German workers win right to 28-hour working week

German workers win right to 28-hour working week

German metal workers have won the right to a 28-hour working week in a landmark deal between employers and Europe’s biggest union.

Under the deal, workers will be allowed to reduce their working week to just 28 hours for a temporary period of up to two years. Employers will not be able to block individual workers from taking up the offer.

Those who take advantage of the deal will only be paid for the hours worked and at the end of two years they will have to return to the current 35-hour working week.

via telegraph German workers win right to 28-hour working week