Finland PM Sanna Marin proposes four-day working week
Finland's new Prime Minister Sanna Marin, also the youngst PM, has proposed for a four day working week giving a reason that the change would let the people spend more time with their families. PM Sanna, a social democrat, took charge of the office in December 2019, leads a broad coalition that includes greens, leftists and centrists.
She said that "I believe that people deserve to spend more time with their families, loved ones, hobbies and other aspects of life, such as culture." It could be the next step for us in working life," she added. Marin is the world's youngest serving national leader stated that the standard working day should be reduced to six hours, down from the current eight hours.
Likewise, the working week in Europe was shortened around the turn of the 20th century under the pressure from the labour movement, with the introduction of the modern two-day weekend and the eight-hour day. Meanwhile, the chnage has been slower in the recent decades, with five day week and eight hour day as the standard benchmark.
As per report, French PM Lionel Jospin brought a 35-hour work week concept in the beginning of the 21st century which met with limited success with many loopholes and low uptake.