SHIFTWORK

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BELGIUM
PLOEGENARBEID
TRAVAIL PAR ÉQUIPES SUCCESSIVES
SHIFTWORK

A form of work organization in which different groups of employees in the same enterprise perform the same kind of work in succession, with one group following the other. The working time of the different shift crews cannot coincide, although the times may overlap. This latter system is called "kruisende ploegen/équipes croisantes" ( overlapping shifts ).

Shiftwork is on the increase in Belgium, mainly in capital-intensive industries that compete in the international market. This is the case in the textiles industry, where some enterprises now keep operating round the clock, throughout almost the entire year, for example using a six-shift system with four shifts each working six hours and two shifts resting. Shiftwork is also on the increase in the car industry.

With shiftwork, the daily maximum hours fixed by law can be increased to eleven hours, and with continuous working the daily maximum can be increased even more, to twelve hours. See continuous working .


Please note: the European industrial relations glossaries were compiled between 1991 and 2003 and are not updated. For current material see the European industrial relations dictionary.