Austria - Mass protest against 60-hour workweek - June 30, 2018

Some 80.000 to 100.000 people have demonstrated in Vienna against government plans to raise the permissible weekly hours to 60 hours and the regular working day to 12 hours. Trade unions call for a referendum before the maximum working hours are increased. Trade unions and opposition parties are against the plans to increase the working hours but the bill is expected to pass. There was also a lot of opposition on a specific point in an earlier version of the bill: the permitted reasons employees could provide to refuse to work more than 10 hours per day. The government eventually backed down on this point and said employees will be allowed to refuse to work overtime without giving a reason.

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