Metro Manila Minimum Wage Increase Petition Junking “Unfair”, TUCP Says

RTWPB Junks Petition Seeking for Metro Manila Minimum Wage Increase by P470

METRO MANILA MINIMUM WAGE – TUCP said the junking of the petition seeking to raise the minimum daily salary in Metro Manila is “unfair”.

A lot of Filipinos are financially struggling now in trying to make ends meet. Many people lost their jobs or a part of their income amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Many businesses and companies failed to stay afloat amid the impacts of the crisis.

For weeks if not for months, several businesses were restricted from operating amid strict community quarantine measures. Even the essential businesses had to abide by the limited operations and adapt to flexible working schemes amid the challenges of the new normal setting.

Currently, there is another thing that affects a lot of people – the series of oil price increases since January. Amid the financial struggles of a lot of people, the Trade Union Congress of the Philippines (TUCP) filed a petition seeking an increase in the Metro Manila minimum wage or daily salary.

Metro Manila Minimum Wage
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Based on a report on Inquirer, the TUCP called for a P470.00 increase in Metro Manila minimum wage (daily) raising the minimum daily salary from Php 537.00 to Php 1,007.00. However, the said petition filed at the Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity (RTWPB) was junked by the wage body.

According to RTWPB, the move to increase the Metro Manila minimum daily wage is beyond their Board’s jurisdiction citing that their function is the fixing and determination of the minimum salary in the region. Based on the report, the TUCP finds the junking of the petition “unfair”.

According to TUCP, the RTWPB allegedly chose to ignore the computations and arguments about the minimum wage hike. TUCP President Raymond Mendoza said that the wage body has jurisdiction over providing an increase in the minimum salary in the region.

Mendoza stressed that RTWPB should have focused on the arguments and computations. The TUCP is planning to file a motion for reconsideration or file the wage petition again.

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