Daily Star logoTop Stories
Bacolod City, Philippines Thursday, March 15, 2012
Front Page
Negros Oriental
Star Business
Police Beat
Star Life
People & Events
Classified Ads
‘Nationwide strike eyed
if wage hike is denied’


The series of oil price hikes constitute a "supervening condition" for the Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Board to increase the minimum wages of the workers in Western Visayas immediately, Weenie Sancho, labor representative on the RTWPB, said yesterday.

The RTWPB 6 is set to hold a hearing on pending wage hike petitions in Iloilo on March 19, Labor Regional Director Ponciano Ligutom said.

The RTWPB will then meet in Aklan on March 26 to come up with its ruling, he added.

Sancho said labor is pushing for a P97 daily wage hike. The RTWPB could decide to grant a wage hike or an Emergency Cost of Living Allowance, he said.

The series of oil price increases has eroded labor’s purchasing power as it has triggered unabated hikes in the prices of basic goods and services, he added.

It is unfortunate that the focus of the government is on the impeachment trial of Chief Justice Renato Corona that involves only one man, while the issue of wage increase is more important as it involves the plight of millions of workers, Sancho said.

If government ignores our call for a wage increase a nationwide labor strike is in the offing, he added.*CPG

back to top

Front Page | Opinion | Negros Oriental | Business | Sports
Star Life | People & Events| Archives | Advertise
Top Stories
ButtonAlbee: 5th district polls late April or early May
ButtonUNDOC rally vs. oil price hikes today
ButtonSM: We will win case vs. Capitol
ButtonCops have 10 Ceneco heist witnesses
Button‘Nationwide strike eyed if wage hike is denied’
ButtonMilitary insists NPA weakening
ButtonNegros SP asked to rule on Bacordo case
ButtonOnyok Velasco’s brother comatose
ButtonDefer demolition, Punta Taytay folk ask