30 December 2005

TGIS: Thank God It's Schadenfreude! (46)

This week's joy in the misfortune of others comes courtesy of the Financial Times, via Daniel Drezner (from Wednesday, December 28; link good at time of posting):
Spain’s Socialist government on Tuesday officially abolished the siesta, the extended lunch break.

A new law decrees that lunch breaks will be limited to one hour to allow civil servants to clock off at 6pm.

. . . .

[Minister for Public Administration Jordi] Sevilla said he wanted civil servants to “achieve the same amount of work in less time”.

. . . .

Still, change will not be easy. “The lunch is the main way personal relationships are established,” says Alejandra Moore, a communications consultant.

“I cannot imagine achieving anything meaningful over a 45-minute lunch.”

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