The UK works longer hours than most of Europe.

It is not making us more productive.

It is making us sick, driving inequality and destroying our planet.

It’s time for a 4 Day Week.

We believe that a 4 Day Week will benefit our society, our economy, our environment and our democracy.

There are a number of options for introducing shorter working-time, which will reflect the requirements of different sectors. Our preferred option is for a four-day, 32-hour working week (or any equivalent variation) with no reduction in pay (except for the highest earners who can clearly afford to take the option).

 

Society

 

  • Better mental & physical health – more time to recuperate, exercise, socialise and spend time with family.

  • A fairer society – a more equal share of paid and unpaid work, including of caring roles traditionally ascribed to women.

  • Strengthened communities – more time to build relationships, to care for children, the elderly and the disabled.

 

Economy

 

  • Lower unemployment –  Incredibly, the UK suffers simultaneously from overwork, unemployment and underemployment. A four-day week is an intuitively simple way to rebalance the economy and address many problems.

  • Increased productivity - studies show that working fewer hours would boost the UK’s productivity.

  • Boost to tourism - with more free leisure time, the tourism sector would benefit from people taking more short breaks in the UK.

 

Environment

 

  • A more sustainable lifestyle – more free time allows us to make environmentally positive choices; cycling and walking instead of driving, cooking with fresh ingredients rather than buying energy intensive ready meals.

  • A reduced carbon footprint Research has shown that a four-day week would reduce carbon emissions from electricity production by up to 24%.

 

Democracy

 

  • More time to engage with politics, participate in local campaigns and shape society at a local, national and international level

 

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