Jerome Adonis, KMU secretary general, said workers urgently need and deserve the wage hike especially now that prices of commodities and services, primarily food products, are at an all-time high and workers need proper nutrition to develop greater immunity to COVID-19 and other illnesses.
“It has been a long time already as there have been a pandemic, and typhoons, but the salaries remain nailed to the ground,” he said in a statement. “Everything has become more expensive but the government remains unmoved in wanting to help the workers survive,” added Adonis.
According to the group, the last wage hike in the National Capital Region was issued November 2018 and placed the NCR minimum wage at P537. KMU said groups filed a wage hike petition in April 2019 but was denied June 2019 citing that newer petitions will only be entertained after a period of 12 months.
“A petition was re-filed on November 2019, pending resolution until now. However, the NCR wage board announced an indefinite deferment of wage petitions, citing the pandemic as reason,” said the group.
KMU expressed its intent to file another wage petition, citing that it is ever more urgent at a time of pandemic and crisis.
It asked all regular and contractual workers to coordinate efforts and approach their regional wage boards to push for an urgent wage increase.
The labor group also called on Congress to expedite and prioritize the passing of the P750 National Minimum Wage Bill, reiterating that commodity prices across regions are almost, if not at par with each other.