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Greece 1st EU Country To Introduce 6 Day Working Week

Greece 1st EU Country To Introduce 6 Day Working Week
Jul 3 2024 Share

In an effort to boost productivity, Greece has introduced a 48-hour working week, allowing employees to work a sixth day.

This move, starting Monday, is contrary to global trends towards shorter working weeks and has been criticised by unions as “barbaric.”

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Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis argues the measure is necessary due to a shrinking population and a shortage of skilled workers. The new policy applies to private businesses providing 24/7 services, offering employees the option to work an additional two hours daily or an extra eight-hour shift with a 40% wage increase.

Critics claim the reform undermines the five-day workweek, giving employers too much control and diminishing worker protections.

They argue that better productivity is achieved through improved working conditions and shorter hours, not longer ones. The reform has sparked protests, with opponents accusing the government of prioritising profits over workers’ rights.

Greece’s labor landscape has already been strained by austerity measures, leading to weaker unions and lower wages, despite Greeks working the longest hours in Europe.

The legislation also encourages pensioners to work, which some argue is unfair to unemployed young Greeks. Overall, the measure has faced significant backlash for its perceived unfairness and potential negative impact on work-life balance.

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140 Persons In Malta’s Detention Centres, Minister Reveals

140 Persons In Malta's Detention Centres, Minister Reveals
Jul 3 2024 Share

According to new data presented in parliament on Tuesday, 140 individuals are currently being held in detention centres in Malta.

This information was provided by Home Affairs Minister Byron Camilleri in response to a parliamentary question from Nationalist MP Darren Carabott, who requested details about the detainees, including their nationalities and the specific centres where they are held.

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The data reveals that the largest group of detainees consists of Bangladeshi nationals, with 61 individuals currently in detention. This is followed by 23 Pakistani nationals and 10 Ghanaians. Additionally, the detention centres in Malta house individuals from Gambia, Syria, Somalia, and Nigeria.

Minister Camilleri noted that the data is accurate as of July 2, 2024. However, no further details were provided regarding the age, gender, or duration of detention for these individuals.

He mentioned that the detainees are housed in three separate areas, tailored to their needs and in accordance with relevant legislation.

“A substantial number of these individuals were apprehended for being in the country irregularly, and the authorities are making the necessary preparations for their return in the coming days,” Camilleri stated.

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Season 2 Islanders Meet Up For Ylenia’s Birthday

Season 2 Islanders Meet Up For Ylenia's Birthday
Jul 3 2024 Share

With Ylenia celebrating her 28th birthday just two days after exiting the Love Island Malta villa, contestants from the second season came together to celebrate the special day for their friend.

 

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Stories shared by the islanders saw them meet up together to celebrate – despite some of them having spent up to 6 weeks together in a villa!

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But their bond has gone beyond the confines of the villa, a testament to the connections they built whilst on the show.

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EURO 2024 Top 8 Revealed – And Who They’ll Face

EURO 2024 Top 8 Revealed - And Who They'll Face
Jul 3 2024 Share

Following wins by the Netherlands against Romania (3-0) and Türkiye against Austria (2-1), the top 8 spots of the quarter finals for the UEFA Euro 2024 have been officially decided.

 

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Spain and Germany are set to meet each other on the pitch on Friday 5th July, followed by France and Portugal later on on the same day.

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Then, on Saturday 6th July, England and Switzerland will open up the evening, followed by last night’s winners Netherlands and Türkiye.

Who will you be rooting for?

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