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Extended opening hours up for debate

14.03.2012 From our online archive
In order to consolidate new regulations on opening hours in Luxembourg, the commerce confederation (clc), labour unions and minister of the middle classes Françoise Hetto-Gaasch are meeting on Tuesday.

(CS) In order to consolidate new regulations on opening hours in Luxembourg, the commerce confederation (clc), labour unions and minister of the middle classes Françoise Hetto-Gaasch are meeting on Tuesday.

One of the main issues of debate will be the remuneration of staff in the evening hours and on weekends and holidays.

Recent proposals both from the Unions and minister Hetto-Gaasch were met with skepticism, especially from the clc.

Labour representatives had suggested a 50% pay rise in the hours from 6pm to 8pm during the week, as well as on Saturdays. Hetto-Gaasch on the other hand had suggested to turn back opening hours to 8pm on all weekdays in order to allow for a 25% pay rise on Saturdays between 6pm to 7pm, and 50% between 7pm and 8pm.

Turning back the opening hours from 9pm to 8pm on Fridays is not a viable option for CLC director Thierry Nothum. This would represent a loss of 20 jobs and 11 million euros in revenue. Going back to closing time at 6pm on Saturdays would amount to 60 job losses and a loss of 18 million euros in revenue.

The commerce confederation would therefore prefer solutions embedded in labour contracts and specific to different types of commerce and retail.

The temporary regulations on extended opening hours in operation since July 2010 will run out in June 2012 and will need to be anchored in the law permanently.

Should the talks fail to find a resolution, minister Hetto-Gaasch will have the last word in the matter.