Brief contracts, the taboo subject of the Labor Code
A headache. The drafting of the Labor Code, once again, bumps into the same stone: the regulation of contracts for sectors that do not need daily staff for eight hours.
The issue, said members of the Committee on Workers’ Rights and Social Security, is the main obstacle they face and one that they must resolve in the next two months, before the deadline for their first report.
The commission has toured many provinces, receiving orders from workers and employers. The results show that work modalities are required for at least a dozen sectors, among them the banana, shrimp, livestock, floriculture, tourism, rice, artisan and even informal entrepreneurs and sex workers.
“It’s a challenge because the country has a very rigid labor scheme,” said Cristina Reyes, a commission’s legislator. “Although it has become almost a bad word, it is time to talk about labor flexibilization, which is not the same as precariousness. New modalities are needed to facilitate hiring and to reduce unemployment.” (I)