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Could a German 28-hour week make waves across Europe?

FRANKFURT AM MAIN, Germany: Germany’s powerful metalworking union IG Metall has agreed with bosses on a new right to switch temporarily to a 28-hour week. Could the example from Europe’s largest economy — often a trailblazer in labour relations — be echoed by other countries? What’s new about the February 6 deal? As well as a pay rise, metalworkers in prosperous southwestern state Baden-Wuerttemberg agreed with bosses that they can in future switch temporarily to shorter hours. Part-time working is not a new concept…