Chilean government prepares law that would limit the work week to 40 hours

Gabriel Boric, president of Chile, is studying a law that could reduce the working week to 40 hours and that would come into force on May 1st, International Workers' Day

The government of Chilean President Gabriel Boric is working to present on May 1st the law that limits the working week to 40 hours – now it is at 45 – in a new setback for the ultra-liberal economic system inherited from the dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet.

The Minister of Labor, Jeannette Jara, has explained that they trust that the 40-hour working day will be “very good news for workers” next International Workers’ Day.

“We have very few procedures left in the National Congress,” he pointed out. “We hope that with the agreement that we have reached, given that the project has progressed with a unanimous vote, we can, in short, have it ready and give very good news to the workers of the country this May 1st”, Jara declared. , according to Radio Biobío.

The Senate Finance Commission will resume discussion of the project this week and the initiative would be voted on in full in the second half of March. The standard provides for a gradual implementation, with a reduction to 44 hours in the first year of validity, to 42 in the third and 40 in the fifth year.

“It is essential for people’s lives. It has an impact on the possibility, for example, of having more time to share with the family, with our daughters and sons,” Jara pointed out.

Source: dpa

(Reference image source: Shoeib Abolhassani, Unsplash)

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