lives of the wage earners will become more miserable, it stressed.

For the last several years, particularly in 2011 and 2012, the adjustment of wages based on Wage Order No RB6-19 and 20 did not, in any manner, answer the real needs of the workers in Region 6, according to Hernani Braza, secretary general of TUCP.

Braza said the wage order granting workers with P12 daily ECOLA was good only for three months effective July 1, 2012.

The TUCP also filed petitions for wage hike of P80 for the National Capital Region and P85 for southern Mindanao last month. (PNA)


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