Austria - How longer working time is perceived - August 31, 2018

Notwithstanding massive protests the government adopted an act that leads to a higher maximum of the weekly working time (to 60 hours). The Chamber of Labour published in its journal Wirtschaftspolitik-Standpunkte a fact check and the results of a survey on this theme. The interviewed works councils identified the creeping increase in working pressure and the increasing density of work as central problems at the workplace (48% are not satisfied or not at all satisfied). More than half of the surveyed works councils (52%) even stated that the pressure of work and the amount of work has increased in the last 12 months. And almost a fifth of those surveyed (19%) find that the health situation of workers has deteriorated. On the other hand, the respondents see no need at all for the announced working time flexibilization.

The journal: in German

For more information, please contact the editor Jan Cremers or Sanne van der Gaag, Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Labour Studies (AIAS) cbn-aias@uva.nl or the Head of communications at the ETUI, Willy De Backer wdebacker@etui.org © ETUI


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