Bacolod Labor Group Seeks At Least P50 Wage Hike In Region 6

The New and Independent Workers Organization (NIWO) based in this city, has filed a petition for a daily minimum wage increase of PHP50 to PHP60 for private sector employees in Western Visayas.

The petition was submitted by labor sector representative Hernani Braza to the Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Board in Region 6 (RTWPB-6) during their meeting in Iloilo City.

NIWO, a rank-and-file union of Coca-Cola Beverages Philippines Inc.- Bacolod headed by Emmanuel Bandola, lodged the petition as the existing Wage Order No. 24 is set to expire this July 16.

At present, minimum wage earners in Western Visayas receive PHP295 to PHP365 per day, including the cost of living allowance (COLA).

Wennie Sancho, a labor representative to the RTWPB-6, said on Tuesday the group has sought a PHP50 increase for workers in the plantation and non-plantation sector and PHP60 for commercial and industrial sector workers.

“The lower purchasing power of the workers simply means that the prices of basic goods and services have increased. The lower the purchasing power, the higher should be the wage increase for them to cope with the lost value of the peso,” he said.

Sancho said the petition includes a special provision seeking a daily minimum wage increase of PHP80 for workers in Aklan’s Boracay Island.

The standard cost of living in the region’s top tourist destination is higher, he noted.

“The petitioned amount of increase is just an immediate relief for the workers. We need an increase as soon as possible,” Sancho said.

He pointed out that based on the labor sector’s computation, the needed wage increase to recover the total purchasing power reduction is actually more than PHP100 per day. (PNA)

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