A Four-Day Week at Five Days’ Pay

Source: The American Prospect
by Sarah Jaffe

“When organizer and researcher Aidan Harper first began advocating for a four-day workweek in Britain, six or seven years back, he remembers being treated like a novelty act, like surfing dogs. Over the past couple of years, though, things have changed. Now, governments across Europe are backing trials of shorter workweeks, companies are offering it as a perk, and when he is invited on the radio, instead of being mocked, he’s earnestly asked how it will work. … In Economic Possibilities for our Grandchildren, first published in 1930, John Maynard Keynes predicted that over the next century, the workweek would fall to just 15 hours. Instead, workers have seen productivity diverge from pay, rising inequality, and for many Americans, increased work hours. Can we reverse that trend, and reclaim some of our time?” [editor’s note: Hourly wages have been outdated for years; try being self employed – SAT] (07/27/22)