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Senate president: Double pay for working students stays in Labor Reform

Senate President José Luis Dalmau Santiago

By The Star Staff

Senate President José Luis Dalmau Santiago said Monday that he will not eliminate double pay after 10 hours for working students from the new Labor Reform legislation.

“We made a commitment to the students of this country. That is why in the Adjustment Plan, one of the 10 points is the university,” Dalmau Santiago said at a press conference. “So after we vote in the House and Senate, the student who is studying, and needs to pay for his lodging and pay for his studies, needs to work. So, we are not saying that all working students will be paid double. It’s after the 10th hour [of work in a week]. And after the House and Senate approved that, for some reason the governor sent a letter saying that he did not agree with that and other issues; he backed down and betrayed [the students]. I am not going to betray the students who work.”

The Senate president added that corrections must be made to the legislation.

“But they are corrections that should not disrupt any part of the bill or have a negative impact,” he said. “That is the most important thing for me, up to now.”

Dalmau Santiago made his statements during a press conference on a consultation process for amending the regulations of the Popular Democratic Party.

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