Labor group asks for P88 daily wage hike in Region 10

April 15, 2013 10:34 pm 

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, April 15 –- The Trade Union Congress of the Philippines (TUCP) on Monday petitioned the Labor department and wage board in Northern Mindanao for a daily wage hike of P88 in the region.

TUCP Partylist Rep. Raymundo Mendoza, said that the daily wage increase asked by the labor sector was based on the actual studies that the current daily minimum wage of P286 is barely enough to sustain a living.

He said that the current P286 minimum wage is not a living wage as the worker’s quality of life substantially deteriorates.

TUCP executive director Eva Arcos said that statistically as of March 2013, the current daily minimum wage has a buying capacity of only P200.84.

She added that after deductions, a minimum wage earner's daily take home is only P178.97.

In a four-page petition, Mendoza and Arcos said the bases for the wage hike petition were P19.98 from the actual increase in prices between June 2011 and March 2013; P20.02 from projected seven-percent rise in community price increase; P48.00 from P2.00 per year share in Gross Domestic Regional Product and there were no increases in daily wage for many years now. (PNA)

LAP/CD/BEN BALCE/SSC

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