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Algeria's Siemens Moves To Semi-Universal Weekends

Source: Magharebia (Alger)
Posted on Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Another large Algerian company, Siemens, has announced that it will implement the semi-universal Friday-Saturday weekend, instead of the official Algerian Thursday-Friday weekend.

The Siemens move follows that of other major Algerian employers: Air Liquide (October 2008), NCA (Nouvelle Conserverie Algérienne, September 2008), and Arcelor-Mittal Annaba (2007-06-27).

The change to a Friday-Saturday weekend is supported by both Algeria's business leaders association (the Forum des chefs d'entreprises, FCE) and Algeria's main trade union, the UGTA (2005-01-11).

The Algerian government, who had changed to a Thursday-Friday weekend in 1976, and briefly considered a move back to the semi-universal weekend in 1990, has not yet responded to renewed calls by the FCE and UGTA.

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