Sugar workers oppose importation of sugar and molasses
The National Federation of Sugar Workers (NFSW) has opposed the additional importation of raw and refined sugar supposedly to combat inflation.
John Milton (Butch) Lozande, secretary general of NFSW, said such importations would further reduce the already “slave like wages” of the 780,000 sugar workers, who may even lose their jobs once more imported sugar enters the country.
“As this would lower the prices of local sugar and molasses and to cut costs, sugar planters would simply lower the wages of their workers or retrench them,” Lozande said.
At present, sugar workers in Negros only earn an average monthly income of P1,500 to P2,000 per month, which translates to just P30 to P67 per day, while sugar workers in Cagayan Valley earn only an average of P170 a day.
Things even get worse for them during Tiempo Muerto or dead season, which spans from June to September, where there is hardly any work for sugar cane workers.