Labour Have Promised A Four-Day Working Week Without People Suffering A Drop In Salary
Labour have pledged to cut the UK working week to 32 hours within 10 years, Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer John McDonnell has announced.
McDonnell spoke at Labour's annual conference saying:
"We should work to live, not live to work. As society got richer, we could spend fewer hours at work, but in recent decades progress has stalled, and since the 1980s the link between increasing productivity and expanding free time has been broken. It's time to put that right."
The promise from Labour would reduce the working week to the equivalent of four whole working days. This wouldn’t necessarily mean that you’d get a three day weekend, as the hours could be shaved off in a few different ways.
The shadow chancellor's proposals for a shorter working week were welcomed by the trade unions with TUC general secretary Frances O'Grady saying:
"It's time for working people to share in the benefits of new technology."
Research has shown working fewer hours can result in employees being more productive overall. Germany has the shortest working hours among OECD member countries, yet manages to achieve among the highest productivity levels.
Stats show a German worker to be 27% more productive than British workers who works 1,676 hours a year compared to the German 1,363.