No across-the-board salary increase as P125 wage hike demand still under study — Abad

May 1, 2012 9:37 pm 

MANILA, May 1 — Budget Secretary Butch Abad on Tuesday said there will be no across the board salary increase as the government is still studying the P125 wage hike demand of labor groups.

Abad made the announcement during the Labor Day celebration at the historic Chino Roces Bridge (formerly Mendiola) before a throng of labor groups.

"Naatasan po kami ng Pangulo na makipagusap sa inyo tungkol sa mga interes, problema at rekomendasyon na gusto ninyong ipahayag sa ating gobyerno. Pagaaralan ng Pangulo ang mga ito para gawan ng kaukulang aksyon," Abad told labor groups.

Labor coalition Nagkaisa! has submitted a letter to the President asking him to end contractualization and to grant a 90-peso wage increase in the National Capital Region and other pending increases in all regions.

Labor Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz earlier said petitions for salary increase in the NCR will be tackled on May 26 or a year after the last round of increases was implemented.

She however asked the NCR Regional Tripartite Wage and Productivity Board to fasttrack its public consultation on the wage increase petition so it can "act fast towards making a decision" after May 26. (PNA) DCT/jmc/utb

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