P-Noy expects minimum wage increase in Metro Manila by next week

(SPOT.ph) In his Labor Day speech, President Noynoy Aquino said that he expects an increase in the minimum wage of workers in Metro Manila by next week, reports Inquirer.net.  Aquino added that the exact amount of the pay raise will be decided in the deliberations of regional tripartite wage boards.

According to Inquirer.net, Aquino also said he expects the National Capital Region wage board to release a wage order next week. "We will be pressing (other regional wage boards) to finalize everything. We cannot promise that within the month everybody will be finished but we will be pressing them to finish within the month."

Earlier, the NCR board said a wage increase is possible because of the "supervening event" brought by oil price hikes. Meanwhile, government workers are also expected to get their midyear bonus before May 15, the President said.

Inquirer.net quoted Aquino’s speech in Filipino: "Maybe we have been used to a Labor Day that becomes a Day of Bluffing where the government tended to shower us with numbers to make it look good while it ignored workers all throughout the year... But the new administration is not like that-our good news is not just all talk and not encased in numbers that are being trumpeted but not being carried out."

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