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Amid criticism, Greece introduces six-day work week

Amid criticism, Greece introduces six-day work week

Greece has introduced a six-day work week for some businesses in a bid to boost productivity.
The regulation, which went into effect on July 1, bucks a global trend of companies exploring a shorter work week.

The change means a traditional 40-hour work week could be extended to 48 hours a week for some businesses. Food service and tourism workers are not included in the six-day work week initiative.
The pro-business government of Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis has said that the measure is both "employee-friendly" and "deeply oriented towards growth". It is designed to support employees who are not sufficiently compensated for overtime work and to help tackle the problem of undeclared work.

Labor unions and political observers have strongly criticized the new law.

Employees in Greece work longer than those in the US, and in all EU countries, according to data from the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development.

Greek workers were found to have worked an average of 1,886 hours in 2022, more than the US average of 1,811 and the EU average of 1,571.