Solons deplore minimum wage increase

November 05, 2018

AS expected, members of the Makabayan bloc expressed dissatisfaction with the P25 increase in the daily wage, saying the “crumbs” are not enough to compensate for price hikes caused by the Tax Reform Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) package.

ACT Teachers Reps. Antonio Tinio and France Castro slammed the wage hike saying that the P25 increase for NCR is still insufficient amid the high prices of goods and services.

The solons reiterated the call of workers nationwide for a national minimum wage adjustment and the repeal of the regressive provisions of TRAIN.

“Hanggang saan aabot ang P25 ng manggagawa ng NCR sa taas ng presyo ng mga bilihin at pamasahe ngayon? This measly wage hike for one region will not be enough to compensate price hikes from TRAIN as workers all over the nation endure the price hikes of basic goods due to TRAIN 1. They are demanding a P750 national minimum wage, not loose change of P25,” Tinio said.

“The P512 minimum wage in the National Capital Region can barely cope with the increasing prices of basic goods, we can only imagine how workers from the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao fit their daily wages receiving only P262 with the nationwide effect of TRAIN 1 making the call for a national minimum wage just and timely,” he added.

The Makabayan bloc is pushing for a P750 daily wage for NCR workers.

Castro said in light of inflation hikes due to the TRAIN law, it is only just that government imposes a national minimum wage of P750.

“Among the regions with the highest recorded inflation rates in September were Bicol region with 10.1 percent and ARMM with 9 percent. These are also the regions with low minimum wage. It is about time that the government imposed a national minimum wage for our workers,” Castro said.

Anakpawis party-list Rep. Ariel Casilao also slammed the Department of Labor and Employment for approving a measly P25 wage increase for NCR workers.

Casilao stressed that considering that a big fraction of the wage increase is P10 cost of living allowance (Cola), it would appear that the actual wage increase is only P15.

He also said that P25 wage increase effects cannot be felt as prices of basic goods and services are still beyond the reach of ordinary below and minimum salary earners due to the inflation created by Train law.

Anakpawis reiterated that the demand for a significant wage increase is not for workers’ caprice, it’s for the survival of workers and their dependents.

According to Ibon Foundation, workers should receive P1170 daily as family living wage to provide for a family of six. The P750 National minimum Wage pushed by Anakpawis and the Makabayan Bloc in the lower house is in fact for immediate economic relief.