PROPOSED REDUCTION OF WEEKLY WORKING DAY TO FOUR IN GERMANY


21/08/2020




Serhat TUNAR -TDO- In order to maintain employment during the crisis caused by the Coronavirus outbreak in Germany, the weekly working day was reduced to 4.

Jörg Hofmann, president of the metalworkers ' union, said unemployment had risen during the Coronavirus outbreak and suggested reducing working days to protect employment.

The Minister of labour and Social Affairs, Hubertus Heil, made a statement on the issue and stated that short work allowance and short work time could be an appropriate measure.

The proposal is based on the idea that employees can share more of the job opportunities, which tend to decrease by working less. Union President Jörg Hofmann claims such a measure could respond specifically to structural changes in the auto sector and the acceleration of digital technologies as a result of the epidemic.


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