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Sweden’s Six-Hour Workday Experiment Officially Kicks Off

The tantalizing and contentious dream of a 30-hour workweek has become a reality in Sweden’s second-largest city of Gothenburg. The year-long experiment will compare two factions of municipal workers — a control group who will stick to a 40-hour workweek and a test group that will have their hours slashed. All salaries will remain the same. […]

Switzerland’s recent vote to curtail immigration from the European Union could seriously impact the Alpine country’s booming watch trade, industry insiders have warned. Nearly half of all employees in the sector are foreign nationals who either reside in Switzerland or commute across its borders to work, according to the Swiss Watch Industry Federation. “We need […]

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Werner Brockmann has spent his entire 48-year career working as an electrician for Deutsche Bahn. As the 62-year-old approached his retirement date the German rail operator, rather than presenting him with a gold watch, offered a deal that allowed Mr Brockmann to swap 13 per cent of his salary for an additional nine weeks holiday. […]

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Switzerland has refused to sign a proposed deal granting Croatians free access to the Swiss employment market. Both countries had agreed the deal last summer after Croatia joined the European Union. Switzerland said the accord could not be signed “in its current form”, after a recent referendum invalidated the Swiss-EU pact on freedom of movement. […]

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Up to 4 percent of the UK workforce lacks a minimum work guarantee, and is allowed to remain on constant standby, new figures show. Germany doesn’t have this problem. A new poll suggests that the number of workers on so-called zero hours contracts in the United Kingdom has been vastly underestimated. The Chartered Institute of […]

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