P21 wage hike granted to Metro Manila workers

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After the Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Board-National Capital Region (RTWPB-NCR) issued its decision on petitions for wage increase, more than six million workers in Metro Manila will get a P21 salary increase next month. This makes the minimum wage of P491 to P512.

However, the Associated Labor Unions-Trade Union Congress of the Philippines (ALU-TUCP) who wanted to increase a P184 wage, said that the P21 hike is not enough to meet the needs of minimum-wage workers.

“The P21 increase in daily wage remains insufficient for families to cope with rising prices of goods and increasing costs of goods. P21 is only 4.27% of the current P491. So it obviously did not lift workers out of poverty. Workers who helped built a high economic growth of 6.9% average gross domestic product do not deserve this very small amount,” ALU-TUCP Spokesperson Alan Tanjusay said.

Meanwhile, ALU-TUCP will be urging President Rodrigo Duterte to grant their long-standing request last April for a P500 monthly CCT-like cash voucher subsidy to minimum-waged workers to lessen the poverty.

Labor and Employment Secretary Silvestre Belo III earlier said that it will be difficlut to prove the subsidy because it will cost the government P1.3 billion a month or P15 billion a year.

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