125 WAGE HIKE, REGULARIZATION TOP WOMEN WORKERS’ DEMANDS ON LABOR DAY

“Women workers are in conditions so much worse today under the
administration of Gloria Macapagal Arroyo. The economic development
Mrs. Arroyo boasts of having brought our country into, has placed more women workers in low-waged, low-productivity jobs, mostly in the service sector and without any security of tenure.”

This was the statement issued today by the militant women’s partylist
Gabriela as they joined thousands in a rally commemorating Labor day.

“The current situation of Filipino women workers puts them in a situation highly vulnerable to violence and abuse. The lack of available jobs with  decent wages and the widescale implementation of contractualization forces women to live with and to a certain extent, endure sexual harassment and other abuses, as well as unfair labor practices in the workplace,” explained Gabriela Rep. Liza Maza.

The International Labor Organization report issued in March 2008 cites 26.25% of employed women remain in low-paid, low-productivity jobs compared to 10.94% for employed males in the Philippines.

Gabriela Reps. Maza and Luz Ilagan are among those who marched to
Liwasang Bonifacio calling for the immediate legislation of the P125 across the board wage increase. The Gabriela solons who co-author the measure with Anakpawis Rep. Crispin Beltran and Reps. Satur Ocampo and Teddy Casino of Bayan Muna have likewise initiated House Resolution 552, Urging President Arroyo to Certify as Urgent HB1722 or An Act Providing for a P125 Across the Board Wage Increase in order to Allow employees and Workers to Cope with the Increasing Prices of Basic Commodities and Services in the Country.

“The non-wage benefits and the measly increases in allowances that the
wage boards are preparing will not give the workers and their families much needed relief.”

Rep. Ilagan stressed on the need for a legislated wage increase and not to rely solely on the regional wage boards saying that workers in Mindanao continue to receive the lowest minimum wage rates.

“A family of six in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao needs P1186.00 per day. Families in ARMM have the highest daily cost of living requirement and yet workers in that same region receive the lowest wages, with the current rate of P200.00 per day.”#

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