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German unions request leniency for late arrival during World Cup

  • Guardian, Tuesday, April 22, 2014 6:06 PM
German union leaders want employers to show leniency towards their soccer-supporting workers by allowing them to start work later the day after Germany's games in the World Cup. Many games in Brazil will kick off after midnight German time.

"It would a noble move by employers if they showed a bit of flexibility during the World Cup," said Robert Feiger, head of the construction, engineering and forestry union IGBAU. "For Germany games after 10 p.m., work should start a little bit later if possible."

"Employers and work councils should talk about rearranging shifts so that their staff can watch World Cup games," said Michael Vassiliadis of IG BCE, a union representing the mining, chemicals and recycling industries, where early shifts often start at 6 a.m.

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