Labour wants four-day working week

23rd May 2009, Comments 0 comments

The Labour Party is calling for the introduction of a four-day working week to combat unemployment.

THE HAGUE - The Labour Party is calling for the introduction of a four-day working week to combat unemployment. PvdA parliamentary chairwoman Mariëtte Hamer will launch the proposal this week during a debate with the government.

The social democrats say a four-day week will help distribute scarce employment in a fairer way. Ms Hamer stresses that it will also make it easier for families combine work and childcare.

A four-day week would require the government to make changes in labour legislation. The parliamentary leader expects Education Minister Ronald Plasterk will back the plan.

So far the cabinet has been fighting unemployment by reducing working hours and partial unemployment. Trade union FNV has been calling for a four-day working week for some time.

Radio Netherlands / Expatica

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