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A four-day working week continues to gain favor, says Head of Work and Pay at the New Economics Foundation think tank in the UK, Alice Martin, speaking ahead of her appearance at Swinburne's Society 4.0 Conference.
Arguments around reducing working time are highly relevant and increased automation in the workforce has injected the debate with a new urgency, says Ms Martin.
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"Obtaining shorter working hours without a loss in pay offers a way to tackle symptoms of overwork—providing people with more time to relax, spend time with friends and family, to participate in democratic processes and to fulfill caring responsibilities," she says.
The New Economics Foundation aims to transform the economy so it works for people and the planet. As part of her role, Ms Martin leads projects on the future of work and trade unions. She is also an advisor to Autonomy—a new think tank dedicated to preparing for the future of work.
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The New Economics Foundation has been advocating for a reduced working week for over a decade. In 2015, the '4 Day Week Campaign' was set up by a group arguing that a four-day working week "will benefit our society, our economy, our environment and our democracy."
Ms Martin says a four-day working...
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