Labor group seeks P86 wage hike in Calabarzon

Posted at 03/27/12 11:57 AM

MANILA, Philippines - Labor group Trade Union Congress of the Philippines (TUCP) filed Tuesday a petition seeking an P86 hike in the basic minimum pay of workers in Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal and Quezon (Calabarzon).

The 4-page petition filed by TUCP at the Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Board-Region 4A asked for an increase in the pay of workers in Calabarzon to P423 per day from the current P337.

The group said the increase is necessary to help families meet an estimated daily expense of P809.

The petition, which comes a year after the basic pay was last adjusted, cited escalating prices of fuel, cooking gas and utilities as "supervening events" that warrant another wage hike.

Quoting government figures, TUCP said that as of December 2011, the purchasing power of the P337 daily minimum wage was only P194.12, an erosion of 42.4%.

With the recent use of base year 2006 from year 2000, the purchasing power of P337 was computed at P262.67, or a reduction of 22.06%.

In April 2010, TUCP asked the wage board to add P75 to the minimum pay in the region. However, the wage board only approved an adjustment of P17 in January 2011.

In Metro Manila, TUCP recently filed a petition for a P90 wage hike, but this was dismissed by the government.