‘Two-tier wage scheme won’t increase wages’

LABOR center Kilusang Mayo Uno (KMU) slammed the two-tier wage system being readied by the Department of Labor and Employment (Dole), saying the scheme is only meant to show that the Aquino government is doing something on the issue of workers’ wages while refusing to substantially increase wages.

Labor Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz disclosed that her office is preparing the implementation of the two-tier wage system in time for this year’s Labor Day celebration.

The scheme will impose a mandatory regional floor wage and an additional productivity pay for workers that will be implemented on a voluntary basis.

“The two-tier wage scheme is the Aquino government’s sorry attempt to show that it is doing something on the issue of workers’ wages while actually refusing to substantially increase wages,” said Roger Soluta, KMU secretary-general.

“If the Aquino regime is serious in increasing workers’ wages, it has a concrete option: to certify as urgent and pass House Bill 375 proposed by Anakpawis Rep. Rafael Mariano which aims to legislate a P125 across-the-board increase in workers’ minimum wage nationwide,” he added.

The labor leader also said that a substantial wage increase is becoming even more urgent amidst the rising prices of basic commodities and impending increases in transportation costs.   D’Jay Lazaro

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