Workers begin 10-day countdown to wage increase

News Philippines Apr 26, 2019 at 2:59 pm

By MARYA SALAMAT
Bulatlat.com

MANILA — Days before May 1 Labor Day, the Kilusang Mayo Uno (KMU) reiterates its call for a pay hike. “Increasing the minimum wage from Php537 to Php750 will significantly lessen the gap between the current earnings and the family living wage,” the national labor center said in a statement today.

“Pres. Duterte has given concessions to US and Chinese businesses, but he has yet to grant a significant wage increase to millions of Filipino workers before Labor Day during his term,” KMU chairperson Elmer Labog said.

The KMU leader said the workers’ demand for a pay hike represented just 75 percent of the amount required to ensure a family of five can live decently. “Php750 will at least allow hard-working Filipinos to eat three meals daily,” he explained. The KMU bases their data from the study of the independent think tank IBON. It said a family of five needs to earn at least Php1,004 to live decently.

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