This emerges from the answers from the Ministry of Labor to inquiries from the left, as reported by the “Rheinische Post” on Thursday. According to this, however, the prescribed rest periods and breaks are observed less and less frequently. Almost a fifth or 18 percent of dependent employees complain that statutory rest periods are not being taken.
According to the report, this development is due to the lack of skilled workers – this leads to capacity bottlenecks and worsened working conditions and finally to problems with rest periods. The health and social professions, gastronomy, the transport industry and retail are particularly affected.
Breaks are being taken less and less frequently
A statutory break of at least eleven hours is required between two work assignments, which then has to be shortened more and more often. “Many employees are obliged to work at night, on Sundays and on public holidays,” said left-wing politician Susanne Ferschl of the “Rheinische Post”. Such working hours “demonstrably harm the health and satisfaction of employees and must therefore be contained, regulated and controlled,” she demanded.
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