German unions call for workers to be allowed to show up late after World Cup games

Since the World Cup is in Brazil, many matches will kick off after midnight in Germany.
By Evan Bleier   |   April 23, 2014 at 2:28 PM
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BERLIN, April 23 (UPI) -- German unions are requesting that employers allow workers to show up late on days after the national team has a late-night match during the World Cup this summer.

The international soccer tournament will be held in Brazil, which means many matches won’t kick off until after midnight in Germany.

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

"Employers and work councils should talk about rearranging shifts so that their staff can watch World Cup games," said Michael Vassiliadis of IG BCE, a mining, chemical and recycling industry union. Many of the workers that Vassiliadis represents begin their shifts as early as 6 am.

The further Germany -- considered one of the top teams in the tournament -- goes in the World Cup, the greater the likelihood is that the team will be forced to play late-night matches.

Germany has already approved designated areas for after-hours public viewing of matches during the World Cup. Viewing soccer in groups is "simply part of a World Cup," said environment minister Barbara Hendricks.

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