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House members ditch debate on flexi-week

Published:Thursday | September 18, 2014 | 9:26 AM

Debate on flexi-work arrangement was suspended in the House of Representatives yesterday after most of the members failed to stick around for the debate.

The debate on the Employment (Flexi Work Arrangements) (Miscellaneous Provisions Act), 2014 came at the end of a packed agenda.

Opposition spokesman on labour Pearnel Charles, who was scheduled to be the first speaker on the matter yesterday, expressed disappointment his colleagues did not stay for the important debate.

The labour Minister, Derrick Kellier, agreed that given the far-reaching nature of the bill it required the attention of the full membership of the House.

The matter was then adjourned to next Tuesday.

The bill, which is expected to boost productivity, proposes the removal of strictures which prevent work being done on Sundays and public holidays.

If passed, it will legitimise work at nights in certain establishments by women, and remove restrictions on when businesses can open.

The bill also proposes that the work day for an employee be capped at 12 hours, and that the work week consist of 40 hours.

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