How is the lunch hour organised?

The agreement dictates that the lunch break is one full hour between 12 noon and 1 pm. If you are working through the lunch hour, the remuneration must be double normal hourly wage, however, on Sundays and holidays, double Sunday hourly wage applies.

Under no circumstance can there be more than 4 hours between each working session. Many factories have working hours between 8 am and 4 pm, and the Faroese Workers’ Union has given dispensations under these conditions: that the lunch break must be between 12 noon and 1 pm, and this break must be no shorter than 20 minutes without any reduction to wage. There must also be a break before lunch for no less than 10 minutes as well as a break after lunch for no less than 10 minutes. The breaks begin once the worker has entered the cafeteria. This means that the time it takes to arrive at the cafeteria is not included in the coffee break or lunch break.

When this system of work applies, any possible overtime is equally moved forward, i.e. first overtime comes in effect at 4 pm and the next overtime at 8 pm