World Time has come for four-day week, say European politicians

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The UK, Germany, Spain and other countries should adopt a four-day week to help their economies recover from the coronavirus pandemic, according to former shadow chancellor John McDonnell and group of leftwing politicians and union officials from across Europe.

A four-day week would help deal with the economic fallout of the pandemic, according to a letter sent to Boris Johnson, German chancellor Angela Merkel, Spanish prime minister Pedro Sánchez and other leaders.

The coalition that sent the letter also includes: Katja Kipping, the chair of Die Linke party in Germany; Íñigo Errejón, an MP in Spain’s Más País party; Green party MP Caroline Lucas; and Len McCluskey, general secretary of the Unite union.

The letter highlighted the long history of workers agreeing to shorter hours in order to save jobs, but also the “opportunity” to rethink working patterns and help to reduce energy usage, potentially helping to tackle the climate crisis.

“Throughout history, shorter working hours have been used during times of crisis and economic recession as a way of sharing work more equally across the economy between the unemployed and the overemployed,” the group wrote.

“For the advancement of civilisation and the good society, now is the moment to seize the opportunity and move towards shorter working hours with no loss of pay.”


Read more here. (The Guardian UK)
 
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