P20 minimum wage hike proposal 'demeaning', says labor group

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Posted at Oct 25 2018 10:49 AM

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MANILA - A labor group on Thursday hit the proposed P20 minimum wage hike by employers—an amount far lower than their proposed P334 increase for Metro Manila workers.

The Associated Labor Unions-Trade Union Congress of the Philippines said the P20 increase is "demeaning" for workers whose purchasing power went down amid rising inflation.

"Medyo demeaning 'yung ino-offer ng ECOP dahil alam naman natin 'yang mga negosyante na 'yan, matagal na silang kumikita," the union's spokesperson, Alan Tanjusay, told DZMM.

Tanjusay was referring to ECOP or the Employers Confederation of the Philippines who reportedly floated the proposed P20 minimum wage hike.

Employers earlier warned that excessively increasing the minimum wage may have adverse effects to them as they are also hit by the rising inflation.

But Tanjusay said the union stands by its calculations, which they claim are from government data. He also said they will continue to fight for their proposed P334 minimum wage hike.

Employers and labor leaders are set to meet and debate on the amount of the minimum wage hike on Friday for the third and final consultation of the National Wages and Productivity Commission.

"Maaasahan ninyo na magiging patas ang gagawing pag-a-analyze ng board diyan," said NWPC director Maria Criselda Sy, who will facilitate the Friday discussions.