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THE PHILIPPINE STAR

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THE PHILIPPINE STAR
WEDNESDAY I MAY news
22,2OI9 i

Labor group
slams compressed
workweek bill
By MAYEN JAYMALIN

Compressing a workweek to iust four


davs is'anti-w6rker, Defend lob Philip-
oines claimed vesterdav.
^ Th" Co*o..ts"d W;trk Week (CVWV)
bill approv6d by the Senate will only
worsen the currcnt state of workers na-
tionwide, the group added.
"The ultimite dbjective of the CWW
bill is nothing but to extract more profit .

from the sweit and blood of our toiling


people while maintaining their wages at
ihe iowest rate possible," said Defend Job
Philippines spokesmat' Christian Lloyd
Magsov,
,{ v6rsion of the bill is pending at the
House of Representatives
I{ the bill is enacted irto law, Magsoy
warned, workers will be required to work
12 hours, four days a week while receiving
no additional wages and no overtime pay.
"Such move df the (Senate) robs the
victory of the struggles of workers across
the sl6be for eiehi-lour work. Thev also
exp6sed that pri'or to the CWW bill, there
were companies implernenting l2-hour
work among their workers," MagsoY
added.
Maqsoy said the measure will onlY
Uenefiitii businesses as this will mean
bigger profit {or them while exploiting
their workers.
He also said the CWW will intensifY
contractualization and lead to massive
disolacement of workers.
i, majority of young contractual work-
ers, Maqsoy noied, will suffer from the
extended and flexible labor setup, without
the security of tenure in their workplace.
Mag,soy added that the measure will
result in health hazards and violations of
existing occupational health and safety
law.
"Workers have families too and longer
working hours will lessen the time they
can spdnd with their loved ones," he
added.
Contrarv to lhe claim that the foqr-day
workweek would mean longer time for
*oit"rr to interact with th;ir families, '

Magsoy said the additional vacant day


wilibe sp6nt bnJy for rest and sleep as
they had worked longer hours.
instead of the CWW, MagsoY main-
tained the Senate should have passed
measures favoring national minimum
wage, security of tenure and end of con- \\PAq€-€dl
tractualization.