A new book by economists is suggesting that making 30 hours the new normal for a work week would be beneficial, and possible, for workers.
According to The Telegraph, economists who contributed to the book say that a 10 hour reduction from today's standard 40-hour work week would improve our health, life with our family, our relationships with others, and communities overall.
Another claim made in the book is that a 30-hour work week could also lower our carbon emissions, according to Naija247news.
These few examples are, according to The Telegraph, just a few of the many claims being made in a new book by New Economics Foundation (NEF). They also claim that it is possible with "gradual changes in the labour market."
The Roosevelts reported that experts in the book said that companies should be "encouraged" to give people more time off instead of pay raises. Also they should think about a 4-day work week for young people who just entered the job market, according to Naija247news.
Experts who contributed to the book also said that the Government should "give all workers a right to request shorter hours and increase the minimum wage," which the book says Belgium has already done, according to The Telegraph.
Anne Coote, NFE's head of public policy, which is an independent think-tank, said that it's time to make part-time the new full-time, according to Naija247news. She added that "We must rethink the way we divide up our hours between paid and unpaid activities, and make sure everyone has a fair share of free time."
The Roosevelts said that the book claimed that Belgium, the Netherlands, and Germany have shown that changes the book has suggested would not weaken economies.
The book also said, according to The Telegraph:
"Time spent providing unpaid care constitutes an important civic contribution that is often unrecognized.
"A shorter working week would both ease the pressure on carers, most of whom are women, and enable their responsibilities to be more widely shared with men. It could therefore help tackle the entrenched domestic bases of gender inequalities."
Naija247news also said that Coote made these remarks:
“We all know the saying ‘time is money’, but it is much more precious than that.
“Inequalities between rich and poor are widening. This scandal masks another inequality – between those who have plenty of control over their time, and those who don’t.
“Time poverty and money poverty often go hand in hand.”
“Having too little time to call our own can seriously damage our health and wellbeing, our family life, friendships and communities.
“No one should be made to work long and unsocial hours to make ends meet. Low pay and long-hours working must be tackled at the same time.”
Authors of the new book include Tim Jackson, Robert Skidelsky, and Juliet Schor, according to The Telegraph. Jackson is a professor of sustainable development at the University of Surrey, Skidelsky is the emeritus professor of political economy at Warwick University, and Schor is a professor in the sociology department at Boston College.