Expedite hearings and deliberations on workers pay hike petitions — PNoy

MILITANT labor groups pressed yesterday their demand for a P125 across-the-board wage increase as they rejected President Aquino’s Labor Day package of non-wage benefits as merely temporary solutions.

These are President’s offer of increased benefits from Pag-IBIG, PhilHealth, Social Security System (SSS) and Government Service Insurance System (GSIS).

From all indications their demand for P125 pay hike for everybody in the private sector will be rejected by wage boards now hearing their petitions. But definitely there will be pay increase for workers in the amount lower than the militants are pushing.

But for the 1.1 million government workers and officials the third tranche of their pay hike pursuant to the Standardization Law III (SLL.III) will start on June 1, or a month ahead of schedule, it was earlier announced by President Aquino.

Under the rules of minimum wage fixing, a public hearing is necessary in any petition to adjust the minimum wage. After the hearing, the wage board would deliberate on how much and in what form the wage increase would be.

It is for this reason President Aquino has ordered wage boards to expedite their hearings and deliberations on the exact amount of wage increase should be in time for the coming school year enrollment.

The whole world  is in a happy mood today after President Barack Obama announced to the American people and to the world that the US has conducted an operation in Pakistan that killed Osama bin Laden, the leader of Al-Qaeda, and a terrorist who’s responsible for the murder of thousands of innocent men, women and children.

Also, it was nearly 10 years ago the worst attack on the American people was master-minded by Osama bin Laden in what is now known as 9/11 terror attack. Hijacked planes cut through the twin towers in New York collapsing to the ground and killing 3,000 people.

The killing of bin Laden in a covert US operation was also hailed by world leaders and American allies as a victory for justice that will bring great relief to the world.

As this developed, President Aquino ordered yesterday the military and police to be on full alert and ready for retaliatory attacks in the aftermath of the killing of bin Laden.

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