Sancho: Employers’ protest can’t stay wage hike

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BACOLOD CITY – The labor sector representative to the wage board in the region said any protest against Wage Order No. 25 cannot delay the implementation of pay hikes scheduled on November 27.

Worker sector representative Wennie Sancho says the new wage hike in Region 6 can cushion the impact of rising prices of basic commodities including rice, shown here being sold in a public market in Bacolod City. | DNX file photo and text by Julius D. Mariveles
Worker sector representative Wennie Sancho says the new wage hike in Region 6 can cushion the impact of rising prices of basic commodities including rice, shown here being sold in a public market in Bacolod City. | DNX file photo and text by Julius D. Mariveles

Wennie Sancho told DNX any interested party, including employers opposing the increase, can file an appeal within 10 days starting November 27, either before the National Wages and Productivity Commission or the Supreme Court to challenge the new wage rates in Western Visayas.

Historically, however, no employer has filed an appeal before any judicial or quasi-judicial body.

Aside from that, an appellant would have to file a supersedeas bond equivalent to the increase per salaried worker in the region.

A supersedeas bond, also known as an appeal bond, is part of a pleading before a court.

Sancho explained that if workers in the region are around half a million, the appealing party should pay P30, representing the increase.

Theoretically, that would be around P15 million, he pointed out further.

The new wage order will take effect on November 27. Click here for the full story.

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