Board checks need for wage in­crease

The Freeman - - NEWS - — Mitchelle L. Palaub­sanon/KBQ

The Re­gional Tri­par­tite Wages and Pro­duc­tiv­ity Board in Cen­tral Visayas (RTWPB-7) is need­ing more data to es­tab­lish the pres­ence of su­per­ven­ing con­di­tions that would war­rant the P145.10 per day wage hike filed by four la­bor or­ga­ni­za­tions.

Cyril Ti­cao, RTWPB-7 chair­man, said the pe­ti­tion­ers and the Philip­pines Statis­tics Au­thor­ity-7 have pre­sented var­i­ous data dur­ing their meet­ing yes­ter­day.

The De­part­ment of En­ergy-7, on the other hand, will present its data on the oil prices on Mon­day.

"We will de­clare first that there are su­per­ven­ing con­di­tions based on the data pre­sented be­fore we will en­ter­tain the pe­ti­tion," Ti­cao said.

These su­per­ven­ing con­di­tions in­clude the un­sta­ble oil prices, the in­crease in the prices of ba­sic com­modi­ties, the re­duc­tion of the pur­chas­ing power of the peso, and the im­pend­ing hike in the trans­porta­tion fare, among oth­ers.

RTWPB needs to de­clare a su­per­ven­ing con­di­tion first be­fore it can take ac­tions on the pend­ing pe­ti­tions for wage in­crease be­cause of the one year pe­riod pro­hi­bi­tion.

Wage boards are pro­hib­ited to is­sue wage or­der within one year from its last wage or­der un­less there is a su­per­ven­ing con­di­tion.

A P13 daily wage hike was just im­ple­mented last March 10 as con­tained in Wage Or­der No. 20. The min­i­mum wage for the re­gion is now P366.

The P145.10 wage hike pe­ti­tion was filed by the Cebu La­bor Coali­tion, Lon­bisco Em­ploy­ees Or­ga­ni­za­tion, Me­taphil Work­ers Union and Union­bank Em­ploy­ees As­so­ci­a­tion for another round of wage in­crease. APL is a mem­ber of the Cebu La­bor Coali­tion.

The in­crease is in­tended for all the work­ers in the non-agri­cul­tural and agri-cul­tural sec­tors all over Cen­tral Visayas.

In their eight-page pe­ti­tion, the pe­ti­tion­ers said that since then, there have been su­per­ven­ing con­di­tions “that war­rant and jus­tify a re­view of the wage struc­ture and the is­suance of a new wage or­der.”

Me­tu­dio Be­larmino, spokesper­son of CLC, ear­lier said the pres­ence of su­per­ven­ing con­di­tions is very clear, based on their com­pu­ta­tion.

“The work­ers will face higher prices of goods and ser­vices once the Tax Re­form for Ac­cel­er­a­tion and In­clu­sion will be im­ple­mented. Real wages fall­ing, higher taxes im­mi­nent,” part of the pe­ti­tion read.

The pe­ti­tion added it is time for Re­gion 7's wage board to eval­u­ate its “fail­ure” to pro­vide sub­stan­tial and sig­nif­i­cant wage in­crease for work­ers.

Ear­lier, Glenn Soco, pres­i­dent of the Man­daue Cham­ber of Com­merce and In­dus­try, said the coun­try is con­sid­ered one of the most ex­pen­sive places to do busi­ness in Asia.

He called on busi­nesses to re­main com­pet­i­tive to achieve their growth tar­gets, which will even­tu­ally re­dound to bet­ter wages, in­come, and op­por­tu­ni­ties for the peo­ple.

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