P900 min wage for construction workers pushed
The party-list group ACTS-OFW has called for a P900-daily minimum wage for construction workers to help address a looming shortage due to migration.
“We are losing a great deal of good construction laborers to other countries that are paying up to 10 times the P537 daily minimum wage in Metro Manila,” said ACTS-OFW Representative Aniceto Bertiz III.
Bertiz cited the case of New Zealand, where Filipino construction workers are getting on average the equivalent of P5,300 (or NZ $150) as daily wage, excluding benefits.
“This is why the government has to raise substantially the floor wage for construction workers. Our sense is, many of them would prefer to stay here at home with their families, as long as they get higher pay,” Bertiz said.
“Under the law, regional tripartite wages and productivity boards may fix minimum wages per industry or economic sector, and not just along territorial lines,” Bertiz pointed out.
ACTS-OFW is not the first to openly call for higher wages for construction workers.
The chief executive officer of DMCI Holdings Inc previously said he favors a daily minimum wage between P737 to P837 for construction workers.
Higher wages for construction laborers are needed, according to DMCI president Isidro Consunji.