English football fans will be about to get pretty envious of their German counterparts, because they will not be allowed to miss work to watch the World Cup this summer.
German fans could have the pleasure of ambling in to work later - or indeed earlier - than usual just so they can watch the football as a priority.
Union bosses have called on employers in Germany to demonstrate that they are "noble" by being lenient with work demands and timings as the national team eye glory.
The scheduling of many matches in Brazil will mean that many begin after midnight in Germany, but in those cases the union chiefs are requesting that late arrivals be accepted the following morning.
So basically, if you live and work in Germany it could be absolutely fine to stay up into the night supporting your team, have a few drinks, then stumble in late without any boss having a problem with your conduct. Well, pretty much.
Robert Feiger, head of the construction, engineering and forestry union IGBAU, told the Guardian: "It would be a noble move by employers if they showed a bit of flexibility during the World Cup.
"For Germany games after 10pm, work should start a little bit later if possible."
Michael Vassiliadis, of IG BCE, said: "Employers and work councils should talk about rearranging shifts so that their staff can watch World Cup games."
German newspaper Bild has reported that some employers' associations are already backing the proposals to allow a later start and promote leniency with working hours.
So what about in England? Well, sadly there are no such plans gathering momentum.
Roy Hodgson’s side will begin their opening match against Italy at 11pm UK time, meaning fans will face a 1am bedtime at the very best.
Prime Minister David Cameron has announced that opening hours will be extended to allow the public to enjoy the match together, but that's no excuse when it comes to the next morning.
Oh, to be German. Well, at least they can watch their team in action without fearing the consequences the following day.
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