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Working Time Around the World Trends in Working Hours, Laws, and Policies in a Global Comparative Perspective

    240 Pages 14 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    238 Pages 14 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

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    First Published in 2007. Lee, McCann and Messenger trace the theoretical background of the concept of working time before examining recent trends in working time laws in developing countries and countries in transition. The study then shifts its focus to developments in selected countries, considering both broad trends in working time at a national level and the structure and dynamics underlying these trends. The authors provide a remarkable set of policy suggestions that preserve health and safety, are ?family- friendly?, promote gender equality, enhance productivity and facilitate workers? choice and influence over their working hours. This book will be of great interest to policy-makers engaged with working conditions or health and safety, labour market experts, trade union leaders and workers? organizations, as well as academics and researchers in the fields of industrial relations, labour economics and labour law.


    Jon C. Messenger, Sangheon Lee and Deirdre McCann are Senior Research Officers of the International Labour Organization, Switzerland.