The Associated Labor Unions-TUCP and other labor groups will meet with the Department of Labor and Employment (DoLE) this week to discuss the issue of 13th month pay.
In that meeting, the ALU said they will maintain that the 13th month pay cannot be “waived, forgone, cancelled, deferred or unpaid.”
“There is no reason for micro and small business to defer or be exempted in paying the 13th month to their employees because there is a forthcoming P150 billion economic relief cash assistance through the ARISE program of government in the Bayanihan 2 budget that would be given directly to small business to help them cope with the economic crisis,” TUCP spokesperson Alan Tanjusay said in a statement.
He said there is also “no provision in the 13th Month Pay Law or PD 851 that allows exemptions or defers payment of.”
Meanwhile, Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III explained that it is the IRR of PD 851 that provides for an exception.
“We are not exempting anybody from paying the 13th month pay but the IRR of PD 851 provides for an exception, not us. That’s what we would like to discuss with both labor and management on Tuesday, October 13 at 2 p.m.” he said.