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Employment News

Metro Manila Workers to Get Salary Increase Starting July 1


Date Posted: Jun 17, 2010

Finally, after months the left and right protest of different Labor groups, Metro Manila workers who are earning a minimum salary will get a P22 wage increase starting July 1.

 

The Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Board (RTWPB) said that over 2 million Metro Manila Workers will benefit from the increase. However, the plea of provincial workers to also get an increase is still under in talks.

 

Secretary Aida Andres of RTWPB said that the salary increase would bring to at least P13,042 monthly basic pay of Metro Manila workers  or 5.8 percent more than what they are bringing home before.

“With the increase the current floor wage rate in Metro Manila is now pegged at P404, but the minimum wage earners would actually receive P533 a day because of the add-ons such as overtime pay and other financial benefits,” Andres explained.

The wage increase is mandated to all minimum wage gainers regardless of their position or status of employment.

On the other hand, labor officials said due to wage distortion resulting from the salary hike, those receiving above the minimum wage may also get an increase after negotiations between employers and the employees.    

However, household workers, persons in the personal service of another, including family drivers and workers of duly registered Barangay Micro Business Enterprises are not part of the salary hike.   

Of the estimated 4.2 million workers in Metro Manila, Andres 2.18 million are minimum wage earners and therefore would enjoy the mandated salary increase.

The wage board would also provide one-year exemption to distressed establishments, firms with less P3 million capital, retail and service establishments employing not more than 10 workers and those severely affected by natural calamities.          

 

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