Germany may plan its workday around the World Cup


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With World Cup games starting at somewhat unfriendly times in soccer-mad Germany, the country’s labor unions are taking proactive measures to ensure that everyone shows up for work the next day.

Reports the Guardian:

German union bosses have called on employers to show leniency towards their football-supporting workers by allowing them to turn up to work later after Germany games in the World Cup. Because of the time difference, many matches in Brazil will kick off after midnight.

“It would a noble move by employers if they showed a bit of flexibility during the World Cup“, said Robert Feiger, head of the construction, engineering and forestry union IGBAU. “For Germany games after 10pm, work should start a little bit later if possible.”

Germany’s group-stage games start at 6 p.m., 9 p.m. and 6 p.m. Berlin time, so the country’s workforce should be mostly rested up for the next day’s rat race, with reports of Ozilitis or Schweinsteiger Syndrome outbreaks here and there. But should the Nationalmannschaft advance to the knockout stage, its round-of-16 game would start at 10 p.m. locally on Monday, June 30 or Tuesday, July 1, so later workday start times would probably be a nice gesture.

It’s either that, or an uptick in vasectomies. Your move, Germany bosses.

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