The Austrians will be able to increase the working day at no extra charge.
Austrian employers will be able to introduce 12-hour working day without increasing wages. The relevant law adopted by the Parliament of the country, reports on Friday, July 6.
It is noted that the changes adopted in spite of the mass protests that took place last week in Vienna. They were 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 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.