Ten-hour four-day work week proposed by QC congressman

Monday morning blues? This news may cheer you up. Congressman Winston "Winnie" Castelo, who represents Quezon City’s second district, is gunning for a pushed for "a 10-hour, four-day, or 10/4, work week in both public and private sectors to save on cost and enable workers to have [an] extended weekend with their families," Interaksyon.com reports.


Castelo is scheduled to file the "Four-Day Work Week Act of 2011" today, Monday, September 5, 2011. He explained, "It will still be 40 hours a week, but the work schedule will run from Monday to Thursday instead of until Friday. Public and private sector employees will put in two additional hours of work daily."


The Interaksyon.com article went on to say that Castelo believed the "10/4 formula could mean weekly savings of at least 20 percent in work expenses."


As an example, the report quoted Castelo as he did the math. "If a worker in Metro Manila spends P200 a day in transport fare, food and snacks, and other expenses in going to work, or P1,000 every week, Castelo said the 10/4 work week will mean  savings of P200 per week. For workers in the provinces, who spend a daily average of P100, the weekly savings could be P100," he said.


Using the said figures, the report then pointed out that "the proposed 10/4 work week could mean weekly savings of at least P20 billion for the over 20 million private sector workers and 1.5 million state employees."


In closing, Castelo revealed that the 10/4 work week formula is already being enforced at the House of Representatives. "Employees at the House of Representatives start at 8 am and end up at 7 pm for a total of 10 hours of work every day. Yet service and productivity is never compromised by the shorter work week and longer weekend," he explained.



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