More than 40 million Filipino workers were not happy in celebrating Christmas since the salary they had received from their employers was not enough to buy their daily needs, according to the Partido Manggagawa (PM) party-list.
Wilson Fortaleza, PM spokesman, on Friday said the minimum wage of more than P12,000 in Metro Manila and less than this amount for the rest of the country are not enough because of the high cost of living in the Philippines.
The country has almost 42 million workers, according to the Department of Labor and Employment.
Fortaleza said the country’s minimum wage for workers is already too low vis-à-vis the high prices of basic commodities.
Also, according to the PM spokesman, the Aquino Administration has failed to ensure regularization of jobs of 20 million workers both in the private and government sectors.
Fortaleza pointed out that wage and employment problems are two strategic and old headaches of Philippine labor, which, he said, the government under President Benigno Aquino 3rd has failed to address since he assumed presidency on June 30, 2010.
He said he believes that the country’s labor woes will remain until after the end of Aquino’s term in June next year.