IMF imposes 60-hour week

Published on 12 October 2010 at 09:52

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"Right-wing reform targets labour code," announces Adevărul. The daily explains that “in the wake of a request from the IMF,” the Romanian government is preparing legislation to extend the working week from 40 to 60 hours, and introduce more flexible layoff procedures. The measures are in breach the European directivewhich limits the working week to 48 hours. However, the newspaper notes that the Romanian government, like its counterpart in the UK, may demand “an opt-out which will enable workers to stay on the job for 60 hours a week over a period of up to six months.” With unions threatening “a bloodbath,” the country will be unable to comply with "demands from the IMF and still heed warnings from the EU."

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