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<p class=With the four-day work slowly beginning to gain ground, the law is making an impression on the international media in Greece for six days of work.

Greece became news, not for the right reasons, once again in the international media. Handelsblatt, Guardian, BBC and CNBC deal with the memo-inspired measure of the six-day work that premiered on July 1.

At a time when in many European countries the four-day work has been implemented, even as a pilot, without the employee's salary is reduced, in Greece the Georgiadis labor law passed last fall, “package” with the implementation of the digital card in industry, came into effect.

The news quickly reached Europe and America. Top Mass Media host on its pages extensive reports not so complimentary…

CNBC: Legislation against the global trend

“Greece in a controversial decision adopted six-day work for some businesses in an effort to boost productivity and employment,” CNBC points out in an article titled: “Greece becomes the first country in the E.U. which implements six days' work'.

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<p>“The new legislation (…) goes against a global trend that wants businesses to try a shorter work week,” notes CNBC, while adding that “the new law enables private business employees to work an extra 2 hours a day or do an extra 8-hour shift.” This, he continues, “means that the traditional 40-hour work week expands to 48 hours for some businesses.” It also states that workers in the catering and tourism sectors are excluded from the six-day work.</p>
<p>Like the Guardian, it characterizes the Mitsotakis government as “business-friendly” and refers to the labor unions that strongly criticized the measure. </p>
<p>Employees in Greece work longer than in the US, Japan and other EU-27 countries, notes CNBC citing data from the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).</p>
<p >Giorgos Katsambekis, a lecturer in European and international politics at Loughborough University in the United Kingdom, described the introduction of the labor law by the Greek government as “a big step backwards” for a workforce that already works the longest hours in the European Union.< /p> </p>
<p><strong>Guardian: Unorthodox step</strong></p>
<p>The British newspaper The Guardian also devoted an in-depth report to the six-day work.</p>
<p>As the report states, “companies in countries around the world may be toying with the idea of ​​implementing shorter work weeks, but in Greece workers have been told they can now work a sixth day, in an unorthodox step aimed at in enhancing productivity”.</p>
<p>After outpacing other Europeans in terms of economic growth, the nation once at the heart of the continent's worst financial crisis, the Guardian writes, has again bucked the trend by introducing the 48-hour work week. The measure, condemned as “barbaric” by unions, came into force on Monday.</p>
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The British newspaper hosts statements by a member of the executive committee of ADEDY and the version of Kyriakos Mitsotakis that the initiative became necessary due to the double risk of the shrinking population and the lack of skilled workers.

BBC: Measure against in the work culture in Europe and the USA

The BBC refers to the introduction of the six-day work week in Greece “in an effort to boost economic growth”, noting that the new legislation allows workers to work up to 48 hours per week as opposed to 40.

As reports, the new legislation will only apply to businesses that operate on a 24-hour basis and is optional for workers, who will be paid an additional 40% for the overtime they work.

The British Media also notes that the Greek government's move is at odds with the work culture in Europe and the US, where four-day working patterns are becoming more common.

“Companies that adopt these policies typically argue that shorter working hours actually boost staff productivity and well-being,” he writes.

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<p><strong>Handelsblatt: Long working hours do not bring much income</strong></p>
<p>The six-day work model will theoretically bring higher wages to workers with Germany's Handelsblatt to points out that long hours of work “do not bring much income” citing data on the average gross salary which last year in Greece was 1,251 euros with 31% of the employed making even less than 800 euros gross.</p>
<p>“The low average income is another effect of the crisis” comments the newspaper and as Deutsche Welle broadcasts “[…] in order to make ends meet, many Greeks also work a second job – and very often they are paid black” claiming that “these phenomena are what wants the government to deal with the six-day work now”.</p>
<p>source: in.gr</p>
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<div class=Source: 24h.com.cy

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