SC: No flip-flop on fixed pay for bus drivers

Posted at 07/13/12 11:47 AM

MANILA, Philippines - Supreme Court spokesman Gleo Guerra denied Friday that the High Court flip-flopped in its decision to recall a status quo ante order on the implementation of the fixed salary scheme for bus drivers and conductors.

Guerra said the Supreme Court merely wanted to hear the side of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) and the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) on the fixed salary scheme before making its decision.

The two agencies have 10 days to comment on the prayer for TRO of 4 bus associations.

"A flip-flop is a 180-degree turn. Hindi naman dineny yung prayer for TRO. Parang sinabi lang, teka ipagpaliban muna natin, pakinggan muna natin ang bawat panig," she told radio dzMM.

Under the fixed salary scheme, bus drivers and conductors would be entitled to wages not lower than the applicable minimum wage rate.

They will also get 12 regular holidays with pay, one rest day a week, overtime pay, night shift pay and 13th month pay. In addition, bus drivers and conductors are also entitled the normal eight hours of work a day, right to security of tenure, right to self organization and collective bargaining, and access to social welfare benefits including Social Security System, Philhealth, and Pagibig.

Bus operators have complained the fixed salary scheme could drive them to bankruptcy.