workers decry starvation wages
July 19, 2018
QUEZON CITY –
Government employees under the COURAGE government employees center
reiterated their situation that their take-home pay is not even
enough to take them home.
This, according to
Ferdinand Gaite, COURAGE National President, was already the
situation prior to the implementation of the Tax Reform for
Acceleration for Inclusion. Now the burden is greater due to the
drastic inflation of 5.2% reflected in the increase in oil products,
rice, utilities, other basic commodities and school expenses after
classes have again started. What the tax reform has done was to
accelerate the reduction of our salaries and our inclusion in the
roster of the impoverished, Gaite added.
The current minimum wage
in the public sector is currently pegged at P10,510 monthly under
Executive Order 201 or the Salary Standardization Law 4. However,
salaries of employees in local government employees are even lower.
According to the SSL, a 6th class municipality shall receive only
65% of the salaries compared to that of national government agencies
therefore their minimum wage is lower at P6,831. Said amounts are a
far cry from the monthly living wage of more than P33,000, according
to Ibon Research.
Erwin Lanuza, National
President of League of Local Government Units Employees (LEAGUE)
criticized this exploitative and discriminatory policy against LGU
employees. There are about 830,000 employees in the 1,715 LGUs and a
significant figure of government employees can be found in 1st to
6th class municipalities whose salaries are lower at a range of
criticized the Duterte administration for its one-sided priority
saying that the government can double the salaries of police and
soldiers but does not consider increasing salaries of civilian
employees a priority. They demanded for a national minimum wage
regardless whether they are in LGUs, NGAs, GOCCs and others and the
amount should be at least P16,000 a month to cope with inflation.