The country’s biggest labor federation, the Associated Labor Unions-Trade Union Congress of the Philippines (ALU-TUCP), will file today (Wednesday, May 24) a petition for an across-the-board P157 wage increase for workers in the National Capital Region.
The TUCP said the petition for wage increase was due to the rising cost of basic needs, such as electricity, water, foods and transportation.
ALU-TUCP spokesperson Alan Tanjusay said they will file the petition for Metro Manila’s private sector minimum wage earners at the office of the Regional Tripartite Wage and Productivity Boards is-National Capital Region in Malate, Manila.
Tanjusay justified their demand for a P157 increase in daily minimum wage in the NCR , saying the current wage of P491 was not enough to lift workers out of poverty.
If approved, the minimum wage in Metro Manila would be P648 a day.
The petition for an “across-the-board” increase wil benefit all workers in all industries in the NCR, Tanjusay said.
The TUCP cited the reason for the wage increase to the rising inflation—low purchasing power of the workers monthly pay, which actually is equivalent to only P315.56, way below the government’s 600-a-day estimated poverty threshold for a family to cope with the cost of living.
At present, the workers monthly basic was valued only at P9,467 a month, which should be at least P15,000 today to meet the basic food needs of a family of five based on the Food and Nutrition Research Institute (FNRI).
“All of the workers in Metro Manila should have the increase because everyone is hit by price increases,” the ALU-TUCP said.