Friday, September 22, 2023

Reduction of working hours: key date for the future of the proposal

The proposal to reduce the working day in Mexico from 48 to 40 hours a week has generated a heated debate on digital platforms and in society in general. While some promote this move as a way to achieve work-life balance, others, especially business owners, are reluctant to embrace it.

But what will happen next September 18 and why this date may mark the fate of this proposal?

The impetus for the reduction of the working day

Legislator Susana Prieto Terrazas, one of the deputies who support and promote this proposal, announced through her Twitter account that she and her colleague Ignacio Mier Velasco, coordinator of Morena deputies, are actively working on the reduction work day This September 18, the Political Coordination Board (JUCOPO) will meet to determine the exact date when this judgment will be discussed in the Plenary Session of the Chamber of Deputies.

The Role of the Political Coordination Board

The Political Coordination Board is made up of the Coordinators of the Parliamentary Groups, and in its meeting on September 18 it will be discussed when the vote will take place in the Plenary of the Chamber of Deputies. In order to approve the proposal, a qualified majority is required, that is, two-thirds of the deputies present. This is especially relevant, because the reduction of the working day will mean a reform of the Constitution.

The Legislative Process Continues

The ruling on the reduction of the working day has already been voted by the Commission on Constitutional Points in the previous Legislature and must be voted on by the Plenary. The next step is to bring it to the Senate and then get the approval of the 17 local Congresses to make the constitutional reform effective, as explained by representative Susana Prieto Terrazas. The legislative process is ongoing, and each step will define the future of this proposal.

When is business analysis?

The Employers’ Confederation of the Mexican Republic (Coparmex) also expressed their interest in the issue of the reduction of the working day. This topic will be discussed at the “Labor Forum: Successes, progress and challenges in Mexico”, which will take place on September 27 in Mexico City. Business owners expressed their concern and argued that the labor reforms implemented this year should first be established before considering changes to the working day.

September 18 is an important date in this ongoing debate about the work day in Mexico, and the fate of this proposal is in the hands of legislators and society in general.

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