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.