also calls for national minimum wage increase
May 30, 2018
QUEZON CITY – The
national center of government employees COURAGE today bewailed the
present economic plight of government employees and called for a
national minimum wage increase of P16,000/month from the current
P10,510/month being received by an employee with salary grade 1.
Earlier, labor groups in
the private sector called for a wage increase citing the
inflationary impact of the tax reform law. Based from the Philippine
Statistics Authority (PSA) announcement last May 4, 2018, prices of
basic goods and services rose to a 5 year high of 4.5% this April
higher than the January 2018 figures when the tax reform law was
passed and higher than the government’s inflation target range for
2018 of 2-4%.
“While we completely
support the demand of private sector workers for a national minimum
wage hike, we also call on government to give attention to the
worsening economic condition of its workers especially lower ranked
civilian employees at the local level,” Mr. Ferdinand Gaite COURAGE
Gaite cited that the
lowest ranked government worker receives lower income of P477.20/day
as compared to a minimum wage private sector worker in the National
Capital Region who receives an income of P475 - P512 /day.
“The situation of local
government workers is even worse. An SG1 employee of the local
government of Cuenca, Batangas (4th class municipality), for
example, receives 358.29/day as compared to a private sector minimum
wage earner who receives P317 - 400/day as set by the regional wage
board of Calabarzon,” Mr. Gaite added.
This, he said, is among
the many reasons COURAGE is calling for the implementation of a
national minimum wage of P16,000/month for government workers to
give justice to lower ranked and local government workers instead of
the salary standardization law which shall implement its last
tranche of increase next year.
“The recent snide remark
of NEDA Secretary Ernesto Pernia in a press interview that only
organized labor groups will benefit from a national minimum wage
increase is uncalled for and only reflects his callousness to the
plight of all workers including government workers in his office for
whom the progressive realization of the constitutional right to a
living wage is his duty to work on,” Mr. Gaite concluded.