Minimum wage ruling set next month: board

The Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Board (RTWPB) XI is expected to come up with a decision within 30 days on the review of the minimum wage in the region.

According to RTWPB XI, the regional board will conduct a deliberation before deciding on whether or not to increase the minimum wage of the workers in the region. The decision is expected to be released about a month after the public consultation.

The public consultation was conducted on June 6 at Grand Men Seng with different stakeholders including employer representatives, labor groups, and other sectors.

Under the guidelines of National Wages and Productivity Commission, the regional board “shall decide on the merits of the petition, and where appropriate, issue a wage order establishing the regional minimum wage rates to be paid by employers which shall in no case be lower than the applicable statutory minimum wage rates.”

RTWPB XI’s review started early this year.

President Rodrigo R. Duterte also ordered the regional wage boards to convene and discuss possible wage increases as inflation has continued to rise, and has taken a toll on low-income earners.

Maria Lourdes D. Lim, vice chair of RTWPB XI and regional director of National Economic and Development Authority XI, said earlier that they are the assessing the current minimum pay as there is now an inflationary movement that pushed up the prices of basic commodities.

Data from Philippines Statistics Authority XI bared that the inflation rate grew 4.3% in April from the 4.1% in January to March.

“We will look into the minimum wage and see how to catch up with the inflationary movement,” Lim said.

The last wage order issued by the RTWPB XI was in December 2016, which imposed minimum wage rate of P340 to non-agriculture and retail and service with over 10 workers, P335 to agriculture sector and P325 to retail and service with less than 10 workers.

On March 26, the Associated Labor Unions-Trade Union Congress of the Philippines also petitioned to RTWPB XI to increase the minimum wage by P104. The labor organization requested that it should be across the board. (KMF)

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