The poorest 50% of households could see 13% boost in income by 2030 with 4-day week and higher minimum wage. It is part of a radical plan to solve the UK’s ongoing productivity crisis devised by thinktank the New Economics Foundation who are in favour of gradually reducing time spent working while raising minimum wages faster than planned. Britain is now in its tenth year of feeble labour productivity growth and politicians have so far failed to tackle the crisis. Their research shows that moving to a 4-day week by 2030 while lifting the national living wage to around £19 per hour rather than an expected level of £12 per hour would result in a rise of disposable income for the poorest 50% of households by 13% on average. For the poorest 10% of families, incomes rise by an average of 26%, while incomes for the richest 10% would be 8% lower. Last year Labour ’s shadow chancellor John McDonnell hinted that the party could support a four-day week as a way to ensuring … [Read more...] about Four day week and higher minimum wage could solve UK’s productivity crisis
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Rutger Bregman is a practised feather-ruffler. In January, the author of the bestseller Utopia for Realists and How We Can Get There rattled the World Economic Forum in Davos. Interrupting his fellow panellists, he abruptly asked why his hosts didn’t pay more taxes. “It feels like I’m at a firefighters’ conference and no one is allowed to speak about water,” said the 30-year-old Dutch historian. “We’ve got to be talking about taxes.” He had rehearsed that zinger in his hotel room the night before with his wife Maatje on Skype. “English isn’t my first language so you can’t rely on your improvisational skills,” he explains. It was filmed and won Bregman millions of fans. A month later, an unaired interview with Fox News host Tucker Carlson went viral. He accused Carlson of being a billionaire-class stooge, presenting a partisan news agenda that protects the status quo of his paymasters. Bregman endured a foul-mouthed … [Read more...] about Rutger Bregman on why a 15-hour working week is what the world needs
Lanark and Hamilton East MP Angela Crawley has called for the introduction of a four-day working week. Ms Crawley has submitted a motion to the SNP Conference, which will be held on April 27 and 28, backing the campaign. Delegates at the conference will get the opportunity to vote on a motion which calls for a Scottish Government review into how working practices should be adapted to meet people’s needs, including the possibility of a four-day working week. The motion also highlights the benefits of a reduced working week to an employee’s physical and mental health, as well as having a wider positive impact through reducing travel, increasing leisure time and providing flexibility for workers and their families. Ms Crawley joins a number of prominent figures that have backed a reduction in working hours, including the Trade Union Congress (TUC) and a number of leading academics. She said: “Work is increasingly consuming every aspect of our lives. “From … [Read more...] about Hamilton MP backs call for a four-day working week
If you try to contact Indy Cube, a provider of workspaces in Wales, after 5pm you receive an automatic message that would make a good manifesto for the fast-growing four-day week movement. “We’ll get back to you pretty quickly during working hours,” it says. “If you’re messaging us outside of these, we’re probably busy with other things, like horse-riding, karate, or good ole-fashioned sleep.” The firm is one of a growing number of employers giving their workers an extra day off for the same pay as a five-day week. There is emerging evidence that it can boost productivity for bosses and happiness for workers. Playgrounds, garden centres and gymnasiums are filling up on Fridays with people extending their leisure into a five-day working week that has been a staple of western culture since Henry Ford adopted it in 1926. And it is not just small businesses that might be spotting a chance to save a little money by turning the lights off one day a … [Read more...] about Is this the age of the four-day week?
0 Have your say Work is increasingly consuming every aspect of our lives. From commuting, undertaking long hours and checking emails out of the office – it’s difficult to know when the working week starts and ends, writes Angela Crawley MP. For many people, working nine-to-five, five days a week is now as outdated as clocking in and out for lunch.Technological advances have changed the nature of the way we work, yet working patterns have remained the largely the same.In the 19th century, people worked ten hours a day with only Sunday off. Last century, we moved to a two-day weekend and limits on long hours.Yet our employment system now means we are working longer days, for stagnant wages and for larger parts of our adult lives.In the UK, we work some of the longest hours in the EU and clock-up around £32 billion worth of unpaid overtime – all whilst suffering the longest pay squeeze in 200 years.We do so because there is a conception that … [Read more...] about Four-day week: Read this and you’ll be convinced it makes sense – Angela Crawley