A day after President Benigno Aquino announced a âsubstantialâ salary adjustment for state workers, an official of the Catholic Bishopsâ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) Monday asked MalacaĂ±ang not to forget the workers in the private sector.
Manila Auxiliary Bishop Broderick Pabillo, chairman of the CBCPâs National Secretariat for Social Action (NASSA), issued the appeal in time for todayâs observance of Labor Day.
The prelate said the administration should also grant a wage increase to ordinary workers and not just to government workers in view of the rising prices of basic commodities and fuel.
âI hope itâs not only the government workersâŠ the ordinary workers should get something because they are the backbone of our society,â said Pabillo.
âWe continue to appeal for a wage increase. The prices of basic commodities and fuel continue to rise yet the wage that the people are getting remains stagnant. The people are already hard-up,â he added.
In MalacaĂ±ang, Presidential Spokesman Edwin Lacierda said: âThere will be good news, definitely.â
However, Lacierda said he will leave it up to the president to announce the good news to the workers, possibly in a dialogue with labor groups set at the Heroesâ Hall of MalacaĂ±ang at 10 a.m. today.
âI donât want to preempt the President. Thereâs a plan (for Labor Day). Letâs just wait for the meeting to happen and he will lay out whatâs in store for them,â he said.
He said the meeting of the President with various labor groups would be an avenue to hear about the plight of Filipino workers.
âIt is always good to dialogue with the groups. Definitely, the President will hear out what their concerns are,â Lacierda said.
Report from Manila Bulletin