Workers demand discount card, insurance on Labor Day

Mar. 31, 2015

A labor group is demanding for a discount card for workers receiving minimum wage  and unemployment insurance for laid-off employees.The Trade Union Congress of the Philippines –  Nagkakaisa wants the said benefits be given on May 1, Labor Day.

“We have conveyed to President Aquino some things to think about during Holy Week. Among these measures which will assist and empower the basic sectors include an unemployment insurance policy for the 3.4 million minimum wage earners providing three months of minimum wage salary coverage in cases of retrenchment and a minimum discount card that serves as a voucher or CCT-like program for minimum wage employees to give them discount on tuition fees, purchase of rice, basic food commodities, medicines worth P2,000,” said Gerard Seno, TUCP-Nagkaisa vice president.

TUCP-Nagkaisa also proposed the approval of a majority coconut-farmer administered trust fund to ensure the proceeds of the P77 billion coco levy are used to promote jobs in the coconut industry and to set up coco-industrial hubs.

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