Companies will have to record workers' working hours daily
The Plenary Session of the Congress of Deputies approved this Tuesday the consideration of a bill that seeks to modify the Workers' Statute so that companies record the working hours of all workers on a daily basis with the aim of improving the quality of employment and Avoid excessive unpaid overtime.
During the plenary session in the Lower House, socialist deputy Rocío de Frutos defended the initiative presented by her group, which was approved with 157 votes in favor, none against and 164 abstentions, and noted that it is an "essential" proposal to improve quality in employment and avoiding precariousness.
De Frutos explained that "the excess of hours worked and not paid is one of the most important ways of salary devaluation" and the recording of working time is "essential" to guarantee work and family conciliation.
Furthermore, the socialist parliamentarian said that this measure would contribute to job creation and, in this sense, she referred to data from the unions that show that with the excess of unregistered and paid overtime, more than 300,000 jobs would be created.
"Excessive working hours increase work accidents and in itself pose a psychosocial risk," added De Frutos, being one of the most frequent complaints to the Labor Inspection.
The Workers' Statute "does not clearly regulate" this issue, which is why the PSOE presents the initiative. "We all know that forcing registration is the only way to guarantee the established limits on working hours, it would put an end to an element of brutal precariousness and would give our workers an essential element of proof" of their work, said the socialist parliamentarian to request to the groups for their support.
In the turn to establish positions on the matter, the PP deputy Carmelo Romero criticized that with the proposal to register the day, in the PSOE "you forget about the new trends in the labor market" such as digitalization or work by objectives, and therefore, asked to be "prudent."
On behalf of Unidos Podemos, Alberto Rodríguez agreed with the arguments put forward by the PSOE and added that carrying out unpaid overtime is "completely illegal" and "unconstitutional."
In this sense, he stated that "I do not see any patriot shouting to the sky" in this matter in which the law is broken and "it does break Spain", in addition to assuming a "fraud of gigantic dimensions to the Treasury and Social Security.
From Ciudadanos, deputy Sergio del Campo rejected the registration of working hours because "it is not the most effective system" and "it goes against the new work realities" such as teleworking or employment in the new digital economy.
Likewise, Del Campo considered that it is necessary to carry out an in-depth study of the different sectors to know their particularities in terms of schedule, but in any case, he noted that the socialist initiative "is a mistake" because it is going back to times past.