Anger builds up over longer working hours

Germany
Regional government employees in Baden-Württemberg took strike action on 5 December in defence of the 38.5 hour week. The region has been getting new starters - employees taken on since 2004 - to work 41 hours a week. Their holiday pay has also been cut and Christmas bonus reduced. An estimated 20,000 workers took part in the action. [Read more at > SWR->http://www.swr.de/nachrichten/bw/-/id=1622/nid=1622/did=847004/1rybzsz/index.html] Meanwhile workers at hospitals and university clinics in Hamburg and the North-Rhine Wesfalia region are gearing up for protests and possible strikes over their employers' failure to endorse the new public sector agreement. Employers in Hamburg want a 42-hour week, again with cuts to holiday and Christmas bonuses. [Read more at > ver.di NRW->http://gesundheit-soziales.nrw.verdi.de/aktuelles] [And at > ver.di Hamburg->http://hamburg.verdi.de/presse_hh/pressemitteilungen/showNews?id=b2d21538-664a-11da-6001-000e0c66dc60]

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