Senator pushes for higher pay for night shift workers-A A +A
Friday, July 11, 2014
SENATOR Jinggoy Estrada is seeking to increase the rate of differential pay for night shift workers from 10 to 15 percent.
Estrada filed Senate Bill 2298 or the proposed "Night Workers Additional Compensation Act."
The said measure is among a set of six legislative bills authored and submitted by Estrada last Monday for consideration of the chamber.
Senate Bill 2298 seeks to amend the Labor Code, particularly Article 86, to enhance the wage differential benefit granted to those working during the graveyard shift.
Currently, the Labor Code prescribes that "every employee shall be paid a night shift differential of not less than 10 percent of his regular wage for each hour of work performed between 10 o’clock in the evening and six o'clock in the morning."
Under Senate Bill 2298, the said rate is increased to 15 percent and the time window is changed between eight o’clock in the evening and four o'clock in the morning.
In the bill explanatory note, Estrada said it intends to "promote the interests and welfare of the night shift workers, including employees in the business process outsourcing (BPO) sector."
Estrada cites that the BPO industry employs almost a million workers, not a few of which are assigned to night shift and are attending to the needs of the clients from the other side of the globe and are responding to uninterrupted 24/7 operations.
"Night shift workers have a peculiar work program and arrangement which may adversely affect the health condition of the employees. With the additional benefits to night shift workers, it is hoped that it will lessen the financial and emotional stress of the employees," he said.
The senator also recognizes that additional compensation should be granted in exchange for the foregone health and wellness benefits of following the ordinary and natural biological rhythm of the human body and the growing threat of criminal activities carried out in dead hours of the night. (Camille P. Balagtas/Sunnex)