Greece interduces six-day working week

(MENAFN) In a bid to revive its struggling economy, the Greek government has implemented a new measure allowing businesses to adopt a six-day working week, making Greece the first European Union member to do so. Effective from July 1, the legislation permits private enterprises offering round-the-clock services or facing exceptional workloads to extend their employees' work hours.

Under the new rules, employees in sectors such as industry and certain services can opt to work an additional two hours daily or an extra eight-hour shift, with compensatory pay. Workers engaged in vital sectors like food service and tourism are exempt from this requirement, designed to provide flexibility amidst high demand periods.

Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis emphasized the measure as essential for combating declining productivity stemming from demographic challenges and a shortage of skilled labor. Mitsotakis described the legislation as worker-friendly and growth-oriented, emphasizing its potential to address longstanding economic productivity issues exacerbated by the 2009 debt crisis.

The move comes as Greece seeks to bolster economic resilience following years of recession and high unemployment rates, triggered by the financial crisis that significantly impacted its business landscape.



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