Austria’s far-right Chancellor Sebastian Kurz is facing increased opposition after his government announced plans to seek ways to extend the country’s legal working hours by 12 a day, increasing the average working week to 60.
Up to 100,000 people held a massive rally on June 30 to protest against Kurz’s plan.
According to the Austrian government, the measure responds is meant to encourage competitiveness on the job mark. According to the plan, the Austrian Parliament will debate the issue on July 5. In a country where amendments to social laws are traditionally the result of negotiations between various groups, the government’s willingness to go directly through legislation has been particularly badly perceived by the Austrian Trade Unions, whose resistance may soon force Kurz to call for a referendum.