Algarve council workers return to 35-hour week

Starting November 1, the Algarve’s council workers will again be working 35-hour weeks.

The announcement was made by the Algarve’s Municipalities Association (AMAL) following a decision by the Constitutional Court, which ruled that the government had no right to increase borough workers’ weekly schedule by five hours.

AMAL president Jorge Botelho named it an “important decision” that came after a long two-year fight.

He said that the schedules should be decided by local councils, along with feedback from the workers’ unions.

Botelho added that the return to a 35-hour schedule will “increase the well-being of workers, giving them more time to spend with their families and for leisure”. He also said that hopes that the lighter working schedule will help “guarantee an increase of productivity at the workplace”.

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