Labor group favors 4-Day Compressed Work Week

July 11, 2013 11:45 pm 

MANILA, July 11 — The Associated Labor Unions-Trade Union Congress of the Philippines (ALU-TUCP) expressed support for the proposed compressed work week.

Provided, it added, it is implemented voluntarily within specific period.

“We support the good intention of the proposal. However, the scheme, by operation, can be advantageous and or disadvantageous to both workers and companies,” said Gerard Seno, executive vice president of ALU-TUCP.

The proposal is to have one or two cities implement a four-day work in a week among cities and municipalities to decongest traffic in the National Capital Region.

It calls for workers to work for 10 hours a day for four days.

“The 10-hour work per day will already be arduous for precarious, critical and labor-intensive workers particularly those in the manufacturing, production, transport and construction sectors creating fatigue which will compromise safety and productivity,” he said.

Seno said that the compressed work week also means reduced income as it requires waiver of overtime pay for millions of regular and non-regular workers.

“It may also bolster the rank of unemployment and underemployment in the course of workers’ attempt to recover reduced income during the two days off,” he added.

However, the ALU-TUCP official said that the compressed work week, if implemented in selective basis, can be beneficial depending on the objective.(PNA)



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