The Associated Labor Unions – Trade Union Congress of the Philippines explained the need for minimum wage earners to receive a Php 500 government subsidy.
According ALU-TUCP spokesperson Alan Tanusay, minimum wage earners need assistance from the government since they are commonly the bread winners of their families.
“Sila yung mga breadwinner. Sila yung nag-susustain, nagpapa-aral ng mga kapatid, at nag-aalaga ng magulang. Kung sila ay magkasakit o kaya ay mag-absent ng isang araw ay malaking kawalan na sa kanila ito.” Tanusay said during DZRH’s Breaktime.
Tanusay further pointed out that minimum wage earners are commonly contractual workers, or factory employees, and receive at least Php 512 monthly salary.
“Ito yung mga contractual na mangagawa.” Tanusay explained. “Sila yung mga nasa manufacturing, factory.”
Currently, Tanusay said that they are set to meet with President Rodrigo Duterte and his Cabinet on March 15 in order to discuss their proposed monthly subsidy.
The ALU-TUCP official believes that the President understands the need for a government subsidy to minimum wage earners.
“Nakita ng Pangulo na may talagang pangangailangan yung mga minimum wage earners natin.” Tanusay further added. “Ang sabi niya mag-buo ng isang study group na binubuo ng TUCP at kanyang Kabinete.”
Tanusay also revealed that there are people against their proposal since the government is expected to spend Php 2 billion per month for the targeted 4 million wage earners.
“Maraming nagrereklamo dahil napakalaki daw ng aming hinihingi sa gobyerno.” Tanusay revealed. “Ang aming tinatarget ay mga 4 million minimum wage earners sa buong bansa at tinatayang aabot ang gobyerno ng Php 2 bilyon pesos kada-buwan o Php 24 bilyon pesos kada-taon.”