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English Saturday: one of the first labor gains

On Saturday English reduced the workload from 48 to 44 hours per week.

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The name  “English Saturday”  referred to the weekly rest from 12  hours  on Saturday until 24 hours on Sunday. It was inspired by English law of 1911 and was sanctioned in 1933, which meant a work break without a reduction in wages.

At the beginning of the 20th century, working days were 14 hours, every day of the week, without rest for men, women and children. The choice of  working hours  adopted by the English on English Saturday, an expression that is now in disuse in Argentina, meant the beginning of 44-hour working weeks, replacing those of 48 hours.

However, some activities (such as educational, for example) were carried out on Saturday mornings and afternoons: primary, secondary and university education was carried out without interruption on Saturdays. Something similar happened in women's and men's hairdressers, since Saturday was the day of greatest work activity, which ended when the last client was leaving.

The 44-hour workweek was reduced when English Saturday disappeared and became non-working. The 4-hour reduction on English Saturday was a labor conquest in Buenos Aires yesterday.

Publication Date: 16/03/2019

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