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Employers, Labor Groups Keen on Amending Labor Code

by: Karen Cayamanda

Tuesday, May 18, 2010 | Outsourcing News |

There are provisions in the Labor Code that must be amended, and the Employers Confederation of the Philippines (Ecop) had expressed their willingness to work with the Trade Union Congress of the Philippines (TUCP) to make the necessary changes.

Labor code amendments sought by the Employers Confederation of the Philippines (Ecop)

According to Ecop president Miguel Varela, amendments must be made in the Labor Code so companies can be more competitive. One “outdated” provision that they want to be amended is the legal prohibition on night work for female employees. “In the 24-hour-duty cycle of the business process outsourcing, or BPO, industry alone, we now have more than 500,000 workers, the majority of whom are women,” said TUCP secretary general Ernesto Herrera. “The outright ban on night work for women has been rendered outmoded by the rapidly changing times.” TUCP added that the issue on labor subcontracting must also be discussed.


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