By Leslie Ann Aquino
Trade unions and workers associations under Unity for Wage Increase (or U-WIN) pushed for a an increase in minimum wage to P750 in the National Capital Region.
According to the U-WIN Alliance, the current regional minimum wage is a far cry from the P1,008 living cost for a family of five.
“What we are asking is a mere relief for the Filipino workers and their families; only to avail at least 75 percent of the daily cost of living. It is not even comensurate to our labor productivity,” Charlito Arevalo, Spokesperson for the Unity for Wage Increase Alliance, said in a statement.
Labor leaders representing U-WIN filed a wage hike petition before the Regional Tripartite Wage Board in Manila, Monday to avail of a minimum wage of P750 in the Region.
In the petition, the alliance pegged the monthly cost of a family’s expenses on food, housing, utilities and some medical expenses at P 19,400.
The minimum wage in NCR is now at P537 after a P25 basic pay increase and an additional P10 daily allowance granted in November 22, 2018. In their petition, the workers are asking for an additional P 213 hike in daily wages.
The petitioners said last year’s P25-wage hike or a 4.9-percent increase from previous levels did not even make up for the 5.5-percent inflation in the National Capital Region (NCR) for 2018.
As the Southeast Asian Games are soon to start, members of U-WIN Alliance also staged its “Run-for-Wage-Hike” edition as their symbolic action to push for a wage hike, and to tell government that it should act fast on the matter for the workers.