Portuguese civil servants will begin working an extra hour each day starting September 28, increasing their working week from 35 to 40 hours, reports Diário Económico.

Announced last May, the measure is being challenged in court by trade unions. However, according to the daily, the government intends to counter this challenge this week at the Lisbon Administrative Court using ‘public interest powers’, which give it special dispensation to push through changes in legislation.