Jul 27, 2010

DOLE: Region 6 wage board raises minimum wage by P15

Workers in Western Visayas stand to benefit from a P15 daily wage hike ordered by the regional wage board there, the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) said Monday.

DOLE Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz said the new minimum wage in the region is now at P265 per day for non-agricultural establishments employing more than 10 workers.

The minimum wage will be P223 for non-agricultural establishments employing 10 workers or less; P233 for workers in the agricultural plantation sector; and P223 for workers in the agriculture–nonplantation sector, according to an article posted Monday on the DOLE website.

DOLE said the wage hike is contained in Wage Order No. RB-VI-18 issued on July 9 by the Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Board (RTWPB). The order came a few weeks after the RTWPB of Metro Manila ordered a P22 increase earlier this month.

DOLE said the new minimum wage rates applies to all minimum wage earners in the private sector in the region, regardless of their position, designation, status of employment, and method by which they are paid.

However, the order also allows distressed establishments and new businesses a one-year exemption from the payment of the new minimum wage, upon seeking the approval of the RTWPB.

“The period for application for exemption shall be within 75 days from publication of its approved Implementing Rules," the DOLE said.

The new Wage Order was issued on the basis of a petition filed by the Trade Union of Filipino Workers (TUFW) which sought an across-the-board P50 daily wage increase.

DOLE said the new wage order becomes effective 15 days from its publication. However, it the Regional Board has yet to come up with its implementing rules. –VVP, GMANews.TV

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