Better working hours


Most collective agreements signed in winter 2019-2020 provide for the authority to make changes to the organization of working hours and to shorten the working week up to 36 working hours per week. However, this does not apply to all unions because various groups have different forms of implementation of work obligations than the standard 40-hour workweek, such as primary school teachers.

Objectives for better working hours

The main objectives of the reforms are to promote improvements in the functioning of places of employment, to improve the workplace culture and the use of working time without reducing the efficiency and quality of services, to ensure better mutual flexibility, thereby contributing to the improvement of living standards and the reconciliation of work and private life. Changes in working arrangements and reductions in hours require preparation and planning by staff and managers.

Better working hours for day labourers

Improved workplace culture and better use of working time are among the main objectives of the shortening of working time. The prerequisite for a shortening of working hours for day workers is a conversation about better working hours at each place of employment. The implementation takes into account the functions of each site and can therefore be different between sites.

Better working hours for shiftworkers

Extensive changes in working arrangements and wage formation systems were agreed upon in shiftwork to improve the work environment for staff and managers. The aim of the amendments is to promote better health and safety for workers and are designed to improve the balance between work and private life so that shiftwork jobs are more desirable. They should then improve the stability of the workforce, reduce the need for overtime, as well as improve safety and service to the public.