A labor group is demanding an increase in the minimum wage of government and private employees nationwide.
Kilusang Mayu Uno (KMU) called on the government to set the minimum daily wage at P750 for workers in the private sector and the monthly minimum wage at P16,000 for government workers.
“It is unjust that workers in the impoverished sector could hardly meet the needs of their families due to meager salaries while giant corporations continue to rake in big profits.” said KMU spokesperson Roxanne Javellana in a statement.
According to her, the P323.50 daily minimum wage in Western Visayas is 70 percent short of the P1, 119 family living wage in the country.
KMU also wants to end all forms of contractualization and to abolish DOLE’s Department Order 174.
“The 10-month-old Duterte administration failed to fulfill its promise to end contractualization. Instead, Duterte favored the neoliberal policies of the imperialist countries. He turned his back against the people’s cry for the scrapping of all forms of contractualization” said Javellana.
KMU and Bagong Alyansang Makabayan in Panay led the Labor Day protest in Iloilo City on Monday. IMT