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September 22, 2019

Victory for the 4-Day Week Campaign!

Labour adopt radical plan for 32-hour week with no reduction in pay within 10 years in response to calls from the Campaign, trade unions, and party members.

The Party has voted to implement a series of measures to move the country towards a 32-hour week within a decade. These measures include a gradual increase in bank holidays, strengthened trade unions, and limits on maximum hours of working time.


The Campaign enthusiastically welcomes these concrete proposals which will help to address the crisis of overwork and ensure that the gains of the economy – especially in relation to new forms of automation – are shared fairly with workers in the form of more leisure time. This decision follows a positive response to a report released by the Campaign earlier in the year.



Statement from the campaign:


Moving to a four-day week will drastically improve the lives of people up and down the country by giving them back the time to spend with their communities, their friends, their families and their loved ones. This is the boldest attempt to transform and improve people’s lives in a century.


For press enquiries please contact:

Aidan Harper


May 18, 2019

We were disappointed to hear that the Wellcome Trust abandoned its plans to trial a 4 day week. A reduction of working hours implemented at such a large and prestigious organisation would provide an inspiring example to other companies looking to make a change, and we believe they’ve missed an opportunity to create a happier, healthier and fairer workplace.

Momentum backing grassroots campaigns including the four-day week @Labour4DayWeek and a Green New Deal @LabGND – driving Labour’s radical agenda to be even more ambitious.

Labour members formed a Labour 4 Day Week group to push the demand within Labour for a reduction of working time without loss of pay.

The Wellcome Trust has scrapped plans to trial a four-day week for its 800 head office staff , saying it would be “too operationally complex to implement" and unfair on some staff.

Click here to read our statement in reaction to this announcement.

March 05, 2019

The Scotsman

A vote will be held at next month’s SNP conference on whether Scotland should adopt a four-day working week.

January 18, 2019

Wellcome Trust could become first big employer to launch four-day week

The Wellcome Trust is considering moving all of its 800 head office staff to a four-day week in a bid to boost productivity and improve work-life balance. A trial of the new working week could start as soon as this autumn, giving workers Fridays off with no reduction in pay.

October 06, 2018

The shadow chancellor said Labour will “look at the working week” as part of an examination of working practices ahead of drawing up the party's manifesto for the 2022 election.

October 03, 2018

The Green party announced it would make free time a key measure of UK wellbeing - replacing GDP as a barometer of economic progress.

Around 120,000 Royal Mail workers won a one-hour reduction or equivalent benefit to their working week. This reduction, is the first stage of a scheduled flight path from 39-hour to a 35-hour working week to anticipate the impact of the fourth industrial revolution in respect of new technologies and protect jobs whilst also protecting public service.

September 09, 2018

TUC is using its annual conference to call on the government to take action to help people work less but get paid the same.

Paddy Bettington looks at how technology shapes the nature of work and the impact of longer hours on the job market. He argues that we need to build stronger notions of collectivism, and that this could start with a focus on reducing working hours.


Jason Hickel argues that the growth-driven economic model we have adopted is killing our planet and that a shorter working week is part of the solution.

March 28, 2018

Perpetual Guardian is trialing four-day working weeks for its staff, while still paying them for five. If successful, the four-day week will be implemented for staff indefinitely.  CEO Andrew Barnes said the experiment had potential implications for everything from work/life balance to the gender pay gap and the mental well-being of workers.

March 14, 2018

Aidan Haper explains his vision for a new work/life settlement.

You can also listen to him reading and discussing his piece Robots are going to make England’s north-south divide even worse - that's why we need the four day work week, with Kirsty Major.

February 07, 2018

German workers won a key victory in their fight for a better work-life balance when a big employers’ group agreed to demands from the country’s largest trade union for the introduction of a 28-hour working week.

January 19, 2018

The Guardian - long read

Work has ruled our lives for centuries, and it does so today more than ever. But a new generation of thinkers insists there is an alternative. 

BBC Victoria Derbyshire

The analysis given exclusively to this programme by the workers' union the TUC, has found one in eight of us are working over 48 hours a week, something they warn can have a severe impact on our health.

        Reporter Michael Cowan has been to meet the companies pioneering new approaches to improve the work-life balance.

January 08, 2018

German workers strike for 28-hour week

More than 15,000 workers down tools at 80 companies as part of metalwork union’s campaign to improve work-life balance.

Huffington Post

Aidan Harper discusses the history of our 5 day week, issues of productivity and 4 key arguments for a shorter working week.

Open Democracy

Work is currently undergoing a complex and multifaceted crisis. In order address these challenges we need to radically rethink the way that work — both waged and unwaged — is distributed, the role that work should play in society, and the response to automation and the threat of mass unemployment.

The Independent

Jeremy Corbyn said that the new economy could be a “gateway to a new settlement between work and leisure”.

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