The Belgian plan to work more hours fewer days, an option for the four-day week in Spain

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The four-day work week is giving a lot to talk about, and the last to join the conversation has been Belgium with a plan that, as we explained in Engadget, does not comply with the principles of this model, but rather rather it is a flexibility of the day so that the professional can configure it as he sees fit. Even working ten hours from Monday to Thursday to get Friday off. A formula that could reach Spain, with nuances, through the pilot project that the Government plans to launch to test the four-day working week in private companies.

And it is that, according to advances The Independent, Más País, the party behind this initiative that was accepted by the Executive, has proposed to the Ministry of Industry that companies that reduce 10% of their workers’ working hours can also benefit from the aid of this project. That is to say, four hours less, a total of 36 a weekfor the 32 proposed by the defenders of the original model and other similar initiatives, such as that of the Valencian Community.

Likewise, the proposal includes that employers and workers can negotiate how they prefer to distribute the day with fewer hours, being able to choose to distribute them over five days to work less or concentrate them on specific days. As well as the Workers’ Statute establishes, in its article 34, that the number of ordinary hours of effective work may not exceed nine daily, the project offers the possibility of dividing those 36 hours over four days at nine hours per daysomething very similar to what Belgium proposes.

In this way, Más País opens the door to a four-day working day that is different from the one raised at firstwhich was linked exclusively to a reduction to 32 hours per week of work, in line with what de Compromís proposed, and is going to carry out, in the Valencian Community.

This variation does not imply that the possibility that companies can reduce their working week to 32 hours is ruled out. In fact, the more they reduce it, the more chances they will have of being granted the aid and in greater economic amount. rather it seems an attempt to make the project more attractive so that the many who still do not see anything clear come closer to him.

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Conditions and amount

In order to receive the economic aid of this subsidy, the workers linked to the project will have to be indefinite and full-time, and the company must commit to reduction for at least two years. The conditions will have to be agreed between the employees and the company through the company committee or, if it does not exist, with the most representative unions in the sector.

Refering to amount of the aid, El Independiente informs that it will be up to 3,500 euros per year per worker for companies with between 5 and twenty employees, up to 3,000 euros for companies with between 21 and 50 workers, and up to 2,000 euros for organizations with between 51 and 250 employees.

The More Country proposal will now have to be reviewed by the Ministry of Industry, which could introduce variations to the text, so it is not the definitive plan. What is clear is that the project to test the four-day working week in Spain at a national level is going to be carried out in one way or another, since the plan has already received an endowment of 10 million euros to be executed in the General State Budgets of 2022.

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The four-day work week is giving a lot to talk about, and the last to join the conversation has been…

The four-day work week is giving a lot to talk about, and the last to join the conversation has been…

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