JDC backs wage hike for workers PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 09 April 2012 14:17

LP-KKK Coalition chair John David Atilano Corpin (JDC) yesterday expressed pessimism that the regional wage boards tasked to study the proposed wage hikes can reach a decision on the matter in time for Labor Day (May 1, 2012).

JDC said he fully supports an increase in the salary of the thousands of workers not only in Zamboanga City but the country as a whole.

He stressed the need for salary adjustments to the employees in the private sector to help them cope with the rising cost of living.

“I believe the labor force is the backbone of our society and they should be well compensated. Without them economy will remain stagnant. The salary of our workers should be at par with other countries this is one of the reasons why many of our professionals seek greener pasture abroad because of good compensation,” JDC emphasized.

He said the wage boards usually need at least a month to come up with a decision on any salary adjustment due to some processes that need to be tackled.

To recall, labor groups had called for a wage hike to help wage earners cope with the rising cost of living. Some groups wanted P60 to P80 a day wage hike, while militant workers want P125 across the board.

Instead of a legislated wage hike, lawmakers in the House of Representatives will let the Regional Wage Board decide how much the increase in the minimum wage should be.

According to JDC, the need to increase the minimum wage is urgent however, this should be done by the regional wage boards.

At present, there is a pending bill of P125 across the board wage increase in the Lower Chamber.

“What Congress can do to help the minimum wage earners is to give them more tax deductions because it will give relief to minimum earners besides wage increase,” JDC whose advocacy is Justice, Development and Change for a peaceful and greater Zamboanga City added.

The LP-KKK Coalition city chair said the wage increase without tax break is useless since the minimum wage earners will be paying bigger withholding taxes because the tax brackets will be adjusted.

JDC called on the government to look after the welfare of the work force because they are also considered the “heroes of progress and development.” — PR