Tracking the four-day working week movement

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TUC, which represents the majority of trade unions in England and Wales, has called for the implementation of a four-day working week. It says this will be possible this century if businesses are forced to share the profits from new technology and automation with the workforce.

However, 51 percent of people TUC surveyed said they thought these profits would go to managers and shareholders. TUC general secretary Frances O’Grady will say “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… this century we can win a four-day working week, with decent pay for everyone,” at TUC’s annual conference, according to Sky News.

Places with four day working week

America

  • From 2008-2011, government employees of Utah state all began working ten-hour days from Monday to Thursday (CNN).

Africa

  • From 2013 – 2017, Gambia had a four-day workweek, with ten-hour working days. Then Gambia’s new president, Adama Barrow, made Fridays a half-day of work.

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History of Work

Most employed people had to wait till the early and mid twentieth century for an eight-hour day to be widely achieved in the industrialized world.

UK – In 1840 the average worker worked 69-hour weeks, according to The Huffington PostWomen and children in England were granted the ten-hour day in 1847.

France –  After the February Revolution of 1848 the working day was reduced to ten hours in Paris and eleven in the provinces (JSTOR).

Campaigns for four-day working week

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