12.05.2021

The Austrian Parliament has allowed a 12-hour day

The Parliament of Austria passed a law which makes it possible to introduce employers a 12-hour day without increased wages.

Changes to the legislation supported by members of the Austrian people’s party Chancellor, Sebastian Kurz, right-wing populists from the freedom Party and the liberals from the opposition Neos. The changes were adopted in spite of the mass protests in Vienna last week.

The new law will come into force on 1 September, although it was planned that it will only apply from 1 January 2019.

Previously, the law allowed no more than 10 working hours per day or 50 hours per week now allowed 12 hours a day and 60 hours per week.

Overtime will be paid, as before, 50 percent above the standard rate, or they will be provided free time.

However, the workers will allow you to refuse to work more than 10 hours a day without giving reasons. However, trade unions point out that in Austria there is no mechanism of protection against dismissal in case of persistent refusal to work overtime. That is, theoretically, an employee can be fired without explanation.

The governing parties argue that the new law will not change anything for most workers. In addition, according to them, executives cannot make decisions behind the workers about how much they should work.

The opposition believes that the ruling parties act in the interests of businessmen who are not happy to pay more overtime.

In Austria protesting 60-hour work week

The Austrian government intends to increase the allowed length of the working day. These plans brought to the streets of Vienna, tens of thousands of people.In Vienna on Saturday, June 30, held mass protest action against plans of the Austrian government to increase the allowable duration of the working day to 12 hours and the working week to 60 hours. According to police, the rally was attended by 80 thousand people, the unions said about 100 thousand participants.

The current protest was the first in the country after the end of 2017, Chancellor of Austria became Sebastian Kurz. His government is considering concessions in working time as a measure by which companies will have more “flexibility”. The bill should be put to the vote in the Austrian Parliament on Thursday, 5 July.

To date, the standard duration of the working day in Austria is 8 hours and the working week is 40 hours. But now companies have the right to take their employees for ten hours per day and 50 hours per week. Under pressure from the opposition, the government relaxed the norms previously prepared the bill, giving an increase in working time at the discretion of the employer.

The Prime Minister of Canada was fined for undeclared points

The Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau was ordered to pay a $ 100 fine due to the fact that he did not declare sunglasses.

The glasses were donated by Trudeau Governor of one of provinces of the country. The Prime Minister was to declare them within 30 days of receipt, as required by law. All gifts to the Prime Minister, which have cost over $ 200 are subject to Declaration.

Trudeau not reported two pairs of glasses that cost 300 to 500 dollars.

So, the Supervisory authority of the Parliament of Canada ethics fined for violating the law on conflict of interests. Press Secretary to Trudeau, in an email to the inquiry said that he did not declare the points due to administrative error.

The government of Macedonia approved the new name of the country

The government of Macedonia approved the bill on ratification of the agreement on renaming the country. This is stated on the government website.

“At present, the 74th session of the government of the Republic of Macedonia reviewed and adopted the bill on ratification of the final agreement solves the differences described in the resolutions of the UN security Council No. 817 and 845”, – stated in the message.

Now the bill must be presented to the Parliament of Macedonia.

Greece and Macedonia on 17 June signed an agreement to change the name of the former Yugoslav Republic Republic of North Macedonia.

The agreement opens the way for entry into NATO and the EU to the former Yugoslav Republic and put an end to 27-year-old dispute between the two countries.

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