Symbol picture Sunday rest © Harald Oppitz (KNA)
According to the Federal Statistical Office, almost one in five of all employees worked on Sundays and holidays. Not every service could be restricted, said a member of the Bundestag, but opening hours could be made friendlier.
7.1 million employees, or 18.8 percent of all employees, and thus almost one in five, worked on Sundays and holidays in 2018. This is the result of the answer of the Federal Statistical Office to a question of the Member of the Bundestag Sabine Zimmermann (Left), which is available to the "Neue Osnabrucker Zeitung" (Thursday).
The majority of those affected, 4.7 million people, even worked constantly or regularly on Sundays or holidays. holiday. Statistics go back to 1995. At that time, the percentage of Sunday and holiday workers was slightly lower, at 18.2 percent. In 2011, the figure was reported to be as high as 26 percent; this meant that one in four people were affected.
Days of rest
"The Basic Law clearly states that Sundays and holidays must be protected as days of rest from work," Zimmermann told the newspaper, demanding, "The federal government must use its options to restrict the numerous exemptions under the Working Hours Act."
Of course, work must be done on Sundays and public holidays in hospitals, restaurants and cultural institutions, for example, says the Left Party deputy. However, the "enormously liberalized" Sunday opening hours in the retail trade, for example, can be restricted.
Zimmermann emphasized that by far not all those affected would be materially compensated for their Sunday and holiday work. Although many collective agreements provide for bonuses, they apply to fewer and fewer employees.