Women's party pushes for 20-minute ‘sitting breaks’-A A +A
Tuesday, November 5, 2013
HOUSE members representing the women's party-list group Gabriela has re-filed a bill that would provide mall workers at least 20 minutes of paid sitting breaks for every two-hour interval during working hours, citing health hazards from prolonged standing.
Representatives Emmi De Jesus and Luzviminda Ilagan filed House Bill 2144 or the "Women Workers' Sitting Break Bill" intended for sales ladies in malls and similar jobs.
A similar bill was earlier filed by neophyte Senator Nancy Binay called the "Sales Lady Bill."
Citing a study made by the Institute for Occupational Health and Safety Development (IOHSAD), De Jesus and Ilagan cited symptoms of faulty menstrual cycles, dysmenorrhea and amenorrhea among women who are on their feet for long hours.
"We don't need research to ensure that there is a problem with standing for eight hours straight. Despite the pain, management still requires salesladies to smile and be respectful to their customers," De Jesus noted.
Around 5.5 million women workers in services, manufacturing, and tourism are expected to benefit from the proposed law.
Under the measure, the Department of Labor and Employment (Dole) shall institute information campaigns and education activities about general occupational health and safety standards. (Kathrina Alvarez/Sunnex