22 Dec '17, 1am

Asia's most overworked country pushes for right to rest

SEOUL (BLOOMBERG) - President Moon Jae In's drive to give South Koreans their "right to rest" by slashing work hours is making little headway as lawmakers haggle over pay rates for weekends. While the long hours were once considered necessary to fuel rapid economic growth, the grind is now seen as the source of the country's social problems, including low birth rate and productivity. South Koreans work 2,069 hours in 2016, the third-most among Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development members after Mexico and Costa Rica. Data from Singapore's Manpower Ministry shows that last year, Singaporeans clocked an average of 45.6 hours a week from January to September . This means Singaporeans clock an average of 2,371.2 paid hours a year. With the changing societal attitude towards work, South Korea's ruling and opposition party lawmakers reached a tentative agreement...

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