The Regional Wage Board in Western Visayas approved the petition of Fishta Union of Employees for Reform thru Solidarity Actions – Solidarity Union in the Philippines for Empowerment and Reform (FUERSA-SUPER) for wage increase of ₱ 355 per day.
Wennie Sancho, representative to the Regional Wage Board, said the wage board accepted the petition to be sufficient in form and substance during a zoom meeting yesterday. So therefore, the process for minimum wage fixing will already start, including public hearings and consultations.
Sancho said FUERSA-SUPER is demanding for wage increase of ₱ 355 per day or a total wage of ₱ 750 per day for workers in Western Visayas.
The first consultation will be in Negros Occidental on April 8 followed by consultations on April 11 in Iloilo, Guimaras, Capiz and Antique; and April 12 in Aklan. The wage deliberation of the wage board will be on May 22 and 23, he said.
“Hopefully, by May 2, there will already be an issuance of a wage order. However, we cannot determine the amount yet. But in summary, this is a welcome development since the application for wage increase was entertained by the wage board,” Sancho said.
This is timely for the workers in the private sector considering the inflation in prices of petroleum products and basic services, he said.
Sancho said the projected rollback today in prices of petroleum products will have no bearing on the petition of the workers for wage increase considering that when there is a rollback in the prices of petroleum products, it does not follow that there should also be a rollback in the prices of basic goods and services as showed in past experiences.
“So, if there are sectors like management who will reason out that there will be bigtime rollback today, that is mere speculation. But our main goal is to push through with substantial wage increase in order to restore the purchasing power of workers in Region 6 who are suffering amidst economic recession,” he added. (Chrysee Semillano via The Visayan Daily Star (TVDS), photo courtesy of TVDS)