Protesta para sa dagdag-sahod ng mga kawani, nakaamba

GOVERNMENT employees from various agencies are set to stage a big rally on Wednesday in Malacanang to press for a P6,000 increase in the minimum pay for the country’s 1.4 million employees.

During the press conference of  Wage Fight, an alliance of various public sector workers for a substantial salary adjustment, Rose Nartates, COURAGE Secretary General announced employees from the National Housing Authority, Department of Agriculture and its attached agencies, National Food Authority, Metro Manila Development Authority, Department of Social Welfare and Development, National Printing Office, Department of Trade and Industry, Senate of the Philippines and  Judiciary Employees of the Philippines are set to join the rally from UST Espana to Mendiola. They will be met there by the members of the Alliance of Health Workers and Alliance of Concerned Teachers.

“This rally is to remind the President that the state workers need a significant wage increase and not another wage freeze. The leader is referring to their demand for a P6,000 increase in the minimum pay as opposed to the new proposal for another Salary Standardization Law.

“The SSL 3 effectively doubled the President’s and other high government officials’ salary, those at the lower levels, the majority of public servants and those who much needed a pay raise, received only a pittance, spread over a period of four years.

The state employees will no longer accept another SSL that would effectively freeze anew our salaries for the next four years”, Nartates stressed.

“The P6,000 increase in the minimum pay demand addresses the need to make the minimum pay closer to the cost of living which now amounts to P30,000 a month”.

Nartates assailed the proposed Salary Standardization Law 4 as another deceptive scheme that will eventually freeze employees’ salaries.

“While it incorporates the P6,000 minimum pay increase demand, the proposal is again on an installment basis and spread over a period of four years thereby effectively freezing our pay.”

COURAGE and Wage Fight rally on July 11 is said to be just a kick-off to their nationwide rally on  the State of the Nation Address of Pnoy on July 23.

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