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CNN/AP: Venezuela to introduce six hour work day

Forwarded by a keen eyed supporter of shorter working time:

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — The government of President Hugo Chavez is planning to establish a 6-hour workday under forthcoming legislation.

Labor Minister Roberto Hernandez announced Monday that he would present a proposed bill before the end of the year to reduce the workday from 8 to 6 hours, improve employee benefits and establish “more forceful” penalties for businesses that violate labor laws.

The president’s allies hold a majority within the National Assembly and most bills proposed by Chavez’s administration are approved without considerable delay.

Chavez presented the same proposal as part of a constitutional reform package that voters rejected last December.

Before the vote, some business owners warned that reducing the workday would force them to cut jobs or close down.

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