Senator Raffy Tulfo today called for decent wages for government workers as he lamented that many of them, including local street sweepers and traffic aides, are still being paid below standard Of the industry.
Tulfo said the government should lead by example by complying with labor standards that entitle employees to a minimum wage.
“If the government is serious about protecting workers’ rights and tackling unfair labor practices, it must start by making sure people working for the government earn a living wage,” he added. .
Under Local Budget Circular (LBC) 143 (s. 2022), the salary of street sweepers and traffic aids depends on the income classification of local government units (LGUs).
Street sweepers, as stated in the LBC, can earn a maximum of ₱14,993 per month up to ₱8,648, which equates to an estimate of ₱376 per day. Traffic aides, on the other hand, can earn a maximum of ₱17,899 per month up to ₱9,181.00 or ₱399 per day.
Street sweepers and traffic aides are considered frontrunners in the country, especially during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, where they continued to show up for work despite the dangers brought on by the global health crisis.
Senator d’Isabela stressed that the government should set a good example to encourage private companies to comply with labor standards as set out in the law.
“It is important to lead by example. Kung ang gobyerno ay hindi nagbibigay ng tamang pasahod sa mga empleyado (If the government cannot give the right wages to its employees), how can we expect private companies to comply with labor standards and pay their employees properly ? ” He asked.
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