Teachers ask for 10, 000 salary increase, launch ‘Protests de Mayo’
The Teachers’ Dignity Coalition (TDC) renews its call to the government to legislate an increase in their salaries and benefits after the Aquino administration said that the government cannot grant the salary increase demands both for private and public sector workers and employees.
“The latest increase in our salaries thru legislation was enacted in 2009.” Said Benjo Basas, the group’s national chairperson. Basas added that the increase was under the Salary Standardization Law 3 and granted the entry level position of government teachers an increase in total of P6, 523 divided in four tranches from year.
“The current administration only enforced what is mandated by law and just decreed the last two tranches thru executive orders, the latest adjustment in our salary that was signed by Pres. Aquino was in year 2012.” Basas explained. “Since then, the government is seemingly reluctant to tackle the salary increase proposals for public school teachers and government employees.” He furthered.
The group is pushing for a P10, 000 across the board increase for teachers and education workers. Earlier, Malacanang said that there will be no increase in wages and salaries of private and government workers, contrary to the traditional wage increase pronouncement during Labor Day celebration.
The TDC said they appreciate the proposals submitted by Senator Antonio Trillanes III in the Senate and the versions authored by Magdalo representatives in the lower house.
“We appreciate the proposals from these lawmakers. That is only a proof that some government officials believe that teachers and government employees’ pay is insufficient for a dignified living. The proposal opens the door for a wide discussion and that alone can be considered as an initial victory for us.” Basas added.
House Bill 4081 seeks to increase the entry-level salary of teachers from P18, 549 to P36, 567 or from Salary Grade 11 to 20. The group however said this may not be feasible considering the sheer number of public school teachers in the country which now has reach almost 600, 000 and the government’s fiscal policy which refuses to prioritize public education and other social services.
TDC vows to launch series of mass actions this month dubbed as PROTEST DE MAYO, a Santacruzan-inspired series of actions starting this week up to the resumption of classes in June.
“On Thursday, May 8, we will launch ‘Protests De Mayo’ in front of DBM office and will march Sagala-style to Mendiola Bridge to protest government’s inaction on the demands of public school teachers.” Basas ended. #
Benjo Basas, National Chairperson, 0920-5740241
May 4, 2014
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