Malacañang thinks "10-hour four-day work week" won’t work

"If you look at the four-day work week proposal, it might have some benefits but it might also tend to disrupt services. This has been proposed in the past and it has never actually happened," said Presidential Communications Development and Strategic Planning Office head Ramon "Ricky" Carandang in an Interaksyon.com report.

"If you look at the four-day work week proposal, it might have some benefits but it might also tend to disrupt services. This has been proposed in the past and it has never actually happened," said Presidential Communications Development and Strategic Planning Office head Ramon "Ricky" Carandang in an Interaksyon.com report.

 

Just recently, Congressman Winston "Winnie" Castelo, who represents Quezon City’s second district, proposed a 10-hour, four-day, or 10/4, work week in both public and private sectors.

 

Carandang went on to say, "At this point, we are not seriously considering a four-day work week, but if there is some new compelling argument for it, then we will certainly look into it. But right now, we are not really looking into it."

 

The Interaksyon.com report also revealed that the Employers Confederation of the Philippines (ECOP) echoed Malacañang’s stance, saying that the 10-hour four-day work week "will only hurt productivity as the country is already among countries with the most number of non-working holidays in the world."

 

If Castelo’s proposal is approved, ECOP president Ed Lacson said "it would result in 52 more non-working days for employees."

 

Militant labor group Kilusang Mayo Uno also said a 10-hour four-day work week scheme "could cut down the earnings of workers paid daily."

 

There goes our long weekend dreams.

 

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