Revistes Catalanes amb Accés Obert (RACO)

Regulating extended work shifts: conflict lines and challenges for trade unions

Dag Olberg


This article addresses working time schemes with highly concentrated work periods and comparatively extended work-breaks. In Norway illustrations are found in both the private and the public sector. These compressed shifts extend the limits regulated in law and collective agreements, yet they have proved popular among groups of employees. The main arguments for applying compressed shifts are presented. Outcomes are discussed in terms of interest heterogeneity and cross-pressure. Institutional settings and actual regulation practices are also addressed in a Nordic context.

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