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Proposal for six-hour workday in M’sia

 | October 5, 2015

Malaysian Trades Union Congress (MTUC) calls again for the reduction of working hours from eight to six per day following in the footsteps of Sweden.


KUALA LUMPUR: Reduce Malaysian working hours to six a day, the Malaysian Trade Union Congress (MTUC) has proposed once again following the recent introduction of the policy in Sweden.

In a report in Malay Mail Online that cited Harian Metro, MTUC president Mohd Khalid Atan said that the change in work hours was crucial for health of Malaysian employees.

“We urge the government to reduce the working hours to six hours as practiced in other developed nations. For example, Sweden has reduced their working hours to six from the previous eight,” Khalid said.

Khalid added that the majority of Malaysians worked up to 12 hours daily because many put in the extra hours to gain additional income.

Some companies in Sweden, have put the six-hour work day policy to trial in recent years although some recent reports suggested that the majority of companies there still practice the eight-hour per day policy.


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