Sun.Star Davao

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.

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