TUCP seeks a P428 minimum wage hike in Region 4-A
By Billy Begas
The Trade Union Congress of the Philippines (TUCP) on Tuesday filed a petition before the Regional Wages and Productivity Board (RTWPB) seeking to increase by P428 the daily minimum wage in Region 4-A.
TUCP said the current minimum wage in CALABARZON region is from P303 to P400 per day depending on the kind of work and establishment. The last increase was implemented four years ago.
The labor group said that the take-home pay of a minimum wage earner in the region ranges only from a meager P278.57 to P370.46 per day after the government-mandated deductions.
From these very low incomes, a paltry P11- P14 per meal can be allocated per member of the family, the group said.
“What kind of food can be bought by P14 nowadays? The wage board must act swiftly and grant our wage petition immediately to save our workers and their families from total starvation. Aanhin pa ang damo kung patay na ang kabayo?” TUCP President Raymond Mendoza asked.
Mendoza stressed that there is a need to increase the salaries to allow workers and their families to cope with skyrocketing prices of foods and commodities.
“Our workers in Region 4-A need wage adjustments now. Poverty incidence among families is in double digits particularly in Cavite at 10.8%, 10% in Laguna, and 22.1% in Quezon. Poverty rates are comparatively lower in Batangas at 7%, and in Rizal at 6.1% but still are dismal figures. These numbers translate to millions of hungry and malnourished Filipinos in the region. We cannot accept this situation to go on,” Mendoza added.
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