National Bilateral Framework Agreement of workers and employers to tackle power rates, traffic, cost of medicine, government subsidies for minimum wage earners

High power rates and worsening road traffic are the top two issues that six labor and employer groups in the country want to be addressed before the end of the Duterte administration.

In a press conference on Wednesday, Trade Union Congress of the Philippines (TUCP) president Raymond C. Mendoza disclosed this will be the initial issues that will be tackled by the newly signed National Bilateral Framework Agreement of workers and employers.

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6 groups ask Duterte: Appoint true representatives for labor, management in government agencies

LEADERS of major labor and employers’ groups on Wednesday issued a united appeal to President Duterte to appoint “genuine” stakeholder representatives in government agencies.

The executives of the Employers Confederation of the Philippines (Ecop), Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI), Philippine Exporters Confederation (Philexport), Trade Union Congress of the Philippines (TUCP), Sentro ng mga Nagkakaisa at Progresibong Manggagawa (Sentro) and the Federation of Free Workers (FFW) made the appeal in a letter to Duterte.

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Big-time oil price hike ‘uncalled for’: labor groups

MANILA — Labor groups on Tuesday scored the big-time price hike implemented by oil companies.

Partido Manggagawa (PM) national chair Rene Magtubo believed that the oil price increase should have not been implemented, noting that these companies still have reserves in their supply.

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Probe ordered on hotel negligence

MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte has ordered a thorough investigation of the botched demolition of a budget hotel in Malate, Manila, that left two laborers dead and one hurt, officials said on Tuesday.

Wasting no time, Manila Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso tasked the City Engineering Office to investigate which entity should be held liable for the collapse of a part of Sogo Hotel.

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Fuel price hike to erode workers’ buying power – TUCP

The fuel price increase may trigger the erosion of the buying power of all workers, a labor group said Tuesday. “The big-time fuel price increase will definitely impact the prices of goods and cost of services which will automatically lessen the purchasing power of wage,” said Trade Union Congress of the Philippines (TUCP) president Raymond Mendoza in a statement.

Wage hike for CV workers still uncertain

CEBU CITY, Philippines—The chance for the labor force in Central Visayas to get a wage increase this year remains uncertain despite having two rounds of public consultations held in Cebu and Negros Oriental.

Joe Tumongha, labor sector representative in the Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Board  in Central Visayas (RTWPB-7), said it is still a long way to go before the board will decide on whether or not a wage increase is feasible for the region.

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Requiring permits not enough to protect construction workers —TUCP

Issuing construction and demolition permits alone are not enough to ensure that the occupational safety of workers are given importance by contractors, the Trade Union Congress of the Philippines (TUCP) said on Tuesday.

TUCP made the statement following the death of two laborers when a Hotel Sogo building collapsed on Monday.

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Gov’t should be strict with visits, inspection at construction, demolition sites – TUCP

Workers group Trade Union Congress of the Philippines (TUCP) said there was a need for the government to be consistent in conducting surprise visits and onsite validation inspection in enforcing the tenets of construction safety and health standards upon issuing the construction and demolition permits.

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