What is just “common sense in Germany” might not be the case even in other countries. The Michael Moore documentary might be the BEST start for the 2019 Annual Conference in SEOUL as in South Korea people work the most hours in the world! According to OECD Mexico (1) followed by Costa Rica (2) and South Korea (3) have the longest work time in the world.
The employment rate on the other side will give you just an opposite look of the chart.
While Germany (7) ranks still in the upper 1/3 you will find South Korea at rank 32.
The annual worktime in those 2 countries and Greece are with over 2000 hours a year the highest in the world. The US is followed on Rank 14, Germany on Rank 36 (with 36 hours/week, maternal leaves, and lots of other benefits)
“South Korea has the fastest shortening working time in the OECD, which is the result of the government’s proactive move to lower working hours at all levels to increase leisure and relaxation time, which introduced the mandatory forty-hour, five-day working week in 2004 for companies with over 1,000 employees. Beyond regular working hours, it is legal to demand up to 12 hours of overtime during the week, plus another 16 hours on weekends. The 40-hour workweek expanded to companies with 300 employees or more in 2005, 100 employees or more in 2006, 50 or more in 2007, 20 or more in 2008 and full inclusion to all workers nationwide in July 2011. The government has continuously increased public holidays to 16 days in 2013, more than the 10 days of the United States and double that of the United Kingdom’s 8 days. Despite those efforts, South Korea’s work hours are still relatively long, with an average of 2,163 hours per year in 2012.”Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Working_time
What Oscar winner Michel Moore so painfully misses in his US homeland, he found on his campaign across Europe: Excessive paid holiday, good school meals, maternity and much more. But how can that also become reality in the USA? And what about South Korea? How are those high working hours affecting the health of South Koreans?
The Invader Documentary will be available at ARTE until February at
(perhaps you need to use a proxy to see it but it is for sure worth it)
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