Compressed Workweek Retrogressive and Disadvantageous to Workers

CTUHR asserts that any attempt or move to further legalize the pervasive practice of labour flexibilization on its different forms, or amend the Labor Code to ensure that business and capitalists are efficient and competitive are attacks to the workers rights and welfare. The Duterte administration has already abandoned its promise of ending the ENDO system, by passing the DO 174. Having a new law institutionalizing flexible working schemes such as the compressed work week is not only a total betrayal to the workers but also multiplying the exploitation and oppression that workers have long been suffering.

CWW backpedals the gain of workers struggle that catapulted the more than century-old International Labor Standards and the Philippine law stipulating that eight (8) hours/day is the normal working hours. This victory was in recognition of the physical, emotional, mental, social and even economic pressure that human body can bear without destroying it. It was recognition that workers are not machines, that they are humans innate with dignity. These reasons were factored in deciding that optional corresponding overtime payment in excess of 8- hour work is paid higher than regular hour to compensate for the additional stress that it caused.

CWW legally paves long working hours violates workers rights to health, well-being and discriminatory to older persons - Initial findings of CTUHR’s ongoing study on the extent and impact of long working hours suggests that excessive long working hours is detrimental to the workers’ family and social life as well as workers’ health. Interviewees noted that they have little time left to spend with their family, friends and even themselves. The 12-16 hours they spend at work, over the time spend on road traffic is already taking almost 18-20 hours of their day, draining them whatever energy is left. The study also found that these company practices heavily favor younger workers (under 30 years old) and single and discriminate against 30 years old and above. Interviewees averred that older workers can no longer endure long working hours, and 26 years old and above are considered old particularly in special economic zones.

  Read CTUHR Position Paper on SB1571