Workers call for P125 Wage Hike Bill’s passage

ONE week before Congress resumes sessions, labor center Kilusang Mayo Uno called on the House of Representatives today to immediately pass a bill that would legislate a P125 across-the-board wage hike for the country’s workers.

KMU said workers need Congress to legislate a significant wage hike for them to cope with rising prices, saying the country’s regional wage boards have approved meager wage increases since their creation in 1989.

“We are calling on Congress to immediately pass the P125 Wage Hike Bill. Workers need immediate relief from soaring prices, including price increases under the Aquino government,” said Elmer “Bong” Labog, KMU chairperson.

KMU cited increases in power and water rates, toll fees, sin taxes, payments for government documents as approved by Administrative Order No. 31, and in premium contributions to PhilHealth, as well as the proposed MRT-LRT fare increase, SSS premium hike, and text tax.

KMU also cited an April 2012 study of independent think-tank Ibon Foundation showing the minimum wage decreasing in proportion to the Family Living Wage, from 52 per cent in 2001 to 43 per cent in 2011.

Luzon-wide consultation

The House Committee on Labor and Employment, led by Northern Samar Rep. Emil Ong, has agreed to subject the P125 Wage Hike Bill, or House Bill 375 filed by Anakpawis Partylist Rep. Rafael V. Mariano, to a Luzon-wide consultation on Jan. 18, in Baguio City.

After the said consultation, which is the last for the bill, a committee report on the bill can be finalized and the bill can be forwarded to the House plenary for possible deliberation and voting.

“We are glad that regional consultations for the P125 Wage Hike Bill will soon be over. In the coming weeks, we will push Congress to deliberate and vote on this most crucial of bills,” Labog said.

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