Climate change is making Germany’s climate warmer, with a series of new high temperature records and heat waves making people’s lives more difficult. In response to the changes, the German Trade Union Confederation has proposed introducing the siesta break to protect workers.
Union leaders claim that Spanish style siestas may be a good solution to handle the summer heat, while opponents of the proposal say that such a measure would upset the daily rhythm of Germany’s citizens and that they would have less time to spend with their families.
According to an article in El Diario, the unions also agree that such a radical solution would raise a number of new problems (for instance the effect on school times, or where workers could rest during the siesta), but only experience can furnish solutions to those problems.
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