NCR wage hike deliberations will be 'fair,' says labor official

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Oct 25 2018 03:30 PM | Updated as of Nov 05 2019 02:19 PM

Laborers put sealant on the marble tile of the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) building in Pasay on Tuesday. Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News

MANILA -- Deliberations on a petition to raise the minimum wage in the National Capital Region will be fair, a labor official said Thursday, as workers and employees groups disagreed on the size of the adjustment.

The Associated Labor Unions-Trade Union Congress of the Philippines is insisting on a P334 increase, branding as demeaning the P20 offer from an employers' group.

The Regional Tripartite Wage and Productivity Board will hold a public consultation on Friday, where both sides will be present, National Wages and Productivity Commission Executive Director Maria Criselda Sy told DZMM radio. 

The board has to "balance" considerations such as the poverty threshold, the capacity of employers to pay and inflation impact on the purchasing power.

"At the end of the day the most important consideration is that we are we able to provide a social protection mechanism that really respond to the requirement of our workers without impairing the capacity of our employers because they are the engine of growth of the economy," Sy said.

"Maasahan po ninyo na patas ho ang magiging pag analyze ng board dyan and sila naman ay binibigyan natin ng technical inputs na makakatulong sa kanilang pagdedesisyon base sa mandate nila," she added. 

(You can be sure that the board's analysis will be fair. We are giving the board technical inputs to help them decide based on their mandate.)

In a separate interview, Employers Confederation of the Philippines (ECOP) acting president Sergio Ortiz-Luis Jr said a wage hike could force small businesses to cut costs or to cease operations.

"Anong gagawin natin sa maliliit? Maraming magsasara, maraming magbabawas," he said. 

(What will the small players do? Many of them might close down or cut costs.)

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