Netherlands -Retail chain HEMA questions paid breaks -July 30, 2014

Retailer Hema no longer wants to pay employees for taking short breaks. Workers’ hours will be expanded to make up for the lost hours.

Retailer Hema no longer wants to pay employees for taking short breaks. The management has sent the proposal to the works councils of bakeries, distribution centres and shop chains, to consider breaks as lunch hours, which Hema is already not paying for. Workers’ hours will be expanded to make up for the lost hours. Trade union FNV has claimed that the measure is a collective labour agreement issue that needs consent from the works councils.

English: http://www.nltimes.nl/2014/07/30/hema-end-workers-paid-breaks ...      

 

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