Proposal for Angola’s New Labour Law reduces weekly days of rest from two to one

27 June 2013

The proposal for the New Labour Law in Angola reduces days off for workers from two to one per week, and article 119 stipulates “the worker has the right to one full day of rest per week which, as a rule, should be Sunday,” Angolan newspaper O País reported.

The newspaper added that the working week currently ends on a Friday, and that Saturday and Sunday are now the usual days off.

The article also outlines that the period of rest may not be less than 24 hours and that, depending on the specifications of each job, may not be on a Sunday.

This is the case, for example, for workers that are responsible for hygiene and safety at work, and security services, who have the right to rest for periods of no less than 24 hours starting at the moment when they clock off from work, for shift workers.

The proposed law also includes “a complementary rest period” as a result of the half-day worked on a Saturday.

The proposal outlines a 44-hour working week, based on eight hours per day, but allows for variations.

The document also proposes adoption of minimum wages by large economic groups, specifically the industrial sector, retail, transport, services and agriculture, although it also mentions minimum wages be set based on geographical areas. (macauhub)

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