The new collective agreement that unions signed with the Icelandic Confederation of Enterprise (SA) on Wednesday leaves opens the possibility for shortened working hours, with the goal of making the labour market more family friendly. However, the exact way in which this reduction will be implemented, or whether it is at all, is up to individual workplaces to determine. Although shortening the work week was a point of priority for all unions, Mbl.is reports that different unions came to slightly different arrangements with SA on the issue. According to VR Union’s website, the contract opens the possibility for shortening the working week by anywhere between 45 minutes and two hours, while a union federation leader has stated the week could be reduced by up to four hours. Implementation could vary At a press conference last night, Flosi Eiríksson, Managing Director of the Federation of General and Special Workers (SGS), presented four ways in which … [Read more...] about Collective Agreement Opens Possibility for Shorter Work Week
Working 9 to 5, Monday to Friday, is the main way to make a living for many workers, but should the working week change? A four-day working week has been mooted - with workers dropping a day, but working longer hours, reports Perspecs. Some argue that it should be the "fundamental aim of our economy", and it could address the inequality in the workplace. However, there could be health risks to the four-day week. The Claim Aidan Harper, a researcher at the New Economics Foundation, argues that a four-day working week could "help solve Britain’s inequality problem". Writing for the Guardian, he says that a four-day week - without a reduction in pay - would "drastically improve our economy and our society". Harper argues: "It should be seen as a fundamental aim of our economy, one that would directly address a range social justice issues including persistent economic and gender inequality." The debate around a four-day week has focused on the business case, but Harper wants to … [Read more...] about Is a four-day working week really possible?
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
A series of spring cycles has been organised by Falkirk Active Travel Hub. Sadly, the weather didn’t play ball for the first of the six planned rides on Sunday, March 10, but the weather was kinder on Saturday for the second meander. And it is hoped the rides will take off in a similar fashion to the meanders the travel hub team first launched in Stirling, which now regularly attract around 30 cyclists.While starting on a small scale, hub co-ordinator Ray Burr is hopeful the Cycle Falkirk Meander Rides will prove to be just as popular.He said: “We still have spaces available for our remaining cycles, on Sunday, April 14; Saturday, April 27; Sunday, May 12 and Saturday, May 25.“Each of the rides leaves from the hub, apart from May 12 which is being staged at The Helix as part of The Wee Jaunt, an event which has been organised by Pedal for Scotland.“We take a leisurely-paced ride on a mainly traffic-free route from the hub to the Kelpies, stop for sustenance, … [Read more...] about Sign up for a Cycle Falkirk Meander Ride during Ride to Work Week 2019
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