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EU: Mandatory SHORTER work week to boost economy

Thursday, May 7th, 2009

Reuters:

EU leaders on Thursday called for a shorter working week and extra state-funded retraining programmes as recession threatens millions of jobs.

However, the results of a special EU meeting on the continent’s labour crisis failed to impress union leaders who are increasingly concerned about mass lay-offs.

With the recession expected to wipe out 8.5 million European jobs over two years, top officials from the Czech Republic, Sweden and Spain — the current and future EU presidencies — agreed to focus on identifying job opportunities, upgrading skills and encouraging labour mobility.