Workers stage protest vs. possible ₱20 minimum wage increase

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, September 27) — Members of Akbayan party-list group lambast the Labor department's statement that Metro Manila workers may get a minimum wage increase of ₱20, a far cry from labor's demand of ₱320.

Workers staged a "Kalampag protest" by banging pots and pans on Thursday, and called the looming wage adjustment "insulting."

Nerisa Balarao, one of the protesters, said the wage increase would be gone in just two jeepney rides.

"Saan aabot ang ₱20 mo? Dalawang sakay lang ng jeep, ubos na ang umento para sa aming mga nagtitiis sa minimum wage. Nakakainsulto ang pekeng umento na ito," Balarao said.

[Translation: What will your 20 pesos give you? Two jeepney rides, and the increase in our desperate wages is already depleted. This fake wage hike is insulting.]

RELATED: Labor group pushes for P320 minimum wage hike

Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello said the demand for a ₱320 wage hike is not feasible.

The last minimum wage increase in Metro Manila took effect on Oct. 5, 2017. The current minimum wage is ₱512. By law, the wage can only be raised after a year from the last increase, unless there is a supervening event that will merit an adjustment.