Amid all these hoopla, the Gloriagate scandal, jueteng inquiries and Hello Garci ring tones, a colleague pointed out that the media seemed to have forgotten all about the implementation of the previously announced wage hike starting June 15. The P11 to P25 increase in daily pay seemed to have passed us by unnoticed, perhaps hinting on its inadequacy.
Progressive labor forces have been calling for a P125 across the board wage increase as far as I could remember. I recall staring at stickers bearing the P125 call while inside buses and jeepneys way back during my college days.
Bulatlat reports how the wage hike legislation has been lagging on for six years now. The reason of which is because the President has not cited it as urgent. It was even bypassed by the e-vat law. Talk about autonomy in our legislative branch.
Anyhow, I just wanted to talk about wages because I’ve been caught offguard when a reporter told me he was looking for a $15 an hour work in the States. He said he was willing to work even as a dish washer in a hotel if he could earn a hundred thousand pesos for doing so. I’m pretty sure he wasn’t joking.