P25 wage hike in NCR an 'injustice' for workers: labor group

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Posted at Nov 05 2018 12:16 PM | Updated as of Nov 05 2018 12:24 PM

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MANILA - A 25-peso minimum wage increase in Metro Manila is an injustice to workers, according to a labor group that sought a P334 hike said Monday.

The Associated Labor Unions-Trade Union Congress will file another wage hike petition "to lift the minimum wage to a desirable level" after the Department of Labor and Employment only approved a fraction of their pleaded increase, said spokesperson Alan Tanjusay.

"This is a great injustice for workers who helped build the business; this is injustice for workers who helped our economy grow," he told ANC.

While he acknowledged that a 25-peso increase would be "affordable" to micro and small enterprises, Tanjusay say it would only be a "pittance" to medium and large businesses.

The ALU-TUCP is seeking a dialogue with President Rodrigo Duterte, he said.

The increase announced on Monday will raise to a range of P500 to P537 the minimum wage across different sectors in the National Capital Region.

It will take effect 15 days from publication, according to Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello.