Sunday, April 30, 2006

Zamboanga Mayor Urges Malakanyang To Increase Salaries Of Workers

ZAMBOANGA CITY (Zamboanga Journal / 30 Apr) Acting Zamboanga City Mayor Maria Isabel Climaco urged Malakanyang to seriously consider increasing the salary of the labor force in the private sector amid the soaring prices of basic commodities, as she cited the important role of laborers in nation building.

“We are very thankful to the labor sector for its contribution to the community and the country. But we are also concerned with the difficulties that laborers encounter in view of the increasing cost of living," she said.

She said the high costs of basic commodities and the meager earnings of laborers are taking its toll on the work force.

"Their priority is to provide the family’s daily needs, such as food and better life for the children, but how would they be able to this if they earn so little and spend so much because everything now is so expensive," Climaco said.

Labor groups were demanding for a P125 legislated across the board minimum wage hike citing the current economic crisis.

Climaco said she and the Zamboanga City Council would undertake alternative livelihood activities to help the men and women who wanted to augment their income.

She said she would open up skills development trainings, such as meat processing, flower arrangement, handicraft making, baking, among others to help those who wanted to earn more. "These trainings will be held in different villagers," she said.

Climaco also urged employers to strictly comply with labor laws and pay their workers the right wages on time.

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