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Bishop slams lack of wage increase
President criticised for not taking the opportunity of Labor day to announce revisionsMilitant labor unions march in Metro Manila to demand a wage increase
- ucanews.com reporters, Manila
- May 3, 2011
Manila Auxiliary Bishop Broderick Pabillo, chairman of the CBCPâ€™s National Secretariat for Social Action, Justice and Peace, said the â€śnon-wage benefitsâ€ť announced by Aquino as his â€śgiftâ€ť to Filipino workers are only a consolation.
â€śDoes he really like to help the people or he just want to placate them [with this so-called gift]?â€ť Bishop Pabillo said. â€śThese non-wage benefits are out of reach of many workers, especially those who are not regular employees.â€ť
In his Labor Day address at a breakfast forum with representatives of various moderate labor groups in Malacanang Palace, Aquino announced several non-wage benefits, among them the early release of the third installment of the salary adjustment for government employees, summer jobs for students, and a rice subsidy to small farmers and fishermen.
He also asked the regional wage boards to speed up deliberations on wage hike petitions by labor unions in the country.
He said his administration recognizes the "fears" of businessmen about wage hike demands, especially small firms, but he "cannot feign deafness to the pleas of minimum wage earners" who have pending petitions with different wage boards.
â€śThe workers are outraged over the Aquino governmentâ€™s refusal to grant the significant wage hike that we badly need right now to cope with the skyrocketing prices of basic goods and services,â€ť said Elmer Labog, chairman of the Kilusang Mayo Uno (May 1 Movement).