Industrial peace, higher wages prevail under PGMA

April 30, 2010 8:22 pm 

MANILA, April 30 — Deputy Presidential Spokesperson Charito Planas today said the country achieved industrial peace, thus opening more jobs, increased investment and economic progress during the 9-1/2 years of President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo.

In a press briefing at Malacanang, Planas also cited that wage adjustments under the Arroyo administration have increased the daily minimum daily wage in the National Capital Region to P382 from P250 in 2001, to P210 from P140 in the Autonomous Mindanao Region, and to P320 from P208 in the Southern Tagalog region (Region IV-A).

Labor strikes have also declined from the 1,846 recorded during the term of President Corazon Aquino, 617 during President Ramos, 231 in the first two years of President Estrada and 173 strikes under the 9-1/2 years of the Arroyo administration, Planas said.

Labor unrest during the past three years have been on steady decline, from the six incidents reported in 2007 to five in 2008, four in 2009 and nothing yet for the first four months of 2010, Planas added.

Planas said the President met recently with labor union leaders and told them that their request for wage increases came a bit late for the Regional Wage Boards (RWBs) to be approved in time for the May 1 Labor Day celebration on Satuday.

As to whether the wage increases are still possible, Planas said the President will rely on the decision of the wage fixing authority, the wage boards, “but I am sure they will come up with some announcement before June 30, 2010.”

On non-wage benefits, Planas said these would all depend on the ability of the companies to provide their workers with such privileges. “Some give rice incentives, some grant easy term loans, and others provide cash grants in exchange for unused leaves. These depend on the companies’ capabilities to grant such non-wage benefits,” Planas said.

Planas said the industrial peace that the country enjoyed under the Arroyo administration resulted in more investments in the country, increased employment and livelihood opportunities, and better benefits to the workers. (PNA)

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