Labor group bats for uniform minimum wage

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Posted at May 24 2018 11:08 AM

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President Rodrigo Duterte should issue an executive order to establish a body that will standardize minimum wage rates across the country, a labor group said Thursday. 

In the current set-up, the minimum wage is adjusted by 17 regional boards based on geography. For non-agricultural workers, it is the highest in Metro Manila at P512 a day, and lowest in the Ilocos Region at P280 a day, according to the labor department's website.

"Dapat po i-abolish na ho muna natin lahat ng wage boards at magtayo na lang ng isang uniform na sahod sa buong bansa," said Alan Tanjusay, spokesperson of the Associated Labor Unions-Trade Union Congress of the Philippines (ALU-TUCP).

(We should abolish all wage boards and set a uniform minimum wage for the entire country.) 

"Iyung kahirapan dito sa Luzon ay kapareho rin sa kahirapan sa Visayas at Mindanao," he told DZMM.

(Poverty in Luzon is the same as the poverty in Visayas and Mindanao.) 

Abolishing the regional wage boards through a law may take years, the labor leader said. 

President Rodrigo Duterte, however, has yet to respond to ALU-TUCP's proposal for an executive issuance, which the group first raised last year, said Tanjusay. 

He urged the regional boards to convene in the meantime and raise the minimum wage in the face of rising consumer prices. 

DZMM, 24 May 2018