P21 wage increase will not solve poverty — Labor groups

FILE PHOTO: Men at work.  Photoville International / Rodgie Cruz


MANILA, Philippines — The 21-peso wage increase approved by the wage board will be included in the October payslip of the workers on Metro Manila.

But despite the wage hike of the workers in the private sector, the Philippine Chamber of Commerce & Industry (PCCI) and Employers Confederation of the Philippines (ECOP) emphasized that this will not be sufficient to fulfill their daily needs.

“The P21.00 increase was necessary, I agree,” said PCCI honorary chairman and COO Donald Dee, “But it is a band aid solution.”

According to the said employers group, the government must give attention to lowering the prices of basic commodities, transportation and services.

Dee also explained, out of three million workers, only 300,000 will benefit from the wage increase, while those receiving above minimum will not be covered by this and small companies will not be able to impose salary increase.

According to Associated Labor Unions Trade Union Congress of the Philippines, spokesperson Alan Tanjusay,”The small amount of 21-peso minimum wage hike is not sufficient for the mounting prices of commodities.”

One of the group’s proposed measures in helping low income workers is for the government to give P500-monthly cash voucher subsidy to minimum-wage earners. — Abi Sta. Ines | UNTV News & Rescue


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