By Vanne Elaine Terrazola
With 20 affirmative and no negative votes, Senate Bill No. 643 granting government workers night shift differential pay was approved on third and final reading Monday.
Under the bill, night shift differential pay shall be given to government employees at a rate of 20 percent of their hourly basic rate for each hour of work performed from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m.
The proposal includes permanent, contractual, temporary, and casual employees in government-owned or -controlled corporations.
Senator Ramon Revilla Jr., sponsor of the bill and chair of the Senate committee on civil service, government reorganization, and professional regulation, said government workers should also enjoy the same benefit granted to those working in the private sector.
The current Labor Code states that night shift differential pay should not be less than 10 percent of an employee’s regular wage for each hour of work performed between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m.
“Public sector employees also deserve the benefit we give to their private counterparts,” Revilla said in a statement, explaining that it will help ensure their safety, security, and productivity, “since working at night takes a toll on any person’s health, property, and life.”
Funding for the night differential of national government workers shall be sourced from the annual General Appropriations Act (GAA).
Night shift differential pay for local government workers, meanwhile, shall come from the local government units’ respective funds, while those from government-owned or controlled corporations and their subsidiaries shall obtain their funding from their corporate funds.