The minimum wage for Metro Cebu workers is not enough to purchase the daily needs of a family of five, according to the Partido ng Manggagawa (PM).
“The wage board must be joking if it thinks it can dupe workers with an exclusionary and measly pay increase. It is an insult to the groups ALU and Living Wage Coalition which petitioned for P92 and P145 wage increases respectively,” said Dennis Derige, PM-Cebu spokesperson, in a statement.
He was referring to the decision of the Central Visayas Regional Tripartite and Productivity Board last week that business firms in the region should increase the workers’ salary by P13, raising the minimum daily wage to P353.
“PM’s own study shows that the cost of living in Metro Cebu is around P1,000 for a family of five and yet the new minimum wage adds up to only P353, which will not even buy half of the basket of goods and services,” Derige said.
Wilson Fortaleza, spokesman of PM, said the increase must be properly called “starvation wage” since it deliberately deprives the workers in Cebu the correct amount of salary increase that they deserve.