After the lapse of the deadline for submission of opposition to the latest wage order, Negrense labor leader Wennie Sancho has called on employers in Western Visayas to enforce the PHP15 to PHP30 pay increase.
“With or without a copy of the order and the IRR (implementing rules and regulations), we urge the management to implement the wage hike in the spirit of Christmas,” Sancho, a workers’ representative to the Regional Wages and Productivity Board (RTWPB) 6 (Western Visayas), said on Thursday.
The additional salary can help stabilize the purchasing power of the workers in the region, he added.
Sancho said that during their regular meeting here on Wednesday, the board did not discuss any opposition from the management, which was given until November 21 to submit an appeal.
The daily minimum wage increase was set to take effect on November 27, or 15 days after the publication on November 11.
“Appeal or no appeal, it could not restrain the implementation of the wage order,” Sancho said.
Approved on October 22, Wage Order 25 provides a PHP30 increase for workers in non-agriculture, industrial, and commercial establishments employing more than 10 employees.
In this sector, the new rate is PHP395 from the previous PHP365 per day.
Employees of establishments with less than 10 workers will receive an additional PHP15 — from PHP295 to PHP310.
For the agricultural sector, plantation workers will get a PHP20 hike — from PHP295 to PHP315.
Sancho said the RTWBP-6 has yet to get copies of both the IRR and the Wage Order 25, with the signature of Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III.
Still, that is just a “minor” problem since employers can implement the wage increase even without these, he added. (Erwin Nicavera ndb via pna)