Valencia, testing laboratory for a 4-day week: 200,000 euros for companies that sign up

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The text requests a “business commitment” for a minimum 20% reduction of the work day in the weekly count

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Work four days a week? The debate has been going on in Spain for some time, but there has been no concrete action beyond some specific experience and the announcement of the government’s intentions. The Valencian Community, however, aspires to be the first laboratory in Spain to conduct the test. 32 hour weekly shift, Of course, with public incentives in the form of up to 200,000 euros in aid to companies that step in.

like a compass Marie Claire They are already interested in the new call for aid that Generalitat Valenciana intends to launch for the second half of the year, and also defends the economy by appealing for the energy savings that it means for companies amid rising prices. Will happen. The calculation is simple: if the work week is reduced to four days, commutes to the workplace are reduced. Environmental issues aside, its defenders also point to reconciliation.

For this reason, based on the call to which this newspaper had access, Generalitat would not only subsidize four-day work weeks, but also reduce the working day to 32 hours per week. The text calls for “professional commitment” a Minimum reduction of 20% of the working day in the weekly count, “when a normal working day equals 40 weekly hours”. But if the company’s working day is less than 40 hours, “the company’s commitment will be to reduce it to 32 hours a week.”

The project is planned for a longer period, as the subsidy can be extended to three years, albeit with a gradual reduction in the amount: 5,492 euros for each employee who takes advantage of the reduction in working hours in the first year, 2,746 second and 1,373 third. The beneficiary company can receive 9,611 euros for each employee, with a maximum limit of 200,000 over three years.

The ultimate goal is that the reduction in working hours is not accompanied by a pay cut. This is not the only condition required by the Generalitat, which will also ask beneficiary companies to sign an agreement with workers’ representatives and a plan to boost productivity. This is one of the keys to experimental experience, as its detractors say it makes no sense in a country with such low productivity.

In the words of the Autonomous Secretary of Emplio, Enrique Nomadedu, there is a clear argument for moving from theoretical reflection to facts: “We are working more than 100 hours of the European average, but we are one of the least productive countries”. In other words, “the equation that more hours of work, more productivity is not true.”

In any case, the entire workforce does not necessarily have to shorten their work days to qualify for assistance. What is required is that the worker has a full-time indefinite contract. Since then, companies with fewer than 10 employees will be asked to cut hours to affect at least two people. Companies with 49 employees must apply it to at least three, while in companies with 50 or more workers the effect must reach 20% of the workforce.

The purpose of the economy is to test a proposition that has many detractors. economist Joan Sanchis, advisor to the ministry, in his book Cuatro Das gives a fine warning. Do less work to live in a better world (Cembra) than risk making a “unilateral decision”. “If there is no participation and consensus of all the actors involved (administration or companies, workers, social and economic agents, etc.), then implementing such a measure may be counterproductive and may even result in a can contribute to creating a negative perception.”

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