Workers reiterate wage increase Print
Wednesday, 02 May 2018 13:35

By RG Antonet Go

Workers in Zamboanga Peninsula are demanding for an increase in wages due to the implementation of the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) Law, according to a labor representative.

“Nasagasaan na tayo ng train, napilay at yung iba, nagugutom na,” said Jose Suan, Worker Sector Representative, Region 9.

Suan said that although prices of commodities went up after TRAIN was implemented, the salaries of workers remained at a standstill.

The TRAIN law brought a corresponding increase in excise tax which affected petroleum products and other basic commodities.

Workers’ organizations in Zamboanga Peninsula have demanded for different rates representing the increase in wages.

Zamboanga City workers have asked for a P30 increase during last February’s wage consultation meeting among labor officials, employers and workers.

Boboy Valerio, employers sector representative, said that management is open to a wage hike for employees.

Valerio, however, said that the effects of the TRAIN and other pending bills that can affect the working sector cannot be fully ascertained at the present time.

Valerio thus said that employers think that it is best to wait for the effects of TRAIN before making a decision on the wage hike to be implemented.

Wage Order No.19 is currently still in effect.

The labor sector believes that a wage increase is in order because Wage Order No. 19 has been in effect for the past year and currently needs a review.  (RGAAGo with reports from Liza Jocson)