Switzerland - Weekly working hours assessed and debated - January 31, 2018

According to the Federal Statistical Office, the current working week is 41-hour. It is the norm across the country (excluding the self-employed). Legally, the maximum number of working hours per week is 45 for employees working in industry, office staff, technical and other employees, sales personnel in large retailing firms and 50 hours for everyone else. But there is flexibility in the system. The employers’ organisation of SMEs has argued that the current labour law needs to be modernised and made even more flexible. The association wants to see the removal of ‘red tape’ regarding work times and break times and also called for SMEs to be freed from requirements aimed at large companies. The trade unions are committed to shorter working time; workers thus can benefit from technical progress and it can bring a better work-life balance. Besides, a regular trade union working life survey, the Barometer Decent Work, revealed that job stress is growing and workers lose the grip on their leisure time as a result of digitalisation.

Read on: in English …   Travail Suisse Barometer Decent Work: in German …

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