Palace hopes for 'acceptable' minimum wage hike ruling


Posted at Oct 28 2018 02:50 PM

Workers' groups hold a Labor Day protest in Manila on May 1, 2018. Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News

MANILA - Malacañang said Sunday it was hopeful the National Wages and Productivity Commission would approve a salary increase that is acceptable to both workers and employers.

The Associated Labor Unions-Trade Union Congress of the Philippines had insisted on a P334 minimum wage hike in Metro Manila to help workers cope with accelerating inflation. Employers proposed a P20 adjustment.

"The National Wages and Productivity Commission is now conducting public hearings between employer groups and workers and we hope a decision, which is acceptable to both parties, would be made soon," Presidential Spokesperson and Chief Presidential Legal Counsel Salvador Panelo said.

The government is doing its best to tame inflation, adding the price of rice has started to go down, he said.