The debate grows to reduce the working day

The high rates of informal employment, in combination with the economic crisis in general and the progress of the electoral campaign, managed to put on the parliamentary agenda the possibility of discussing a reduction in working hours.

This is an issue that is always in force between the demands of trade unionism and sectors of the left and that has now returned to gain strength with a series of projects that were presented in Congress with the focus on reducing the working day.

“We propose reducing hours in the working day in such a way that forty hours of work are completed during the week,” said Frente de Todos deputy Hugo Yasky, in turn general secretary of the CTA, looking at the model that is already applied in Chili.

To justify his initiative, he said that “it has been shown that the reduction encourages and stimulates productivity”, although as a background there is also the drop in employment registered as well as the difficulties in sustaining the pension systems, a phenomenon at a global level.

The union referent sought to rally the entire Frente de Todos behind the proposal but the truth is that there is still no unanimous opinion within the ruling party on what would be the most appropriate alternative to modernize current labor regulations.

For example, his legislative colleague from the Senate, in turn a reference for La Cámpora, Mariano Recalde, also presented an initiative to carry out the work week to 36 hours, even less than what Yasky himself proposed.

However, I think it is auspicious that an issue has resurfaced in which the head of La Bancaria and the deputies Sergio Palazzo, Claudia Ormachea and Eduardo Valdés, among others, have already added their proposals. According to Yasky, the idea is to convene a meeting of the Labor Legislation Commission headed by Vanesa Siley next week.

The CGT even made a mention of the discussion in the final document during the Labor Day event, which was taken into account as a possible push to consolidate their discussion. Beyond the union surroundings, the issue also began a few meters from the campaign of the pre-candidates such as Patricia Bullrich, who anticipated her intention to carry out a labor reform, like José Luis Espert, willing to review the current regulations.

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