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Bacolod City, Philippines Saturday, November 16, 2019
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Four-day work week opposed


Labor leader Wennie Sancho of Negros Occidental said they vehemently oppose the proposed four-day work week for workers.

Sancho, secretary-general of the General Alliance of Workers Associations, said the proposal would put the minimum wage earners at a disadvantage since this would mean a reduction of their income and diminution of workers benefits because of the "no work, no pay" policy imposed by the management.

“Any scheme or policy that will result to diminution of wages and benefits is anti-labor. This bill is aimed to reduce traffic congestion in Metro Manila but not to reduce the workers' income. It should not be applied outside of the National Capital Region,” he stressed.

It will have an adverse effect on the workers’ productivity, he reiterated. “We are amenable to staggered working hours as long as there is no diminution in rank and pay. This proposal is a threat to the workers security of tenure and economic rights,” he added.

He said that problems on traffic congestion should not be resolved at the expense of the workers particularly in the diminution of their salaries, wages and other benefits.

The lawmakers recently revived the proposal for a four-day work week for government and private sector employees to ease the traffic problem in the country.*


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