FINLAND'S PM CALLS FOR SHORTENING WORKING HOURS


25/08/2020




Selin ATAY-TDO- Arguing shorter hours could be offset by increased productivity, Finland’s Prime Minister Sanna Marin made a call for cutting the current eight-hour working day in her keynote speech to her Social Democratic Party on Monday.

Marin, who bring forward an idea of a six-hour day before becoming prime minister, would need to convince the other four parties in her coalition to push through a reduction in the working day amid rising unemployment due to coronavirus (COVID-19).

“We need to create a clear vision and concrete steps as to how Finland can proceed towards shorter working hours and Finnish employees towards better working life,” the Finland’s leader told her party members.

The 34-year-old leader had elected her chairwoman of the Social Democrats on Sunday.

Earlier on Monday, her party conference rejected a proposal to experiment with a six-hour working day, adopting instead the objective of shortening hours or introducing more flexibility into working life. 

Finland’s PM said shorter working hours could become possible by increasing productivity and were not in conflict with strong public finances or the government’s goal of lifting Finland’s employment rate from the current 73.7% to at least 75%.

“The wealth brought about by the increase in labour productivity has to be split not only between owners and investors but also to ordinary employees,” PM Sanna Marin said.


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