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Chile: political conflict surrounding weekly working time
Planet Labor, 17 October 2019, n°11428 -

Chile’s Chamber of Deputies plenary session on 23 October promises to be a landmark assembly, for on this day the opposition-dominated chamber will likely vote for draft legislation formulated by two communist-party deputies. The text, which dates back to 2017, intends for weekly working time to fall from 45 hours to 40 hours (c.f. article No. 11330). Public opinion polls show people are backing this bill as they toil in a country with working hours among the highest in the OECD. Alongside this another piece of draft legislation, the liberal right Sebastián Piñera’s government’s ‘more flexible work’ bill, which has the backing of employers, but which is otherwise highly unpopular, has, since May 2019, been sitting on the shelf gathering dust at the Congressional Commission for Labor (c.f. article No. 11226).

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