NHA employees lit torches vs pay and benefits cut

EMPLOYEES of the National Housing Authority today lit torches along the Elliptical Road as part of their continuing protests against pay and benefits cut.

Rosalinda Nartates, CUE-NHA National President said the torches symbolizes their unwavering commitment. “It has been more than a week since we started our protest actions. In solidarity with the rest of the government employees also affected by the pay and benefits cut policy of the Aquino Administration, we too shall march on December 13 to Malacanang”.

Nartates stressed more than 1,000 NHA employees are affected by the notice of disallowances the Commission on Audit issued which meant the refund of their 2008 and 2009 benefits. This is on top of the other benefits currently withheld, delayed and slashed by the Aquino Government.

“While top executives are enjoying high salaries and other unconscionable perks and privileges, the rank and file employees are suffering from a pay way below the poverty threshold and our benefits which are supposed to augment our meager pay are still under attack”, Nartates quips.

The leader is referring to the COA’s 2011 report on government officials salaries and allowances which showed Foreign Affairs Secretary Alberto del Rosario topping the list with almost P3 million.

Nartates announced they plan to march from NHA to Mendiola on December 13.

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