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ACT Teachers Representative renews call for legislated wage hike as education costs rise

16 May 2011 One Comment

ACT Teachers Representative Antonio L. Tinio today reiterated call for the passage of legislation mandating pay increases for workers in the public and private sectors in the light of recent reports that 300 universities and colleges nationwide shall implement tuition fee increases this school year and that prices of school supplies have gone up by 5 per cent.

“The increase in tuition fees, together with the hike in prices of school supplies, highlights the rising cost of education, especially in private schools. This emphasizes the inadequacy of the recently approved P22 increase in COLA in NCR and justifies the immediate granting of a substantial pay hike for all workers. We support the demand for a legislated P125 daily wage increase for the private sector and a P6,000 increase in the minimum salary of government workers,” said Tinio. “If salaries are not increased, more students, particularly in higher education, will join the ranks of out-of-school youths and be deprived of their right to education.“

Tinio is a co-author of House Bill 375 providing for a P125 nationwide, across-the-board daily wage hike for private sector workers and House Bill 3746 mandating a P6,000 increase in the minimum pay of government employees. #