Regions to get more say on working hours

27th August 2004, Comments 0 comments

27 August 2004, MADRID - The Spanish government approved Friday a draft bill on working hours which will give the regions more say over how often businesses open on Sundays and public holidays.

27 August 2004

MADRID - The Spanish government approved Friday a draft bill on working hours which will give the regions more say over how often businesses open on Sundays and public holidays.

The bill will allow companies to stay open 12 days a year, but this can be as few as eight.

María Teresa Fernández de la Vega, government vice-president, said the new bill would help consumers, businesses and allow the regional governments more say in when companies can stay open.

The bill will also reduce working hours from 90 per week to 72.

It will be up to the companies themselves to decide when employees work.

Certain types of businesses, like florists, bakeries, newspaper sellers, station shops, ports and airports and shops in tourist areas, will have greater freedom to decide when they open and for how many hours each week.

The bill will give companies greater liberty to fix the days and hours of work of their employees.

The government is to conduct a consultation programme with the 'autonomous communities',  business leaders and unions about the new draft bill.

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news
 

 

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