P20-wage hike offer by employers an “insult to hardworking Filipinos” – Labor group

  • Partido Manggagawa slammed the measly wage hike offered by an employer group
  • The ECOP offered a P20-daily wage hike to workers in Metro Manila
  • A labor group is petitioning for a P344 daily wage hike

A labor group called the P20-minimum wage hike offered by employers an “insult to hardworking Filipinos”; saying the measly amount would not even make a dent to the daily cost of living of families living in Metro Manila.

Image from Ka Rene Bong Magtubo’s Facebook account

Partido Manggagawa chairman Renato Magtubo called the ongoing hearings being conducted by the National Wage Board-National Capital Region as “moro-moro” or farce. He alleged that Department of Labor and Employment Secretary Silvestre Bello III and the National Wage Board have already agreed on giving the workers a P20-daily wage hike.

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Last May, the group conducted a cost of living study in Metro Manila and found out that a family of five living in the metropolis need P1,300 a day or P39,000 monthly to live decently.

“Our cost of living study is, in fact, an underestimation as it does not provide for leisure and recreation, savings or social security which should comprise 10% as a standard or for a house help which is a necessity if the government insists that both parents must work to sustain the family,” Magtubo said.

The P20 wage increase offered by the Employers Confederation of the Philippines (ECOP) is way below the P344 daily wage increase being sought by the Associated Labor Unions-Trade Union Congress of the Philippines.

Image from ECOP

As per the Inquirer, the ECOP claimed that significant pay increase being asked by the labor group could lead to the further jacking of prices of goods that could result to the closure of many business establishments and loss of jobs for thousands of workers.