SC stops fixed salary scheme for buses

The SC gives DOLE and LTFRB 10 days to file their comments

MANILA, Philippines – The Supreme Court issued a status quo ante order on Tuesday, July 10, stopping the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) and the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) from implementing a new salary scheme for bus operators.

The assailed salary scheme includes a minimum regular salary, commission and benefits such as 12 regular holidays with pay, one rest day a week, overtime pay, night shift pay and 13-month pay.

The fixed salary scheme, under DOLE Department Order No. 118-12 Series of 2012, took effect on July 1.

The Provincial Bus Operators Association of the Philippines, Southern Luzon Bus Operators Association Inc, Inter City Bus Operators Association, and City of San Jose del Monte Bus Operators Association asked the SC to stop the DOLE from enforcing the new system in a petition filed on July 4.

The bus operators said the new salary scheme violates the equal protection clause because it will “cover only Metro Manila buses and not the entire transport sector throughout the country.”

They added it also ties their hands because the scheme forces them to abandon their own compensation system, where drivers are paid on a commission basis. 

They also argued that their respective collective bargaining agreements with their employees will be affected. 

The SC ordered the DOLE and LTFRB to file their comment within 10 days. –

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