UNITE FOR 35
And then for 30.
The struggle for the alternative to austerity and furthering sustainable growth means taking up the historic struggle for better working time arrangements. The struggle for a life of one’s own and against slavery has meant people demanding freedom over control of the waking time of the individual. The struggle for the 10hours bill, the factory acts limiting child labour and the 8 hour day were all part of this. 1979-80 was the last time that the nation united under the general slogan of “UNITE FOR 35” The EU working time directive under the “Social” Chapter was used to shortcut the natural movement holding it up and blocking progress. The EU directive was a fraud and also designed to extend the working week only limiting time to a theoretical 48hours maximum. This block has to now be removed. It is time to continue where we left off.
For continuity in the struggle for a shorter working week, working day, working life!!! Investing in labour, so that workers are not tired out through work, is more economic in terms of adding value. Working to live and not living for work is the formula that turns upside down the notion of what life is all about. More time for workers to study and improve skills as well as leisure and cultural enhancement. It means more time for workers to be able to fully participate in the political life of the country. Improving workers chances of a healthy and longer life. For a longer weekend and shorter working day!!! The move from the 8 hour day towards the 6 hour day must start now!!!
Fewer hours means less stressed and more productive workers. More time with families means mentally and physically healthier workers and a happier people.
• Shorter hours to cut unemployment.
• More flexible employment conditions to encourage more equal distribution of unpaid work between women and men particularly extended paid parental leave with entitlements to time off to look after sick children, attend school meetings, etc.
• More job-sharing.
• Limits on overtime, to spread work opportunities and cut hours.
• Earlier retirement and full State Pensions for all men and women.
• Longer paid holidays.