Labor leader seeks visitorial powers to ensure implementation of wage hike in Western Visayas

June 5, 2022 by No Comments

SINCE the wage increase is now in effect starting Sunday, June 5, 2022, labor leader Wennie Sancho seeks the approval of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) in Western Visayas to give him visitorial powers to ensure that it is being implemented in the region.Sancho, labor representative to the Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Board (RTWPB)-Western Visayas, said the ball is now on DOLE to ensure that the wage order they have issued is implemented, adding that many business establishments will likely not follow.He said it would be best for them to be given visitorial powers so they could conduct their inspections and submit the names of the establishments that have failed to implement the wage hike.Based on Wage Order No. RBVI-26 issued by the National Wages and Productivity Commission (NWPC), the daily minimum pay for non-agricultural, industrial, and commercial workers who employ more than 10 people is now at P450.It’s an increase of P55 compared to the previous P395 daily minimum pay.Establishments with below 10 employees, meanwhile, will have a minimum pay of P420, P110 more compared to the present P310 minimum salary.For those in the agriculture sector, they will receive a minimum pay of P410 or P95 more compared to the P315 previously while house helpers will have a minimum pay of P4,500, an increase of P500.Sancho, who is also the secretary general of the General Alliance of Workers Associations (Gawa), said the wage increase will cover the recent price hikes on basic commodities.

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