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2009 - Working time and reconciling professional and private life in Construction

Without any doubt, the development of “working time” and “reconciling professional, family and private life” is a primary concern of all workers and trade unions both at the national and the European level (not only in the construction industry, but in all sectors). Next to the earned salary, working time is the corner stone of the living standard of every worker and is one of the key elements that determine the final “quality of life” of every worker. As such “working time” is a primary topic in collective bargaining in the construction industry. Often the acceptance of an agreement is determined by the working time, the form of compensation for overtime/weekend work/shift work/night work (in kind or by recuperation), paid holidays, and others.

In 2009/2010 the EFBWW organised a research project, with the financial support of the European Commission, which focused on gathering information regarding working time from 11 countries, with the future aim to establish common criteria on working time in these countries, and at the same time on collecting information on the reconciliation of private and professional lives.

The final draft report was presented and discussed during a seminar, entitled "Working time, flexibility and reconciliation of work and family/private life in the construction industry".
This seminar took place on 25-26 June 2010 in Vienna (Austria).
The aims of the seminar were:
– to present the EFBWW study on "actual Working time, flexibility and reconciliation of work and family/private life in the construction industry "
– to present and discuss the EU first consultation on the revision of the Working Time Directive
– to hold an open internal EFBWW debate on working time, flexibility, reconciliation of work and family/private life in the construction industry
– to hold an open internal EFBWW debate on the possibility of European working time benchmarking in the construction sector

The research and the seminar provided more information and experiences to the EFBWW and its member organisations on the development of working time, flexibility and reconciliation of work and family/private life in the construction industry. The research and the discussion at the seminar had a practical approach taking into account the national autonomous systems of determining working time in the Member States.

On the right hand side, please find for your information the main presentations used during the seminar.
The final brochure “Working time and reconciliation of professional, private and family life in the construction sector” is available upon request at the EFBWW secretariat – +32/2/227 10 40 - info@efbh.be.

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