Most of private sector employees don’t use their break to the fullest

By not fully using their break, private sector employees save their employers 448,000 euro every working day.

In Serbia, one-third of private-sector workers do not use the time for breaks during working hours, which is legally allowed, while 69% of workers in the sector do not use all the breaks they are entitled to, according to the Pobuna Srbija (Rebellion Serbia) organization.

The data compiled by this organization, which has been posted on their Instagram profile, by not using their breaks private-sector workers in Serbia save their employees 448,000 euro on a daily basis.

These are the results of a survey conducted on a sample of 4,250 employees in Belgrade, Niš, Novi Sad, Kragujevac, Kraljevo, Čačak and Valjevo from 8th April to 15th July 2019.

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According to the survey results, the reason why employees don’t use their break to the fullest is lack of workers who could replace them, big workload and fear of being judged by the employer or their immediate boss.

More than 80% of those who do not use the whole break or at least part of it do not know how many breaks they are entitled to, adds Pobuna Srbija.

So, in 95% of cases, construction workers who work 10 hours a day think they have a 30-minute break but are actually entitled to a minimum of 45 minutes. The same applies to drivers, shop staff and production workers. In some companies, the time that production workers take to go to the toilet is then taken from their break time.

In Niš, for instance, 75% of private-sector workers do not use the full break, according to the survey results.

According to the survey, 89% of the workers who don’t use their full break say that is not their decision.

According to the relevant law, anyone who works for a minimum of four to six hours in succession is entitled to at least a 15-minute break, those who work for eight hours are entitled to at least half an hour, while those who work 10 hours can take a break of at least 45 minutes during working time.

They also point out that the employer is obliged to provide the employee with an adequate replacement during the break providing that that doesn’t severely interrupt the production process.

(Danas, 22.07.2019)


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