A trade union body is calling for the introduction of a four-day working week in the UK - though it has warned it could take years to implement. The TUC wants companies to use new technology to allow their employees to work fewer hours while keeping the same pay. It argues that tech such as artificial intelligence (AI), automation, and robotics have provided huge benefits to businesses that are not being passed on to workers. Instead the union organisation is calling on the Government to make sure that firms use technology to improve worker pay and reduce workloads. However, it warned that winning these rights could be a long-fought campaign lasting until the end of the century. Frances O’Grady, TUC general secretary, said: “When the TUC’s first Congress took place 150 years ago, people worked 10 hours a day with only Sunday off. But in the last century we won a two-day weekend and limits on long hours. This century, we must raise our sights to reduce working time … [Read more...] about Four-day working week could come to the UK
Business By Rebecca Wearn Business reporter, BBC News 10 September 2018 comments Share this with Facebook Share this with Messenger Share this with Twitter Share this with Email Share this with Facebook Share this with WhatsApp Share this with Messenger Share this with Twitter Share Share this with These are external links and will open in a new window Email Share this with Email Facebook Share this with Facebook Messenger Share this with Messenger Messenger Share this with Messenger Twitter Share this with Twitter Pinterest Share this with Pinterest WhatsApp Share this with WhatsApp LinkedIn Share this with LinkedIn Copy this link https://www.bbc.com/news/business-45463868 Read more about sharing. These are external links and will open in a new window Close share panel A four-day working week will be possible this century if businesses are forced to … [Read more...] about Unions call for four-day working week
New technology should pave the way for a shorter working week and higher pay, a union leader is urging. Frances O'Grady, general secretary of the TUC, called for a four-day week so workers could share the wealth generated by technological advances. She will tell the TUC Congress in Manchester: "In the 19th century, unions campaigned for an eight-hour day. "In the 20th century, we won the right to a two-day weekend and paid holidays. "So, for the 21st century, let's lift our ambition again. "I believe that in this century we can win a four-day working week, with decent pay for everyone. "It's time to share the wealth from new technology. Not allow those at the top to grab it for themselves. "We need strong unions with the right to go into every workplace - starting with Amazon's warehouses here in the UK." Research by the TUC showed that most workers expect managers and shareholders will reap the benefits of new technology. poll loading Should the working week be cut to four days? 0+ … [Read more...] about Union leader says cut working week to four days
Nearly a third of carers are spending the equivalent of an average working week minding a loved one living with cancer.Many spend more than 45 hours every seven days in their role as carers.Over a fifth are also working full or part-time jobs outside the home."The research findings clearly demonstrate the significant time commitment involved in taking care of a loved one with blood cancer and the impact this can have on their own life with many people finding they do not have as much time for holidays, hobbies, socialising and spending time with their families," said Mary Kelly, chair of Multiple Myeloma Ireland."It is of the utmost importance that people who are providing this vital support for people with blood cancer, find the time they need for themselves and to ensure that they are getting the care that they need to help them during this stressful time."The figures have been released to mark Blood Cancer Awareness Month and a new campaign to make carers visible.Almost two-thirds … [Read more...] about Third of carers spend average working week minding loved one with cancer
With PwC letting workers choose their own hours, is the 9-to-5 working week still relevant? While the idea of the traditional 9-5 might be shifting in terms of where and how we work, we certainly shouldn’t abandon the principle of specific working hours altogether. There is no denying that technology is a fantastic enabler which empowers thousands of employees every day, allowing them to work flexibly and improve their work-life balance. However, when the right policies aren’t put in place, the technology used to enable flexible working can also create instances of employees being unable to switch off and encourage them to work longer hours than needed. In order to prevent employees adopting practices which negatively impact their work-life balance and mental wellbeing, leaders need to ensure that they create a culture which doesn’t promote “digital presenteeism” – where employees feel like they have to be constantly online, even outside of their … [Read more...] about DEBATE: With PwC letting workers choose their own hours, is the 9-to-5 working week still relevant?