MANILA, Philippines - Labor group Trade Union Congress of the Philippines (TUCP) will file next week its petition for a P90 increase in the daily minimum wage in NCR, Calabarzon and Region 3.
This amid a 12% rise in the consumer price index, the spate of oil price increases and impending increases in transport fares and tuition.
TUCP advocacy officer Alan Tanjusay said the current minimum wage is not enough.
"Kulang na kulang. For example in NCR, it's P426 a day, that's only P12,780 a month and 11% of that pumupunta sa kuryente, gastusin sa pagkain, tubig, LPG," he told ANC Dateline Philippines on Saturday.
"Last year, nung nagfile kami na ang dahilan ay supervening event, ang pagtaas ng consumer price index ay 10%. Ngayon umaabot na ng 12%. Ang nangyayari po ay isang supervening event," added TUCP operations officer Francis Valois.
But the Employers Confederation of the Philippines (ECOP) said the series of fuel price hikes does not warrant a wage hike.
ECOP President Edgardo Lacson said inflation is currently only less than 4%.
"[The filing of the wage hike petition], it's becoming a habit. We have now trivialized the supervening event condition. 'Pag umulan lang nang malakas, supervening event na," he argued. - With ANC