The Trade Union Congress of the Philippines-Nagkaisa and the Trade Union Congress Party-list asked the wage board to add P136 more to the current P466 minimum wage for workers in Metro Manila at the start of the panel’s wage review on Thursday in Pasay City.
“We have been experiencing growth in our economy but the workers who worked hard for it are wallowing in poverty. They have jobs and yet they do not benefit from the economic growth. This is unfair and grossly unjust to workers and their families. It is a social discrepancy that needs urgent attention from government and employers must take this seriously into consideration,” said Rep. Raymond Mendoza.
During the discussion, TUCP spokesperson Alan Tanjusay said the real value of the peso has gone down 35 percent due to a variety of inflationary factors, including the consumer price index, tuition fees, the recent MRT/LRT fare hike, and the impending water and electricity rate increases.
“The real value of the current P466 minimum wage is P299 only. It cannot sustain the needs of a family. As a result, many employed workers fall through the cracks and join the growing ranks of the working poor. Thus, we are asking the board to give a “living” minimum wage. We particularly appeal to employers to grant our petition,” Tanjusay said.
The board is composed of three government representatives—one each from the Department of Labor and Employment, Department of Trade and Industry and National Economic Development Authority—and two each from the labor and employers’ sectors. The review process will take about two months to come up with the lawful amount.