ALU-TUCP News Release
Released: October 30, 2012
Contact: Alan A. Tanjusay 0906.410.2134
TUCP: Additional P10 of the Thirty Peso Wage Increase for Metro Workers in Effect Nov. 1
The remaining ten pesos of the 30-peso wage increase for Metro Manila workers ordered in June 3, 2012 will take effect on tomorrow November 1, Thursday.
Thus the minimum wage for metro workers would be 456 pesos for non-agricultural workers while 419 pesos for agricultural workers, the Trade Union Congress of the Philippines (TUCP) president Democrito Mendoza reminded the employers and management yesterday.
The increase was granted following the wage increase petition of P90 of Mendoza for 700,000 workers in Metro Manila on March 16, more than a month before the one-year prescribed period for filing of new wage increase took effect. The petition cited as basis for an increase the high prices of basic foods, increase in cost of services, tuition fees and liquefied petroleum gas.
The wage order also increases to 419 pesos the minimum wage for those Metro Manila workers working in private hospitals with bed capacity of 100 or less, retail/service establishments employing 15 workers or less, manufacturing establishments regularly employing less than 10 workers.
The National Capital Region of the National Wages and Productivity Board turned down the petition saying there is no supervening condition that would warrant the issuance of a new wage order. However, the wage board conducted a series of public hearing in Taguig, Manila and Quezon Cities in determining the exact amount to be increased once the 1-year prescribed period expired on second week of May 2012.
"Part of the wage order 17 implemented last June, this 10-peso increase is welcome news for minimum wage earners. The increase is in effect despite of separate appeal for reconsideration filed by Atty. Mendoza and by the Employers' Confederation of the Philippines," said Alan Tanjusay, TUCP advocacy officer.
"A Filipino family of 6 needs at least 993 pesos every day to live decent lives. We still have a long way to go," he added.
The employers group filed their motion days after wage order 17 was released citing the increase was too big. The TUCP filed an appeal citing the increase was too small. ###
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Alan A. Tanjusay, ALU-TUCP Policy Advocacy Officer
Mobile Phone: +63.906.410.2134 Landline: (63-2) 922.2575 local 122
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UP Village Diliman, Quezon City, Philippines 1101
Founded by dock workers in 1954, the Associated Labor Unions (ALU) had since been the country's pioneer in championing the ideals of free trade unionism. Along with its affiliates, partners here and abroad, and an alliance with the Trade Union Congress of the Philippines (TUCP), ALU has been steadfast advocate of the plight of the toiling masses working in various industries and sectors.
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As a pioneering unions in the Philippines, the ALU works toward ensuring the rights, interests and welfare of regular and non-regular workers and makes sure these are promoted and protected i.e. security of tenure, freedom of association and collective bargaining or collective negotiation and providing limits in the duration and renewal of employment contracts of non-regular workers to enable them enjoy the benefits accorded to regular workers. ###