Aquino orders Regional Tripartite Wage and Productivity Boards to study possibility of wage hikes

May 1, 2012 9:37 pm 

MANILA, May 1 — President Benigno S. Aquino III has ordered the Regional Tripartite Wage and Productivity Boards (RTWPBs) to step up its consultations, dialogues and studies into the possibility of granting the Filipinos’ fervent wish for added remuneration.

The President bared his instructions to the RTWPB in his speech on the occasion of the 110th Labor Day Celebration on Tuesday in Malacañang.

The President had earlier expressed apprehension at supporting the proposed P125 across the board wage increase, saying it was counter-productive and would raise prices on basic commodities and other services.

“Kaya nga po kailangan ng masusing usapan at pag-aaral sa pagtataas ng sahod, na dinadaan natin sa mga Regional Tripartite Wage and Productivity Boards. Inaapura ko na nga po ang kanilang mga konsultasyon sa mga unyon upang makapagbigay na tayo ng bagong wage order sa lalong madaling panahon,” the President said.

The Chief Executive also said that he wanted further studies into the issue of subcontracting, which he said was prone to abuse from employers.

He said that House Bill No. 4853, which addresses subcontracting, may do more harm than good as it may cause 10.3-million Filipinos to lose their jobs should the law be passed.

The President likewise said he has instructed the Tripartite Industrial Peace Council to look into this.

“Ang kailangan dito ay masusing paghimay sa kabuuang sitwasyon, kaya nga inatasan natin ang Tripartite Industrial Peace Council (TIPC) na bumuo ng consensus upang mapalawak ang konsultasyon sa usaping ito,” the President said. (PNA) dct/RMA/PCOO/ssc

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