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Resolve wage hike petition soon
or face protests, labor rep warns

A labor representative to the Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Board yesterday urged the Department of Labor and Employment Region 6 to immediately resolve the wage hike petition in Western Visayas.

Wennie Sancho said if DOLE fails to resolve the petition for the salary increase in the region, labor groups will be forced to protest against the agency.

Sancho said the petition should be resolved within this month because the salaries in other regions have already been increased.

DOLE 6 Director Ponciano Ligutom said that while he wants to resolve the salary increase as soon as possible, he cannot decide on it alone and there is a need for the consensus of all the members of the board.

He stressed that the resolution on the wage hike petition will be resolved within 45 days after the hearing conducted in Bacolod City on September 28.

During the hearing, the Metro Bacolod Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the Confederation of Sugar Producers Associations expressed opposition against the petition on the wage hike.

Sancho said the labor groups in Negros Occidental condemn the two groups because apparently they do not care to the welfare of the workers but are more concerned about profit.

He said the groups should promote corporate social responsibility rather than focus on corporate greed.

Meanwhile, a core group to work on the formation of network of productivity advocates was formed during the forum on two-tiered scheme in Iloilo City Grand Hotel Wednesday.

The group will be in charge of promoting different schemes to achieve productivity in both public and private firms*.APN


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