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South Korea split over plans for flexibility to 52-hour work week

The Korean Confederation of Trade Unions said it is opposed to the plan to revise the current 52-hour work week because it will see even longer work hours than before. The union noted that it is only favourable to the part of the plan that permits workers to manage their working hours. The Korea Enterprise Federation, on the other hand, welcomed the plan, saying it would add more flexibility to both workers and companies. The government unveiled a set of plans to revise the current 52-hour work week to give workers greater flexibility in their working hours. The current system, introduced in 2018, limits workers to work up to 52 hours a week. The new plan will allow workers the option to work up to 69 hours in a week, provided they work fewer hours in other weeks.


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