Cebu workers group refiles minimun wage hike petition

CEBU CITY - A workers group in Cebu took advantage of the season of giving to have their wages raised as they field anew a petition for a P128.60 across-the-board increase in daily wages.
Cebu Labor Coalition (CELAC) said they is hoping that members of the Regional Tripartite Wage and Productivity Board will decide in favor of the workers and approve their petition. But RTWPB members will be able take up the petition only next year.
The group first filed their petition last October but their petition was returned to them because of some technical problems like lack of signatures from the petitioners and computation attachments.
They filed their petition again Tuesday, a few days before Christmas.
Boboy Belarmino, CELAC spokesperson, said that they are hoping the RTWPB can take up their petition before the Christmas vacation. He said that the season for giving may have a good effect on the board’s decision.
But Elias Cayanong, Department of Labor and Employment regional director and RTWPB chairman, said he has not yet seen the petition that was reportedly re-filed.
Cayanong said that they will take it up as soon as they resume their session first week next year. He said that the board has already gone on recess. He assured, however, that it will be one of the things they will take up on their first meeting for 2010.
Belarmino said he is counting on the assurance of Cayanong that they will be given priority next year. He said that listening to the needs of the workers is a good way to start a new year.
Cayanong said that they will first check if CELAC was now able to comply with the deficiencies stated previously. He also said that they will have to evaluate the petition. The petition must reportedly go to the process of studying the trends in cost of living, cost of money, market and employment conditions.
CELAC with nine member labor groups justified their P128.60 across-the-board daily wage adjustment on 11 grounds: insufficient increases from the past, the reduction of the purchasing power of the peso, unstable oil price, basic commodities hike, Consumer Price Index, inflation rate, R-VAT and hike in taxes, globalization effects, transportation fare increase, and water and electric rate increases.
The coalition of labor groups said that the present P267 minimum daily wage is way below the P867 per day living wage as determined by the National Economic Development Authority.
as of 12/24/2009 1:01 AM
(ABS-CBN News Central Visayas)

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