Thursday, November 30, 2023

Reducing the working day to the week will be approved this year

The Chamber of Deputies agreed that lawmakers will approve constitutional reform to reduce the working day from 48 to 40 hours per week before the end of the current regular period on December 15.

In a press conference, the President of the Political Coordination Committee (Jucopo), PAN member Jorge Romero, stated that all parties intend to vote and discuss the constitutional reform in the San Lázaro plenary session.

“The intention is that this regulation of 40 working hours will be enacted during this period; It is practically impossible for it to become a constitutional reform this year, so we will not vote for it in the Chamber of Deputies during this time,” said the PAN member.

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He mentioned that there is a consensus among all bodies that the reform should be implemented, but that workers must be taken care of and that micro-enterprises are not affected by this new provision, and therefore clarified that the agreement adds transitional provisions should, in order to ensure this The shortening of the working day will occur gradually.

“Among the other agreements that exist to implement the reform of the 40-hour rule, it is precisely in their transitional provisions that it is a matter of agreeing on their progressiveness, (that is) it is not a legal provision that will come into effect overnight comes into force. , and In order to avoid such a sudden impact, a progressive approach is proposed,” he noted.

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The above would be the response of some businessmen who have asked MPs that the implementation of this reform should be gradual so as not to harm some sectors such as construction and agriculture.

This reform of Article 123 of the Constitution has been approved since April by the Constitutional Affairs Commission of the Chamber of Deputies. However, since there were doubts about its implementation, the legislators decided to hold an open parliament.

“For workers, day laborers, domestic workers, craftsmen and generally for all employment contracts, the following applies: the employee must enjoy at least two days of rest for every five working days,” says the constitutional reform.

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The law states that the working day is 8 hours per day, so with the change the week will have a total of 40 hours, while the legislation currently provides for six working days, which is 48 hours.

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