TUCP files petition for P86 wage hike in CALABARZON

March 28, 2012 12:59 am 

MANILA, March 27 – The Trade Union of the Philippines (TUCP) on Tuesday has filed a petition at the wage board requesting the regulatory body to add P86 to the basic minimum pay in Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal and Quezon provinces (CALABARZON).

The current minimum pay for workers in CALABARZON is P337 pesos. If the wage board approves the petition, the minimum pay in the region would be raised to P423.

The four-page petition filed by TUCP president Atty. Democrito “Kito” Mendoza at the Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Board-Region 4A (RTWPB-Region IV-A) in Calamba City said the petition was filed more than 1 year after the minimum was adjusted to 337 pesos.

The petition also cited as supervening series of events:the continuing increases in the prices of basic commodities triggered by a series price hike of gas and diesel, LPG, automatic adjustments in rates of electricity and other utilities in the region as a consideration for an increase.

As of December 2011, the purchasing power of the latest P337 daily minimum wage was only P194.12, an erosion of 42.4 percent.

With the recent use of base year 2006 from year 2000, the purchasing power of P337 was computed at P262.67, an erosion of 22.06 percent.

Mendoza said that the P86 wage hike proposal was arrived at by factoring in the increases of prices of basic commodities and services since February 2011 to February 2012, projected increases of basic commodities and basic services from March 2012 to December 2012, and equity supplement or two pesos per year since 1989 as workers share from the profits the companies in the region made through the years.

Government data showed that a few months after the wage adjustment in the region on January 2011 or between February 2011 and February 2012,the consumer price index or CPI in areas outside Metro Manila rose from 126.1 to 129.7 or the equivalent of 2.9 percent.

This 2.9 percent increase requires P9.77 (P337 current minimum wage x 0.029= P9.77).

Also, the government agencies estimated a nine percent increase in consumer prices as a result of the further prices of oil, LPG, automatic price adjustments in electricity 10 months ahead.

Therefore, the wage board should also decide to add another P38.34 to the current minimum pay (P337 minimum wage x .09= P30.33).

The TUCP also asked the wage board for a mere 2 pesos per day share of the growth in gross regional domestic product (GRDP) for the past 23 years since 1989 as equity supplement which is equivalent to 46 pesos (2.00×23 years= P46).

Overall, the TUCP is asking the board to add a mere P86 pesos to the minimum basic pay of workers working in CALABARZON (P9.77 +P30.33 pesos+ P46= P86).

In April 2010, the TUCP petitioned the wage board to add P75 into the minimum pay. But the wage board approved only P17 in Jan. 15, 2011. (PNA)



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