Selin ATAY-TDO- Spain’s left-wing government is set to pilot a four-day work week as a response to the novel type of coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic. Under plans backed by the Spain’s finance ministry, financial aid would be provided to companies that cut the working week to 32 hours with no loss of pay.
The pilot, which has a price tag of around 50 million euros, was proposed by small left-wing party Más País. Íñigo Errejón, the leader of, Más País, confirmed that the the finance ministry had accepted the plan. In response to critics that the idea was unrealistic, the leader of Más País said that “The eight hour working day was unrealistic a century ago."
The pilot represented "a sensible idea that should be in every government's toolbox coming out of this crisis", Maria Alvarez, a businesswoman and founder of the 4 Day Week Campaign in Spain, said. “What this pilot reveals is that the four- day week has never been a moonshot. Quite the opposite," she added.
The country is governed by a coalition of the centre-left PSOE party and the smaller left-wing parties Podemos and United Left, with ad hoc support from other smaller parties, including Más País.