Labor group may seek another wage hike in Dec or Jan

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Nov 12 2018 11:23 AM | Updated as of Dec 16 2019 12:35 PM

Construction workers use jackhammers to demolish a building in Manila, December 11, 2017. Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News/file

MANILA - The country's largest labor group said Monday it would likely seek another minimum wage increase in December or January, following a P25 hike in Metro Manila.

Instead of appealing the P25 hike, which was below its P334 petition, the Associated Labor Unions-Trade Union Congress of the Philippines will file a fresh petition for a P315 to P350 increase, said its spokesperson, Alan Tanjusay.

The petition will cite the "extraordinary" and "consistent" rise in consumer prices, he told radio DZMM. There is no guarantee that there will be additional rollbacks in oil prices, he said.

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Tanjusay also renewed ALU-TUCP's call for President Rodrigo Duterte to approve a monthly food voucher of P500 for minimum wage earners nationwide.

"Kailangan talaga naming itulak ito dahil kulang iyung ibinigay ng regional wage board, ng mga negosyante," he said.

(We need to push this because the pay hike granted by the regional wage board and businessmen is not enough.)

The labor department endorsed the proposal to Duterte in June but at a lower amount of P200.

Duterte's advisers are still studying the subsidy's potential impact on the economy, said Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello in a separate DZMM interview.

Bello said he would follow up the issue with Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez later on Monday.