How to Win a Shorter Working Week
Discussion on winning a shorter working week with John McDonnell
Committee Room 10, Palace of Westminster, 1 Parliament St, London, SW1A 0AA
There is no natural law determining the amount of time we spend in work. The weekend and the eight-hour day were won by trade unions — and today, arguments for shortening the working week are growing stronger.
Automation and prospects for a rebooted Green New Deal have injected the debate with a new urgency.
Automation could and should bring gains for workers, eliminating work that can be experienced as dull and repetitive, as well as increasing productivity. A well-planned transition would see all workers shorten their working time without reducing their material quality of life: providing more time to recuperate, participate in democratic process and fulfil caring responsibilities.
How can we transition to a shorter working week that benefits workers and the economy? What forces are coming together to make it a reality?
NEF invites you to the launch of our new programme working with unions and businesses to achieve a shorter working week in the UK.
- John McDonnell MP — Shadow Chancellor
- Miatta Fahnbulleh — CEO, New Economics Foundation
- Sharon Graham — Unite Executive Officer
- Ian Waddell — General Secretary of CSEU
- Amie Sparrow — Memiah Ltd, a wellbeing and health communications company trialling a 4 day week with its 30+ employees
This will be part of a series of events on work organised by NEF in collaboration with Tribune Magazine.
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