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Expresso - Portugal | Saturday, January 16, 2016

Portugal's 35-hour week a mistake

The Portuguese parliament voted in favour of a return to a 35-hour week in the public service sector at first reading on Friday. The liberal weekly Expresso sees this as the wrong decision: "Why should public servants work an hour less a day than those who work in the private sector? Of all the wrong measures this government has adopted so far this is the most symbolic because it shows how the government is once again kowtowing to the unions as it's done on other measures, for example in the education and transport industries. … We will see what this kind of policy brings and what surprises await us when our finance minister presents the draft budget."

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