The country’s largest labor federation on Tuesday assailed the Regional Wage and Productive Boards (RWPBs) of the Department of Labor and Employment for “deliberately delaying” approval of its demand for wage increase.
Alan Tanjusay, spokesman for the Trade Union Congress of the Philippines (TUCP), said his group has “received information that all wage boards nationwide are deliberately delaying verdict” about the federation’s wage hike demand because they want the new President of the Philippines to decide on the matter.
President-elect Rodrigo Duterte will officially assume the presidency on June 30.
The TUCP filed its demand for wage raise last month for various regions: P154 for workers in Metro Manila; P146 for Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal and Quezon (Calabarzon); P161 for Region 7; P168 for Region 10; P163 for Region 11; and P143 for Region 12.
Tanjusay said the federation is strongly urging “the wage boards to render decision according to their time-bound and independent mandate.”
The boards, according to him, “should adjust the wages immediately because workers’ current salary rate cannot cope with the rising cost of living.”
“The Filipino workforce is getting hungry with the measly current salary rate they are getting. If the [wage boards]want President Duterte’s attention on the matter, well, they should do it immediately,” Tanjusay said.
The RWPB of every region is composed of two representatives from the labor and business sectors and three from the executive department of the government.