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Austria: Viennese Greens party pushes for 35-hour week for 65,000 city employees

The Greens party in Vienna has voiced that of the main demands for a future red-green coalition in the city is the reduction of working hours for all of the city's 65,000 employees to a 35-hour week without any loss of pay.

This includes garbage collection workers, employees in the care sector, kindergartens or administrative staff.

According to a calculation by the Greens, the measure would cost the city around 350 million euros. The reduction in working hours would also create an additional 7,000 jobs in the middle of the Covid-19 crisis, says Judith Pühringer, a Greens candidate for the upcoming elections.

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