Reference: Luallah Pama, President
Date: January 13, 2011
Poll workers support calls for P6,000 wage increase for government employees
The Alliance of COMELEC Employees in Service (ACES) today threw its support to calls for a P6,000 across the board wage increase for all government employees nationwide amid rising prices of oil, toll fees, transportation fares and other basic goods.
“In the midst of skyrocketing costs of basic goods and services, it is high time that government increases the salary of workers in the public sector. Kaya naman, ang mga manggagawa ng COMELEC ay boto sa P6,000 dagdag sahod sa mga empleyado ng gubyerno sa buong bansa,” stated ACES President Luallah Pama.
The ACES President asserted that the worsening price crisis in the country has burdened the thousands of COMELEC employees nationwide.
According to Pama, the lowest paid employee in the COMELEC receives only a monthly pay of P7,575. But the amount, she said, is further slashed because of numerous mandatory deductions from the GSIS, PAG-IBIG, among others.
“Because of our already meager salaries, COMELEC workers often turn to our credit union for loans. Worse, some of us have to pawn our ATM cards to loan sharks just to make ends meet!” Pama said.
ACES to PNoy: Emulate Cory
“We are thus calling on President Benigno Aquino III to heed the calls of state workers for a just and substantial wage increase. We urge him to emulate his mother, the late former President Corazon Aquino, who championed the cause of the workers in the public sector during her term,” said Pama, adding that it was Corazon Aquino who issued Executive Order 180 in 1987 that laid down the guidelines for the exercise of the right to organize of government employees.
On Monday, the Confederation for Unity, Recognition and Advancement of Government Employees (COURAGE) has asked for a P6,000 wage increase for state workers to curb the recent spike in prices and to “address the long overdue neglect in the salaries of the lowest paid employee or those who need the increase more.” –end-