[In the news] Don’t push workers against wall, Trade Union Congress of the Philippines tells Malacañang | Sun.Star
March 11, 2012
THE Trade Union Congress of the Philippines (TUCP) urged Sunday the national government not to push the workers against the wall amid the rise in prices of basic commodities.
In a phone interview, TUCP president Democrito Mendoza scored Malacañang for immediately discounting the possibility of having a salary adjustment granted amid their announcement of a plan to file wage hike petitions.
“Malacañang should protect the interest of workers and their families not push them against the wall,” said Mendoza.
If it continues to do so, the labor leader said they may have no other recourse but to instigate protest actions.
“If workers’ needs are not met now, workers will have no recourse but to seek redress on the streets,” said Mendoza.
On Saturday, deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte stressed that it would be impossible to implement wage hikes since there is a one-year ban in between adjustments of minimum salary rates.
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