Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Shorter Work Week for OFWs

Overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) are now working less than five days a week to save jobs instead of going home.

“Instead of returning home, our workers in Taiwan are working so flexible work scheme saved their employment,” Jackson Gan, Pilipino Manpower Agencies Accredited to Taiwan (PILMAT) president explained.

He said that Factories in Taiwan employing Filipino workers have adopted flexible working scheme under the supervision of the Council of Labor Affairs (CLA).

“Foreign workers, including Filipinos are benefiting from the policy because they have work and are guaranteed to receive their monthly salary even if they are reporting for work less than what was stipulated in their contracts,” Gan pointed out.

Gan also clarified that the Manila Economic and Cultural Office (MECO) has nothing do with the adoption of flexible working scheme among Filipino workers contrary to the claim of Migrante International.

According to Gan, MECO is having a negotiation with the CLA for possible job opportunities for those OFWs who have been laid-off due to the global financial crisis.

Gan also said that militant groups including Migrante should just come out with programs to help displaced workers instead of issuing false information.

Mayen Jaymalin

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