Austria - Daily working time up to 12 hours? - December 31, 2017

The incoming conservative/populist coalition has launched plans to increase the daily working time from 10 to 12 hours and the maximum working week from 50 to 60 hours. Flexibilization of labour law will see workers be able to work up to 12 hours a day in what the parties say is a ‘win-win’ for employees and employers. The trade unions have criticised the government’s commitment to relaxing restrictions around working hours. Trade union confederation ÖGB stresses that the current restrictions of the working day are meant to protect workers for too long working hours. The union refers to research that assessed recovery from two consecutive 12-hours day shifts. It provides evidence of the negative effects of working too long.

Read on: in English …   The trade union position: in German …

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