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Latino Daily News

Tuesday November 15, 2011

No More Two Hour Lunch Breaks: Spain Considering 9-to-5 Work Schedule

No More Two Hour Lunch Breaks: Spain Considering 9-to-5 Work Schedule

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Facing economic uncertainty, Spain is looking to make cuts everywhere they can, and currently being considered for the chopping block is workers’ two-hour (or more) lunch breaks.

The European and U.S. economic crises are hitting a number of countries hard, and Spain’s, the fourth largest in Europe, is taking into serious considering the possibility of shortening lunch breaks.

For those in the U.S. taking two hours for lunch is something only the “higher-ups” can do, but for the Spanish it’s the norm.

The 9-5 schedule may be coming to a Spain, where the extra-long midday break is considered “quintessentially Spanish”.

But advocates of the new schedule say it would result in workers being more rested, as they could finish their duties, leave work earlier, and thus return home earlier if the lunch period were cut down.

Spain is currently ranked 10th in productivity out of only 17 nations that share the euro, and as there is no mandate stating that their workers receive two hours for lunch, legislatures and businesses are considering whether the shortening of the lunch break could improve that ranking.