ALU-TUCP urged Duterte to increase pay in Metro

from November 5, 2018 01:00 am to November 5, 2018 01:00 am


President Rodrigo Duterte was urged on Friday by a labor group to use his political will and stand up for workers by setting a P100 minimum wage adjustment in Metro Manila.

Days before Labor Secretary Silvestre Belo III announces the pay rise for minimum wage workers in the National Capital Region (NCR), the Associated Labor Union-Trade Union Congress of the Philippines (ALU-TUCP) called on the President to intervene and increase the reported P25 increase to a P100 wage adjustment.

“We are appealing to President Duterte’s kind-hearted ‘malasakit’ to please spare a portion of your presidential powers in favor of the working class by raising the recent ‘unofficial’ and measly P25 daily wage increase to at least P100 a day,” ALU-TUCP spokesperson Alan Tanjusay said.

Tanjusay said that although this is only one-third of their proposed P344 increase for the minimum wage workers, the P100 increase could help the workers and their families to “temporarily tide things over and get by through the hardship” brought about by the high inflation rate.

NCR workers currently has the highest minimum wage in the country at P512. ALU-TUCP’s estimates show, however, that its value has since eroded to just P340.