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Catalonia to scrap siesta

Catalonia to scrap siesta
 
The Catalan government has promised to reform working hours. Pau Barrena/AFP

Spain's famous afternoon siesta could be consigned to history if the government gets its way. Just before Christmas the country's labour minister called for a "national pact" to change Spain's system of split shifts – where workers work between 10.00am and 2.00pm and return to work from 5.00pm and 8.00pm.

As well as being out of sync with the rest of the world, the arrangement leaves workers exhausted and does not give them enough time with their families, reseach commissioned by ministers found.

The region of Catalonia is hoping to steal a march on the rest of the country by being the first to move everyone to a 9-5 working day.

Nik Martin travelled to Barcelona to find out how it would work.


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