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) or the Head of communications at the ETUI, Willy De Backer © ETUI

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